Prof. Susan D. Witt
School of Family & Consumer Sciences
The University of Akron
Email: susan8@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vita for 2000-2001
Education 
      Ph.D. August 1995  University of Akron 
      College of Education 
      Elementary Education / Early Childhood 
       

      M. A. May 1990  University of Akron 
      School of Home Economics and Family Ecology 
      Home Economics / Child Development 
       

      B. A. December 1987  University of Akron 
      School of Home Economics and Family Ecology 
      Family Development

Professional Experience 
1997 to present Assistant Professor 
University of Akron 
School of Family and Consumer Sciences 

1990-1997  Part-time Instructor, Visiting Assistant Professor, 
Three-quarter Time Instructor 
University of Akron 
School of Home Economics and Family Ecology 

1995   Part-time Instructor 
University of Akron 
College of Education 

1990-1993  Resource and Referral Coordinator 
Child Care Connection, a program of Info Line, Inc. 
Akron, Ohio 

1988-1990  Graduate Teaching Assistant 
University of Akron 
School of Home Economics and Family Ecology 

1988-1990  B.A.B.E.S. (Beginning Alcohol and Addiction Basic 
Education Studies), a  living skills program for children 

1987   Part-time Parenting Instructor 
Teenage Parents Center, Akron, Ohio 

1979-1984  Substitute Teacher 
Portage Lakes Nursery School, Akron, Ohio

Teaching 
Courses Taught and Years 
Undergraduate  
7400:201  Courtship, Marriage and Family  1990 to 1999 
7400:265  Child Development    1990 to present 
7400:360  Parent-Child Relations   1997 to present 
Undergraduate/Graduate 
7400:496/596 Parent Education    1998 to present 
7400:490/590 Parenting in the 90s (workshop)  1992 to 1993 
7400:490/590 Economic Realities of Divorce(workshop)     1993 
Graduate 
7400:605  Developmental Parent-Child Interactions 1997 to present 
5200:585  Seminar: Children's Literature  1995
New Courses Developed 
  • 1993 5200:7-- History, Philosophy & Issues in Early Childhood Education, College of Education, University of Akron
  • 1993 5200:7-- Developmental Aspects of Early Childhood Education, College of Education, University of Akron
  • 1993 5200:7-- Supervision of Early Childhood Programs, College of Education, University of Akron
  • 1993 5200:7-- Parent, Child, Teacher Partnerships, College of Education, University of Akron
  • 1993 7400:490/590 Economic Realities of Divorce, School of Home Economics and Family Ecology, University of Akron
  • 1992 7400:490/590 Parenting in the 90s, School of Home Economics and Family Ecology, University of Akron
  • Certificate Coordinator 
    2000   Took over as Coordinator of Parent and Family  Education 
               certificate (graduate level) 

    2000   Have developed curriculum for undergraduate 
               Parent and Family Education certificate (to be 
               presented to faculty/curriculum committee in 
               fall 2000

    Guest Lectures 
    At the University of Akron 
    1999  “Dating and Long Distance Relationships” 
    Faculty Involvement Program for the Low Rise Residence Halls 
    Talk given with Dr. David Witt 

    1992-2000 "Child and Family Development Options" 
    Orientation to Professional Studies, Fall and Spring 

    1997  "Family Change During the 20th Century" 
    Phi Theta Kappa, November 

    1997  "Summarizing the Dissertation Experience" 
    College of Education, Spring 

    1996  "Problems and Solutions for Stepfamilies" 
    Developmental Parent Child Interactions, October 

    1994  "Blending Families: How to Make the Mix Work" 
    Successful Parenting Workshop, August 

    1993  "Remarriage and Stepfamilies" 
    Successful Parenting Workshop, October 

    1993  "Making the Most of Your Child Care Arrangement" 
    Balancing Work and Family Workshop, September 

    1993  "How to do a Master's Internship" 
    Research Methods in Home Economics, July 

    1993  "Discipline Methods for Young Children" 
    Successful Parenting Workshop, July 

    1993  "Child Care Options for Young Families" 
    Balancing Work and Family Workshop, April 

    1993  "Blended Families - What Works and What Doesn't" 
    Successful Parenting Workshop, April

    Scholarly Publications 
    Witt, Susan D. (2001).   The Influence of School and Reading Materials on Children’s Gender Role Socialization: An Overview of the Literature.  Curriculum and Teaching, Vol. 15, No. 2, forthcoming. 

    Witt, Susan D. (2000).   The Influence of Peers on Children’s Socialization to Gender Roles.  Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 162, pp. 1-7. 

    Witt, Susan D. (2000).  The Influence of Television on Children’s Gender Role 
    Socialization.  The Journal of Childhood Education: Infancy Through Adolescence, Vol. 76, No. 5, pp.322-324. 

    Witt, Susan D. (1999).  Parents, Children, and Gender Roles.   Reprinted in anthology, Selected Readings in Marriage and Family.  Originally published in Adolescence, Summer 1997. 

    Witt, Susan D. (1997).  Boys Will Be Boys, and Girls Will Be . . . Hard to Find: Gender Representation in Third Grade Basal Readers.  Education and Society,  Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 47-53. 

    Witt, Susan D. (1997).  Parental Influence on Children's Socialization to Gender Roles.  Adolescence, Vol. 32, No. 126, pp. 253-259. 

    Witt, Susan D. (1996).  Traditional or Androgynous?  An Analysis to Determine Gender Role Orientation of Basal Readers.  Child Study Journal, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 303-318. 

    Witt, Susan D. and Witt, David D. (1995).  Primary Prevention Living Skills for Young Children: An Evaluation of the BABES Program.  Education 3-13: The Professional Journal for Primary Education, June, pp. 45-50.

    Other Scholarly Writing 
    Witt, Susan D. (1995).  Traditional or Androgynous?  Using the Traits of the Bem Sex Role Inventory to Determine Gender Role Orientation of Basal Readers.  Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Akron.
    Professional Presentations and Consulting 
    1999  National Association for the Education of Young Children 
    November 10-13 - New Orleans, Louisiana 
    "Touring the Internet's Potential for Teaching Young Children: 
    Applications and Resources.”  (Presentation given with 
    Professor David D. Witt) 

    1999  Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children 
    April 17 - Cleveland, Ohio"Using the Internet to Teach Young Children: Approaches and Resources.”  (Presentation given with Professor 
    David D. Witt). 

    1998  National Association for the Education of Young Children 
    November 18-21 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada "Using the Internet to Teach Young Children: Applications and Resources" 

    1998  Reviewed and edited forthcoming textbook "The Experience of Parenting" 
    Addison Wesley Longman Publishers 

    1998  Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children 
    April 18 - Akron, Ohio "Where the Girls Are (Not): Gender Representation in 
    Children's Reading Materials" 

    1997  National Association for the Education of Young Children 
    November 12-15 - Anaheim, California "Boys Will Be Boys, and Girls Will Be. . .Hard to Find: Gender Representation in Children's Reading Materials"

    Public Presentations 
    1993  "Women and Stress" Women in Communication, May 

    1992  "Encouraging Healthy Self Esteem in Children" Kid's University, August 

    1992  "Work and Family Options" Allstate Insurance Company, June 

    1992  "Balancing Work and Family" Mactac-Morgan Adhesives, May 

    1992  "Time Management for Families" Mactac-Morgan Adhesives, May 

    1992  "Choosing Child Care: What are Your Options?" East Market Day Nursery, May 

    1992  "Working in the Child Development Field" Nordonia High School, January 

    1991  "What to Look For When Choosing a Nursery School" Taylor Memorial Library, November 

    1991  "Creating a Nurturing Environment for Your Child" Allstate Insurance Company, July 

    1991  "Parenting Styles and Skills" Prudential Insurance Company, July 

    1991  "Child Care Options" Akron Pregnancy Services, Spring 

    1991  "Child Care Options for Busy Families" Akron Beacon Journal, December 

    1990  "Child Care Options for Low Income Families" Harvest Home, June 

    1990  "Time Management for Families" Electronic Data Systems, December 

    1990  "Developing and Enhancing Children's Self Esteem" Allstate Insurance Company, December 

    1990  "Dealing with Childhood Stress" Allstate Insurance Company, November 

    1990  "Child Care Positives and Pitfalls" Summit County Tuff Stuff Group, November 

    1990  "Current Issues in Choosing Child Care" Pregnancy Care of Akron, October

    Membership in Professional Societies 
    2000 to present  Association for Childhood Education International 
    1993 to present National Association for the Education of Young Children 
    1993 to present Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children 
    1993 to present Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children 
    1994 to present Mid-South Sociological Association 
    1996 to present American Association of University Women 
    1996 to 1999    Faculty Women's Club 
    1995 to present Women in Higher Education 
    1991-1992       Summit County Child Care Directors Association 
    1991                 Summit County Task Force on Before and After 
                             School Child Care 
    Service 
    University 
    1999  Faculty Involvement Program - Spoke (with Professor David D. 
    Witt) to students in the Low Rise Residence Halls on the topic 
    of dating and long-distance relationships 
    1998-1999 Status of Women Committee 
    1998  Participation in Wayne College Upper College Day 
    1998  Participation in Career Fair, Community and Technical College 
    1997  Senior Honors Project Committee - Kristina Wierwille 
    1998  Early Childhood Committee
    College of Fine and Applied Arts 
    1999-2002 Planning Committee 
    1997-2001 Curriculum Committee 
    1997-1998 Bylaws Committee
    School of Family and Consumer Sciences 
    2000-2001 Advisor - Kappa Omicron Nu 
    2000  Chair - Faculty Search Committee (T. Chandler’s position) 
    2000  Member - Faculty Search Committee (E. Krigline’s position) 
    2000  Member - Faculty Search Committee (J. Fleming’s position) 
    1999-2001 Co-Chair Evening of Excellence Committee 
    2000  Retirement Party Committee 
    1997-2000 Curriculum Committee 
    1992-2000 Child and Family Development speaker - Orientation class 
    1989-1990 75th Anniversary of the School of Home Economics and 
    Family Ecology, University of Akron - Editor of alumni newsletter 
    1997-2000 Currently responsible for approximately 75 advisees
    Graduate Students 
    2000  Dissertation Committee - Philip Martucci 
    2000  Thesis Committee - Lorene Johnson 
    2000  Thesis Committee - Christine Fruhauf 
    2000  Thesis Committee - Martha Dora 
    1999  Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Committee - Phil Martucci 
    1998  Master's Project Committee - Avni Patel 
    1998  Internship Committee - Mary Scheff 
    1998  Thesis Committee - Theresa Norwood 
    1996  Internship Committee - Gretchen Shonk
    Community and Professional Service 
    2000  Article reviewer for the Journal of Family and Consumer 
    Sciences: From Research to Practice 

    2000  Hoover High School North Central External Review Team 

    2000  Consulted with World Headquarters for BABES, a living 
    skills, drug awareness program for young children.  My 
    evaluation of the program (master’s project) is being used 
    to support of the success of the program 

    1999/2000 Judge - Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival 

    1999  Article reviewer for the journal, Psychology of Women 
    Quarterly, Summer 

    1998  Consultant for and citation in Good Housekeeping article - "Seven 
    Tips for Everyday Education," September, p. 184 

    1998  Consultant for and citation in Woman's Day article - "Raising a 
    Real Pal," July, p. 162 

    1997  Consultant for and citation in Good Housekeeping article - "How 
    Even Good Parents Fuel Sibling Rivalry,"  March, p. 80 

    1997  Wrote support documentation for proposal to make marriage and 
    family course a requirement for students at Stow-Munroe Falls 
    High School, October 

    1996  Medina County Career Center 
    Recruitment speech and consultation with high school students 
    in early childhood education program about family and child 
    development programs at University of Akron 

    1996  Consultant for article dealing with discipline - Kiwanis Magazine 

    1996  Interview with Parents Magazine regarding child development issues 

    1994  Interview with Akron Beacon Journal regarding influence of violent 
    toys and television programs on children 

    1993  Interview with WAKC-Channel 23 News regarding problems faced 
    by parents with child care needs 

    1992-1993 Conducted 27 presentations on child development and parenting 
    for teenage parents in GRADS classes at area high schools 

    1992  Speaker for Youth Motivational Task Force 

    1992  Education Committee - Child Abuse Awareness Month 

    1992  Muscular Dystrophy Association Rib Burnoff 
    United Disability Services Booth 

    1991  Presented testimony on child care to State of Ohio Congressional 
    Representatives 

    1991  Conducted 11 presentations on child care for teenage parents in 
    GRADS classes at area high schools 

    1991  Head Start - Social Service Advisory Committee 

    1991  Summit County Child Care Coalition 

    1991  Women's Entrepreneurial Growth Organization Advisory Committee 

    1985-1989 Odyssey of the Mind - Judge at regional and state competitions 

    1985-1987 Odyssey of the Mind - Assistant Coach, Ss. Philip and James School 

    1982-1984 TWIGS - Friends of Children's Hospital, Board of Directors 

    1988/1986/ TWIGS - Friends of Children's Hospital, Chairman of Stow and 
             1974 Canal Fulton chapters

    Grants 
    1999  Dean's Research Award - College of Fine and Applied Arts, "The Mother-Daughter Project" An examination of the mother-daughter relationship, including attitudes and decisions about work, school and relationships 

    1992-1993 Co-author and Coordinator of One Stop Training Grant Child Care Connection was awarded $50,000 from the State of Ohio Department of Human Services.  Through this grant, 10 individuals completed 67 hours of early childhood coursework at the University of Akron, over 300 child care professionals received training and education in the early childhood field, two centers received national accreditation, and nine child care workers received national accreditation

    Additional Material 
    1999-2000 Assisted numerous students and faculty member across the United States and interntionally with numerous and varied  projects by providing my research knowledge and expertise to them. 

    1999  Assisted a woman in the Philippines looking for parenting information.  In her geographical area it was very difficult to obtain information dealing with appropriate parenting 
    of children.  After she contacted me through my web page, I was able to provide her with several parenting lectures, lists of books and sources, and various parenting pamphlets and 
    handouts.  She was then able to share this information with other parents in her area. 

    1998  Assisted an educator working in Czechoslovakia who is teaching English to young children.  He wanted to enable his students to connect on-line with schoolchildren in the U.S.  After meeting him at the NAEYC conference in Toronto, I was able to provide him 
    with the names of several schools here in Summit County who had Internet access and whose students could become pen pals with his students. 

    1996  STARS Program/Catholic Community League - presented puppet program on drug awareness to children living in the Skyland  Terrace subsidized housing project, October 

    1995  Norton 21 School Project to hook up teachers and students to the Internet 

    1991-1993 Project SELF - Collaborative effort between Summit County Department of Human Services, Goodwill Industries, United Disability Services, Community Drug Board, Family Services and Info Line to assist JOBS clients with services and resources to help them in the work world.  My part of this collaboration dealt with helping clients with their child care needs 

    1992  Needs Assessment Report for Summit County - Addressed the need for affordable child care for low income families in Summit County 

    1991  Ohio Resource and Referral Organizations - Organized statewide retreat