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Education

Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.
Scott Sorvaag
Dean of Education

(507) 457-6612
ssorvaag@smumn.edu

Scott Sorvaag is an Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Scholarly & Creative Interests

Preservice Teacher Education
Teacher Leadership
Leadership Theory & Practice
Spirituality in Educational Leadership

Courses Taught Recently at SMU

Learning, Development & Exceptionality
Educational Measurement & Assessement
Human Relations & Cultural Diversity
Science Methods K-8
Technology in the Classroom K-8

Professional Organizations

Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development
Associate Member
Facutly Advisor for SMU ASCD Student Chapter

Education

Ed.D., in Leadership, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
M.A., Educational Administration, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; 1995
Elementary Teaching Certification, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; 1990
B.A., History and Government/International Affairs, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; 1988

Teaching Experience

2002 to Present: Associate Professor, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, School of Education,Winona Minnesota
1999-2002: Elementary School Principal, South Park Elementary, Rapid City, SD
1999-2002: Director of Guidance and Counseling, Rapid City Area Schools, Rapid City, SD
1997-1999: Elementary Teacher, Rapid City Area Schools 54-1, Knollwood Elementary School, (K-5); Rapid City, SD
1995-1997: Elementary Principal, Arlington Elementary School, Arlington School District, SD
1990-1995: Elementary Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Rapid City Area Schools, SD

Honors

2010: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Employee Recognition for Outstanding Performance of Duties & Responsibilities
2009: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Student Senate Advisor of the Year
2002: Instructional Leadership Award South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals
1997: Rookie of the Year South Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals
1997: Rapid City Area Schools nominee for the Sallie Mae Outstanding First Year Teacher Award

Selected Presentations

Teachership: Collaborative Dialogues for Enlivening Leadership, the Annual Conference of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, March 26, 2011, San Francisco, CA, with undergraduates Ms. Hilary Ethen, Ms. Jackie Heintz, Ms. Erin Morgan, and Ms. Erica Rubenzer.

Why Johnny Can't Read Matters in Math, the Minnesota Council of Mathematics spring conference, May 2010, Duluth, MN, with Dr. Melissa Luedtke and Dr. Karen Sorvaag.

Concepts First, Proceedures Second: K-8 Math Examples, the Minnesota Council of Mathematics spring conference, April 26, 2008, Duluth, MN, with Dr. Melissa Luedtke and Dr. Karen Sorvaag.

The Spiritual Orientation of K-12 Public School Principals, presented at The 4th Annual Leadership Research Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, October 13, 2007.

Technology as Assessment: An Interactive and Engaging Alternative presented at the Classrooms of Future Teaching, Learning, and Technology conference, May 22, 2007, Minneapolis, MN, with Dr. Melissa Luedtke and Dr. Karen Sorvaag.

Teachership: Developing Leadership in Preservice Teacher Education, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2005

Using Technology to Adapt Coursework to Diverse Levels of Learning, Classrrooms of the Future Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2005

Using the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey to Assess the Effectiveness of Student Learning, American Association of Geographers, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2002

Publications

"The Spiritual Orientation of K-12 Public School Principals: The Nature of Spirituality in the Principalship." ISBN 978-3639161472, (2009)

"Instructional Leadership and Student Growth in Writing," Principally Speaking

"All Teched-up and No Place To Go," Principally Speaking