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Cynthia S. Mee Ph.D.


Professor Emeritus
National College of Education
Elementary Middle Level Teacher Education Department
Middle Grades Education Program
Former Director Middle Level Curriculum and Instruction Center
Former Middle Level - Program Coordinator
Former Chair of The Middle Level Education Department

Programs/Classes Taught:

I teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses
Middle School Overview, Middle School Curriculum, Media - Technology - Popular Cultural Literacy at the middle Level, Integrative Arts I Connecting Schools to Families, Coherent Curriculum, Gender Cultural Equity in Schools, Methods of teaching Arts Education Health and Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education, and Play Therapy.

My teaching philosophy
I believe that teaching and learning need to explore and provide a range of opportunities and experiences inside and outside the schoolhouse gates and to always expect the unexpected. Whatever my students and I do in my classes is to anticipate and embrace the “awe and wonder” of life and how to connect that to being an educator and proactive member of society.

Areas of Expertise:



I have a wide range of teaching experiences – inclusive of every grade level (K-12) undergrad – through doctoral programs – in four states – and in suburban, urban, and New York City private schools. 

My teaching methods are very hands on and tend to be very right brain – out of the box methods. Teaching is of the greatest importance to me and is my favorite part of working at NLU. I love the diversities of the students I work with at NLU and the populations of students from campus to campus and the opportunity to serve them. the last three years I have taught classes in the Elementary Program and this Fall Quarter I am teaching a class for CPSA. 

I also love learning; I love learning about what I teach and write about and I enjoy sharing my research and in my areas of specializations.  I love to write through stories and blogs.


Ph.D. Miami University, Oxford, OH. Majors: Educational Administration and Curriculum/Supervision.  Dissertation: John F. Mee: His Influence and Contributions to Management and Education.  1989

M.Ed. Columbia University, Teachers College, N Y, NY. Majors: Applied Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition.  Thesis: The Relationship of Diet to Circulorespiratory Endurance in Children Between the Ages 9-12.  1980

M.A. Columbia University, Teachers College, NY, NY.  Majors: Movement Science/Applied Physiology and Exercise. Thesis: Concepts That Contribute to Holistic Individual and Family Fitness.  1977

B.S. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Majors: Speech and Drama, Health and Physical Education. 1966

Research and Interests:

My research and interests usually address young adolescent and others’ Voices and Perspectives. My current research addresses the Nisei (Japanese Americans) education expernces while in the concentration-internment camps during WW II.

I am also researching the power of joy and gratitude in educational experiences and their impact on learning and living.

Some previous research has included Middle Level Education, Young Adolescent Development, Incorporating Joy and Gratitude in Schools and Classrooms, Middle Level Gender and Equity Issues, Media, Technology and Popular Culture Literacies for Young Adolescents, Transition to Middle Level Education from Junior High Education, Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Use of Video Game Strategies in the Classroom, Parent Education

Editor for 10 years for the Association Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS) 

Books and Selected chapters
2000 VOICES Young Adolescent Perceptions and Curriculum Implications, NMSA, 1997 – now in its 4th edition 
Three different chapters, "Boys and Media,"  "Raised by Single Moms," and Growing up Male”in Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia.  Shirley Steinberg and Michael Kehler. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009 
School Services,” Building An Effective Middle School, WCG Brown & Benchmark Pub.1994 

Selected Articles
Blog or not to blog Part 2, ON Target Journal, Vol. 2 NO 2, August 2006 pp. 34-39
Blog or not to blog Part 1, ON Target Journal, Vol. 2 NO 1, February 2006, pp 30-31
Reflecting on the Review Process NCATE Program Review Newsletter –Spring 2006
Video Game Field Trip, Democracy in Education, Fall 2006
In the Eyes of Young AdolescentsHow to be an Excellent, Good, or Not so Good Teacher, co-author with Mary Dooms, (2001) AIMS Journal 14(1). Pp9-13
In the Eyes of Young Adolescents, AIMS Newsletter, Cynthia S. Mee and Mary E. Dooms Fall Issue September, 2001
Cyber Odyssey 2001 – Young Adolescent Cyber Literacy, Teaching and Learning Part 1 AIMS Newsletter, Winter Issue – January 2001
Cyber Odyssey 2001 – Young Adolescent Cyber Literacy, Teaching and Learning Part 2 AIMS Newsletter, Fall Issue – September 2001Writing team for Student Achievement Grounded in Equity (SAGE), created and wrote with the SAGE a new equity training program for higher education faculty
Past editor (10 years) of Association Illinois Middle Schools, AIMS Newsletter. I edited the Newsletter, gathered articles, and wrote articles
Book review for Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy, on Davies, J (1996). Educating Students in a Media Saturated Culture Early Adolescents and the Other Curriculum:  The Case for Media Literacy in the Middle School
Flying Home First Class,  (1995) AIMS Journal, 10(3), pp. 70-74.
Women's Education Equity ACT (WEEA) Digest, Middle School Voices on Gender Identity, March 19, 1995
7th and 8th Grades Health Curriculum for JF Kennedy Health Museum, Barrington, IL
Current Health Magazine Teacher Guide for Staying Healthy Curriculum Grades 1-8, Fall 1994
Current Health 2, Overexercising, Curriculum Innovations Group, September 1994
Chapter:  School Services, Building An Effective Middle School, WCG Brown & Benchmark Pub.1994
Middle School and Gender Identity, Transecence, and The Journal of the Emerging Adolescent Education Vol. XXI, Number 2, 1993
Middle School Voices and Gender Identity, Gender Issues in the Classroom and on the Campus: Focus on the 21st Century, Vision, Voice, Victory, and AAUW. 1993
Middle School VOICES and Gender Identity, Middle Link, Center of Education for the Young Adolescent. July 1992
VOICES: What Middle School Students Think, Middle Link, Center for Education for the Young Adolescent   May 1991
Dear Grandma, Women Across the Cultures, UW-P, March 1991
In-Step (Dance Newspaper), monthly article on relationship of exercise and nutrition.
Parent Guide Magazine, monthly article. 1986.
Coming Back After Surgery, Get Fit Book, Anderson World Books Inc. CA. 1982 

Journal Reviews
Action for Teacher Education
National Middle School Association Research Journal


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