Eva Van Der Giessen
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 Title: Father 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
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
I supervise 6-7 student teachers during their first placement during the fall
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.