Amy E. Ryken

Dean and Professor, M.A.T. Program, School of Education

Amy Ryken

In my teaching and research I’m deeply interested in the life-long journey of becoming the teacher each of us hopes to be. I study teacher learning and I’m particularly interested in partnerships that foster connections between schools and community resources such as outdoor environments, museums, and work places.

What attracted me to the School of Education at the University of Puget Sound is the commitment to reflective teaching practices, collaboration, and engaging the dilemmas of the profession. I feel very fortunate to engage daily with students and colleagues who pose challenging questions and are willing to make themselves vulnerable by making their teaching practices public for critique and analysis. I love working with a cohort of students over a year; I get to know my students well and very much enjoy contributing to, and witnessing, their growth as professionals. It is very rewarding to learn and grow as an educator in collaborative dialogue.

I teach undergraduate courses focused on classroom teaching and masters' courses focused on science and math (both K-8 and secondary) in the M.A.T. program.

For more information about the courses I teach see the syllabi. For more information about my research and professional engagement see my curriculum vitae and publications.

Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley
School of Education
Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation, 2001

M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
School of Public Health
Health Education, 1990

B.A., Mills College
Biochemistry, 1985

K-12 Teaching Experience
Education Director
Berkeley Biotechnology Education, Inc.

Science Teacher
Berkeley High School
1990-1994, 1985-1988

Health Educator
Richmond Unified School District
Contra Costa County Health Department

Student Teacher
Wildwood Elementary School
Piedmont Middle School
Berkeley High School

Higher Education Teaching Experience
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Professor 2013-present
Associate Professor 2007-2013
Assistant Professor 2001-2007

Laney Community College, Oakland, CA
Co-op Education Instructor 1996-2001