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Eva Van Der Giessen

Eva Van Der Giessen

Associate Professor



A native from Sudbury, I completed my Honors Bachelor Degree in German and my Bachelor Degree in Education at the University of Western.  Following a year of teaching in Sudbury, I moved to California where I had my two children and taught English, German, and journalism.  While I was teaching, I completed my Post Graduate Degrees. Once I completed my Ph. D., I moved to West Virginia, where I taught at two different universities for 13 years and then I was given the opportunity to return to Sudbury to teach in the new School of Education.  I am thrilled to be back home and love teaching at Laurentian.



University of California Riverside Doctor of Philosophy; Educational Psychology, Special Education, Educational Research

Ph. D. Dissertation TitleFather involvement in families with children who have severe handicaps: Relationship to stress and marital adjustment.


California State University, Long Beach; Masters of Science

M.S. Thesis Title: Disabled Characters in Kinder und Hausmaerchen.


The University of Western Ontario; Bachelor of Arts in Education 

Certifications: IS English, German, Special Education (K-12)


The University of Western Ontario; Bachelor of Arts with Honours German

Academic Appointments

2005 - present: Laurentian University Associate Professor with Tenure

1998-2005: Fairmont State University, West Virginia

2001 granted Tenure and promoted to Associate Professor

1992-1998: Salem-Teikyo University, West Virginia

On The Web


Self Study: Improving my teaching practices through reflection and encouraging autonomous learning in my students

2001 - Present: Textbook reviewer for Oxford University Press, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, John Wiley & Sons, Canada, Allyn & Bacon Longman, and McGraw Hill

2008: Implications of poverty

2007: Effective assessment and evaluation tools and practices for working with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students with special needs

2005: Positive practices for successful inclusion

2005: Using WebCT to prepare and retain educators in rural Appalachia

2004: Online course development

1993: Cooperative learning and interculturalism

1994: Mental retardation (Intellectual Disabilities) and the home environment


  • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005 and 1998
  • Webster Award for faculty research and publication, 1993
  • President's Award for Outstanding Thesis, California State Long Beach, 1987


Educational Psychology / Special Education

Educ3006-EL -01, -02, and -03

I teach three sections of Educational Psychology/Special Education each year (36 Hours each)

Mental Health Special Education

Educ4139 (PJ), Educ4239-01 (JI), and Educ4239-02 (JI) 18 hours each

Student Teachers

I supervise 6-7 student teachers during their first placement during the fall


• Van der Giessen, E. G. (2008Editor for Canadian Edition: Instructor’s Manual for Canadian Edition: Educational Psychology: Reflection for Action. (O’Donnell, D’Amico, Schmid, Reeve, & Smith.

• van der Giessen, E. G. (2004).  Companion Website for Learning Disabilities. Hallahan and Kaufman (  Allyn & Bacon Longman Publishers.

• Rousey, A.M., van der Giessen, E.G., Blacher, J. (1992).  Psychometric Data: The U.C.R. Families Project.

Refereed Journal

Buley, J.  ,Danyluk, P. & van der Giessen, E.G. (2009). Concurrent Education Programme at Laurentian University: what have we learned from the first graduating class? Journal of Teaching and Learning.6(1)39-54. 

• -all three authors shared the work of the research and the writing equally and thus used alphabetical order for the names.