Constance N. Nichols

Chair, Professor of Education
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Phone: 724-458-3892

Constance N. Nichols


  • B.A., Grove City College
  • M.S., Duquesne University
  • Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

Selected Works:

  • Stebick, D. & Nichols, C. N. (2014). Language of Harry’s Wizards: Authentic Vocabulary Instruction. New England Journal of Reading
  • The University of Pittsburgh School and Social Policy Leadership Program, March 2013: Understanding higher education policy in Pennsylvania and implications for policy professionals
  • The Association of Teacher Educators of America, February, 2013: Conference delegate representing governance matters and advocacy on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Educators
  • The Midwestern Early Childhood Institute, February, 2013: Building blocks of literacy: Best practices in literacy education for early childhood educators
  • The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, November 2011: Looking Through the Window of the Master Word Approach: An Investigation of Adolescent Vocabulary Instruction
  • PAC-TE, October 2011: Navigating New Roads Together: Innovative Practices in Preparing Pre-Service Teachers at Similar Institutions. Panelist, facilitator: Amy Rogers
  • PAC-TE, October 2011: Unique Field Experiences: Local, State, National, and International
  • Northwestern Regional STEM Conference, April 2010, and May 2011: BEST Robotics at Grove City College
  • PAC-TE, October 2010: Invited panelist, keynote lecture: Trends in Standards and Best Practices in Reading Education
  • PAC-TE, October 2010: Integrating Campus and Community Resources: Early Childhood Education
  • Association of Teacher Educators, February, 2010: Moving the Mountain, Creating culturally relevant educators in a monocultural setting
  • PAC-TE, October 2009: Education Career Services: Preparing Students from Day One
  • Association of Teacher Educators, February, 2009: Creating Effective Leadership in Pre-service Teachers through Collaborative Community Projects
  • The National Reading Conference, November, 2008: The Effects of Three Methods of Introducing Vocabulary to Elementary Students: Traditional, Friendly Definitions, and Parsing
  • PAC-TE, October, 2008: Developing Holistic Leaders to Meet the Needs of the Whole Child
  • PAC-TE, October 2008: Making Practicum More Practical

Awards, Grants and Academic Interests:

  • Grove City College ODK Professor of the Year, 2014
  • The Midwestern Institute for Early Childhood Education at Grove City College
  • Coordinator of Grove City College Heinz Endowments Grant
  • Counselor of Distinction, Kappa Delta Pi, 2009
  • Grove City College Kappa Delta Pi Distinguished Educator Award, 2008
  • Recipient of Roger Grein Philanthropy in Higher Education Grant, 2008-2009
  • January 2014-Present: Board of Directors, Steering Committee: Hope Center for the Arts and Technology, Sharon/Farrell area, Pennsylvania.
  • April, 2012-Present: Educational consultant, Synergy Community Foundation.
  • February, 2012-November 2012: Special appointment by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education.
  • September, 2011-Present: Executive Council Member, Midwestern Early Childhood Council, and Co-Coordinator of the Early Childhood Professional Development Outreach at Grove City College.
  • 2006, 2007, 2008 Pennsylvania Department of Education: Participant in Pennsylvania Middle Level Certification Guideline Committee
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Testimony to the House Education Committee, October, 2013
  • Government Relations Committee, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Middle Level Work Group, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • May 2010-2013: Collaborator, Steering Committee Member Northwestern Pennsylvania STEM Initiative

Courses Taught:

  • Reading Disabilities (SEDU 308), 2012-Present
  • Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education (EDUC 343), 2001-Present
  • Elementary Student Teaching (EDUC 441/443), 2001-2014
  • Teaching Elementary Mathematics (EDUC 327), 2001-2006
  • Teaching Elementary Reading (EDUC 323), 2006-2009
  • Teaching Elementary Language Arts (EDUC 326), 2006-2009
  • Developmental Reading (ENGL 401), 2008-Present
  • Teaching Upper Elementary/Middle Level Literacy (EDUC 326), 2010-Present

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

  • Long distance running


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