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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

Faculty Profile

DEBORAH A CHESSIN

TEACHER EDUCATION
PROFESSOR OF CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION AND COORDINATOR OF SERVICE LEARNING & STUDY ABROAD
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301 GUYTON
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-5878
Joined UM: 08/18/1997

Areas of Expertise

  • ACADEMICS - DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
  • ACADEMICS - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
  • BIOACTIVE NATURAL PRODUCTS
  • ECOLOGY, FRESHWATER BIOLOGY
  • EDUCATION, MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION, STUDENT TEACHING
  • ETHNOBOTANY
  • HIGHER EDUCATION - MULTICULTURAL ISSUES
  • MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (K-8)
  • ROLE OF SCIENCE IN SOCIETY
  • RURAL EDUCATION
  • SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
  • SCIENCE EDUCATION (K-8)
  • SERVICE LEARNING
  • SERVICE-LEARNING
  • STUDENT TEACHER EVALUATION
  • STUDY ABROAD

Brief Bio

Debby A. Chessin, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education. Dr. Chessin received his B.S. in Agronomy and Life Sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca New York in 1971. Following two years of employment as a Research Technician in the Department of Plant Biochemistry at Cornell University, she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship at Cornell to complete her M.S. in Postharvest Physiology and Food Microbiology. After moving with her husband, Seth Dabney to Baton Rouge Louisiana, she worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools and completed education classes in the evening. After moving to Oxford, Mississippi, took additional classes in education and worked for three years as a sixth grade Math and Science teacher. She was awarded a graduate assistship at The University of Mississippi in the Department of Education, with a focus on science education. She was fortunate to work with Dr. Jean M. Shaw who served as a mentor through out her positions as graduate assistant, graduate instructor, visiting Assistant Professor and during the first few years as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2005. Dr. Chessin published numerous article in peer-reviewed journals published by the National Science Teachers' Association, the National Council of Mathematics and others. She is a co-author of several books and book chapters and has presented as conferences nationally. Dr. Chessin teachers undergraduate and graduate classes in Teacher Education, works with student teachers in local schools and is very active in the National Science Teachers' Association and serves as a Science Program Reviewer for NCATE. She served as Principal Investigator for Service Learning grant from Learn and Serve and a PT3 grant from the USDE, both for three years, Currently, she serves as the Coordinator of Study Abroad and Service Learning in Teacher Education. She received the school's Research Award in 2004.

Degrees

BS
AGRONOMY
CORNELL UNIVERSITY/ITHACA, NEW YORK (1976)
MS
PHYSIOLOGY
CORNELL UNIVERSITY/ITHACA, NEW YORK (1982)
EDD
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI/UNIVERSITY, MISSISSIPPI (1996)

Committee Memberships

Curr & Policy Committee - Sch of Educ
Other Kind of Committee
Curr. & Inst - Revision of Portfolios
Other Kind of Committee
SOE-Laboratory School Task Force
Task Force
University Standing Committee
University Standing Committee

Awards

School of Education Researcher of the Year
2005