Virginia Chambers, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Education
Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
- Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Pennsylvania State University
- Master of Education, University of Virginia
- Doctor of Education, Reading Education, University of Pittsburgh
- Technological Literacy for Education
- Building Family Partnerships
- Art and Music in Teaching
- Reading Methods I and II
- Differentiated Reading for the Developing Child
- Math Methods I and II
- Student Teaching Seminar
- Technological Applications Across the Curriculum
Virginia Hall Chambers, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education at Point Park and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining Point Park, Chambers was a research and teaching assistant and university liaison for the reading specialist intern program at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. Before that, she participated in New York University's Steinhardt Global Program at the Institute of Education in London and Oxford, England. For 10 years, Chambers was a second grade teacher and kindergarten teacher at Takoma Park Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., and a third grade teacher at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, Md. Chambers has presented both nationally and internationally on children's literature and reading.
Chambers is committed to providing unique experiences for the students. She coordinates the Student Teaching Abroad programs in Ireland and Spain. Most recently, Chambers has been focused on building literacy and interdisciplinary teaching in maker spaces. She is the primary investigator for Point Park University's National Science Foundation awarded grant, “Transforming Integrative Makerspace Education for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Pre-Service Teachers."
- Reading Specialist Certification (K-12)
- Maryland Standard Professional II (K-6)
- Pennsylvania Instructional I (K-6)
"Engaging Students in STEM." Chambers, V., Marnich, M., York, K. Futurum Journal. January 2023.
- "Caldecott Medal Picturebooks from the 1970s and 2000s: Promoting or Hindering Cross-Cultural Understanding?" Childhood Education, 2011.
- "Books without Boundaries: Children's Literature that Supports Global Awareness, Global Book Review, 2011.
- "Expecting the Unexpected: Explorations into Historical Research," History of Reading News, 2010.
- "Coaches and Coaching in Reading First Schools: A Reality Check," co-author, Elementary School Journal, 2010.
Chambers, V., Marnich, M., York, K. (2023). Transforming Integrative Maker Education for STEM. Research presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, May 4, 2023, Chicago, IL.
"Maker Space Matters- Partnership with Purpose," co-presenter at the Make Play Learn Conference, July 2023, Madison, WI.
Chambers, V. & York, K. (2022). T.I.M.E. for STEM. Workshop presented at the Hawaii University International STEM/STEAM & Education Conference, June 9, 2022, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Chambers, V. & York, K. (2022). T.I.M.E. for STEM. Workshop presented for Remake Learning Days, May 23, 2022, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Chambers, V., Marnich, M., & York, K. (2022). Transforming Integrative Maker Education for STEM. Research presented at the International Conference on Humanities, Social, and Educational Sciences, April 22, 2022, Los Angeles, California.
- Chambers, V. (2021). Embracing the 4 C’s through Poetry and Makerspaces. Research presented at the UKLA International Conference, July 3, 2021, Oxford, England.
- Chambers, V. & York, K. (2021). T.I.M.E. for STEM. Research presented at the Women Ed US Virtual Unconference, July 23, 2021.
- "A Century of Children's Literature," The Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2012.
- "Exploring the Past from a New Perspective: Using a Multigene Approach for Historical Research About Pioneers in the Reading Field," co-presenter, National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas, December 2010.
- "Caldecott Award Books from the 1970s and 2000s: Promoting or Hindering Cross-Cultural Understanding?" International Reading Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill. April 2010.
- "Optimal Distance Delivery Models for International Contexts: Faculty Analysis," CGSE Annual Research Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2010.
- "A Comparison of Two American Readers: 1936 and 2009," National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, N.M., December 2009.
- "Nietz Old Schoolbook Collection: Comparing Cultural Diversity in American Readers from 1865, 1936 & 2009," poster presentation at the International Research Society for Children's Literature Biennial Congress, Frankfurt, Germany, Aug. 8-12, 2009.
Service and Honors
- FEA Faculty representative, Point Park University
- Act 48 Workshop presenter, Frick Art and Historical Center, 2012
- National Reading Conference proposal reviewer, 2009-2011
- Book Reviewer, History of Reading Special Interest Group, 2010
- NCTEAR Conference proposal reviewer, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
- Varsity tennis coach, Mt. Lebanon High School, 2009-2012
- USTA Middle States AMD Coach of the Year
- International Reading Association
- United States Board on Books for Young People
- International Research Society for Children's Literature
- Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- International Society for Technology in Education
In the News
- "How Can We Make STEM Subjects More Engaging for Students?" Futurum, Jan. 2023. This article was produced by Futurum Careers, a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine (STEM) and social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy (SHAPE). For more information, teaching resources, and course and career guides, see www.futurumcareers.com.
Point Park Features
- "School of Education Students Gain Classroom Experience Through Faculty's Maker, STEM Research," Point Park University website, May 17, 2023.
- "English Secondary Education Alumna Caitlin Dee '17 Teaches in Malta Through Fulbright Student Program," Point Park University website, Dec. 16, 2022.
- "At Celebration of Student Teaching, School of Education Graduates Reflect on Field Experiences," Point Park University website, May 9, 2022.
- "Education Alumna Amanda Ardinger '13 is an Award-Winning Special Education Teacher," Point Park University website, April 1, 2022.
- "School of Education Students Reflect on Value of Student Teaching Abroad in Spain," Point Park University website, Feb. 7, 2022.
- "Point Park University School Of Education Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Support STEM Educator Training," Point Park University website, Nov. 30, 2021.
- "Photos: Point Park's School of Education Opens Matt's Maker Space Lab," Point Park University website, Aug. 31, 2021.
- "Education Alumna Courtney Blocher is a Long-Term Substitute Teacher at Carlynton School District," Point Park University website, March 2, 2021.
- "Point Park University's School of Education Opens Matt's Maker Space Lab," Point Park University website, Feb. 23, 2021.
- "School of Education Students Earn Common Sense Educator Badge of Distinction," Point Park University website, Jan. 26, 2021.
- "Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ginny Chambers, Associate Professor, Coordinator for M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching & Administration and M.Ed. PreK-4th Grade Programs," Point Park University website, Dec. 22, 2020.
- "Entering Education with an M.Ed. Degree – and Ready to Teach Pre-K Through Fourth Grade," Point Park University website, April 29, 2020.
- "Education Majors Engage with Early Learners at Community Leap Day Event," Point Park University website, March 5, 2020.
- "Teaching Abroad in the Emerald Isle: Education Majors Serve as Student Teachers in Ireland," Point Park University website, April 30, 2019.
- "Point Park University Athletic Coaching Graduate Program One of Only Four in the State to Offer PIAA Approved Courses," Point Park University website, Nov. 27, 2018.
- "Point Park Education Students Judge PBS KIDS Writers Contest for WQED," Point Park University website, April 11, 2017.