Wayne State University

Profile for Geralyn E. Stephens

Geralyn E. Stephens
Geralyn E. Stephens
Associate Professor - Clinical
273 College of Education

Tuesdays 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Fall and Winter Terms)

313.577.0946
Fax 313.577.4091

Education

Bachelor's Degree:

Bachelor of Business  Administration (Marketing), Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

Graduate:

Master of Education, Adult & Continuing Education,Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.   
Doctor of Education, Curriculum & Instruction,  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  

Certification:

Certified Online Instructor, Michigan Virtual University.

Responsibilities

I  teach in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Computer Education areas.  I am also the major advisor to students, primarily graduate students, assigned to either areas.  My focus is to ensure that students receive a quality education with consideration for the conservation of financial resources.

Academic Interests

Teaching Philosophy:

Fundamentally, I believe that Learning and Change are synonymous terms.  Meaning, if one is learning, then one is changing.   However, I do not expect the change to occur instantly.  Changes in attitudes or beliefs may occur over time.  I believe that effective teaching is the impetus for learners to identify how new concepts or skills learned can be applied in their lives.  When adult learners internalize new information or master a new skill, their perceptions, perspectives, beliefs and/or attitudes have been influenced. 

I believe that learning is perpetual.  I believe that effective teaching has the ability to influence students to continue the learning process after the formal teaching/learning session has concluded.  Students can be inspired to review, apply and/or practice concepts and skills learned.  They may also seek additional related information, especially web-based, that supports what was learned in the classroom.  I believe that internet based technological resources promote ubiquitous learning by allowing learners access to information and the ability to communicate with others, at any time.

In March 2013, I was recognized among the top 25 Education Professors in Michigan.

Area of Expertise

The following are areas where I have extensive professional experiences:

  • Career & Technical Education certification in Michigan
  • Ubiquitous Teaching and Learning
  • Adult Learning 
  • Perkins Funding Requirements and Reporting

Grants

Career and Technical Education Research Expertise Project
2014 - 2015 : $25,000 from Michigan Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education
Increasing the Ranks of Career and Technical Education Teachers
2014 - 2015 : $19,920.00 from 2014-15 Career and Technical Teacher Education Program Improvement Grant
Career and Technical Education Research Expertise Project
2013 - 2014
Onsite: Moving AOA teachers towards Interim Occupational Certificate
2012 - 2013
Career and Technical Education Research Expertise Project
2012 - 2013
Assessing Annual Occupational Authorization Teachers Professional Development Needs.
2011 - 2012
Fundamentals of Teaching in Career & Technical Education
2010 - 2011
Meeting them where they are!
2009 - 2010
CTE Teacher Recruitment and Retention.
2008 - 2009

Awards

2014
Recipient - Blackboard MVP Award, Blackboard Corporation, Blackboard World 2014
2013
Recipient - Blackboard Catalyst Award -Staff Development (Learn), Blackboard World 2013
2013
Recipient - WSU/TRC Faculty Fellowship, Technology Resources Center, Wayne State Unversity
2013
Recipient - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2013
2012
Recipient - Blackboard Catalyst Award - Exemplary Course Program, BlackBoard World 2012
2012
Nominee - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2012
2011
Award Recipient - Faculty Track Program, BlackBoard World 2011
2011
Finalist (2nd Place)- SLOAN-C Award, Excellence in Online Teaching
2011
Nominee - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 2011
2010
Advanced Technology User Award, College of Education - Wayne State University

Presentations

Addressing the Digital Divide in High Poverty Communities
Stephens, G. E. (February 2014) Research Symposium and Educational Dialogue: Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Education, Wayne State University
A MOOC towards Occupational Certification
Stephens, G. E. (February 2014) Michigan Career Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
Teacher Externships: Bringing Learning to Life!
Stephens, G. E. (October 2014) Zealand Institute of Business and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark
Effective Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement
Sulad, C., Stephens, G. E., Martin, F., Kacin, Sara, & Kolski, T.  (July 2014) Blackboard World 2014. Las Vegas, NV.
Improve the Testing, Improve the Upgrade!
1. Sulad, C. C., Stephens, G. E., DeLoose, S. (July 2013) Blackboard World-2013
How to Move from Annual Authorization to Interim Occupational Certification
Stephens, G.E. (February 2013) 2013 Michigan Career Education Conference
The Professional Development Needs of the Annually Authorized Teacher
Stephens, G. E. (February 2012) Michigan Career Education Conference Michigan Career Conference
How To Move From Annual Authorization to Interim Occupational Certification
Stephens, G. E. (February 2012) Michigan Career Education Conference Michigan Career Conference
HOW TO: Annual Authorization to Occupational Certification
Stephens, G. E. (February 2011) 2011 Michigan Career Education Conference Michigan Career Conference
The Availability and Use of Technological Resources in Metropolitan Detroit Student Teaching Classrooms
Stephens, G. E. (August 2011) 2011 New Literacies Conference: Teaching and Learning in the Decades to Ahead

Publications

Cellphones, Parents, and Schools.
Stephens, Geralyn (September 2011) Principal Leadership (12) (1).  
The Availability of Technology Resources in Student Teaching Classrooms in the Metropolitan Detroit Area
Stephens, G. E. (September 2011) Issues in Education: Preschool through Graduate School (1), (2). 
Teacher Internships as Professional Development
Stephens, G. E. (2011) Journal of Career and Technical Education. (26) (2). 
The Effect of the Digital Divide on Social Justice
Stephens, G. E. Rosa, M. H. (April 2010) Issues in Education: Preschool through Graduate School (1), (1). 
Business Teachers go to Work and Students get the Dividends
Stephens, G. E. (December 2010) Journal of Staff Development  ( 31), (6).