Kate Eckert, PhD

School & Community Partnership Coordinator
Berglund Hall 113

I have worked at Pacific University as the School & Community Partnership Coordinator for the School of Learning & Teaching’s Forest Grove campus since March 2016. My current role includes coordinating placements and placement processes for teacher candidates and practicum teachers, student teacher supervision, and fostering partnerships with K-12 schools and community organizations.

I earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies: Math/Science from Rowan University in May 2009. I spent seven years teaching middle school math in Southampton Township Public School District in Southampton, NJ while completing a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University in May 2013 and obtaining administrative certifications. I then graduated from Pacific University’s Education & Leadership PhD program in August 2022. My research interests include K-12/university partnerships and grow your own pathways (removing barriers for recruitment, preparation, and retention of BIPOC educators); culturally responsive mentoring, supervision, and evaluation of teacher candidates and beginning teachers; and interprofessional field placements.

I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community and an ISTJ, Virgo, lefty, and Hufflepuff. My favorite things include my shih tzus Bella and Eddy, hiking, thunderstorms, yoga, roller coasters, and anime.

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