Amy E. Ryken

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

Amy Ryken

In my teaching, advising, research, and service I’m deeply interested in the life long journey of becoming the teacher each of us hopes to be, in engaging teaching and learning as intellectual and humanizing acts, and in confronting biases and inequities in the personal and institutional relations of our daily lives. I study teacher learning, how to create equitable classroom spaces, and partnerships that foster connections between schools and community resources. 

The School of Education at the University of Puget Sound is a strong and active learning community with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program, a Master of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) program, and minor in Education Studies. What attracted me to the School of Education 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 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.

At present, I teach masters' seminars focused on 1) secondary science and mathematics teaching, 2) engaging cultural competence dilemmas and unlearning racism, and 3) an undergraduate course focused on classroom teaching.

Throughout my time at Puget Sound I have actively pursued culturally responsive practice and contributed collaboratively to the ongoing work of equity. I have been significantly involved with diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus such as serving as chair of the Committee on Diversity and co-leading the initiative to add the Knowledge, Identity, and Power (KNOW) graduation requirement; serving on the Diversity Advisory Council, co-founding the Transgender Advocacy and Inclusion Committee; supporting the work of the Race and Pedagogy Institute; serving on the Gender and Queer Studies Advisory Board; and leading the Advancing Systemic Equity grant work to center race and community in the MAT curriculum. 

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

Teaching Awards
Kappa Alpha Theta, Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017 
President's Teaching Award, 2007
Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award, 2004

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