Maria K. McKenna

Maria K. McKenna

Professor McKenna received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in Educational Foundations after completing undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University.  Professor McKenna holds multiple roles at the University including Director of Undergraduate Studies for Africana Studies.  She is also the Senior Associate Director of the Education, Schooling and Society program, an academic minor in the College of Arts and Letters. Her teaching and research spans the disciplines of education and ethnic studies. McKenna's researchs focus on the social contexts of American education, youth voice, community based research, educational care, and experiences of disenfranchised students in the American public education. She has a particular interest in understanding urban, public school environments and the constituent groups that use those schools. McKenna’s work has been published by Routledge, Palgrave Publishing, Peter Lang, Urban Review, Urban Education, School Community Journal, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the Journal of Philosophy and History of Education.  Her current writing focuses on a community based research project examining civic engagement and youth empowerment via multiple literacies and student generated models of educational care.  Professor McKenna was the recipient of a 2015 Edmund P. Joyce Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate instruction at the university. In her spare time, she supports Good Shepherd Montessori School and the Robinson Community Learning Center serving on their Board of Directors. She and her husband, Mark, have four children and reside in South Bend, Indiana. 

Link to Professor McKenna's Work here.

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Spring 2017 - Thursdays12:00-4:00pm. Please email to confirm appointment.

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Phone: 574-631-0452
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