Office: Breiseth Hall
Dr. Gina Zanolini Zanolini Morrison
Global History & Languages
Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison taught multicultural...
education classes for ten years in the Education Department as part of the program's mission to prepare future teachers for the diversity of American classrooms.
Now, in her new role as doctoral faculty mentor...
Dr. Morrison is helping to prepare the extraordinary women and men pursuing the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) degree under the newly formed School of Education. In this challenging new program, she teaches courses in Leadership, Diversity and Societal Change and qualitative research methods, among other courses in the Higher Education Administration track.
With more than 20 years...
in the field of multicultural education, having taught inner-city youth and English language learners before coming to Wilkes University in 1996, she served as the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs until 2002, when she joined the ranks of full-time faculty. In addition to teaching classroom management, first year foundations, and English as a second language teaching methods, she served as the coordinator for the ESL specialist certification program. She continues to serve as the ESL coordinator for the undergraduate program while the ESL certificate availability is being expanded to graduate studies.
A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania...
she holds a B.S. in Secondary Education/Communications from Kutztown University and an M.S. in Counselor Education from Marywood University. She is a PA state-certified Secondary Education Guidance Counselor and is certified to teach secondary level English, Communications, Speech & Theatre and ESL, K-12. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development/Instructional Leadership from Marywood University. Her dissertation involved a phenomenological study entitled Students of Color at a Predominantly White University, and her current research continues to focus on cultural identity development within multicultural contexts. She has published journal articles on related topics and has presented at international conferences in the United States, Malaysia, and India. Dr. Morrison has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and hopes to establish linkages to conduct international research with educators in Malaysia.
In Dr. Morrison's words...
"Our program here is unique because we offer a continuum of services for educational leaders, from pre-service teachers to doctoral students. Teaching and leading are skills that are sharpened through research, and we encourage our students to find out for themselves what the best practices are. We them to question, to explore, and to come to their own conclusions: we don’t expect them to take our word for it! It’s an exciting time to be in education. Our goal is to develop leaders who embrace the changes and welcome the challenges that are happening in American classrooms, while serving the individual students of those classrooms with competence and compassion."