KAITLIN 
TORPHY

Ph.D.

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RESEARCH STATEMENT

My primary research interests regard teachers’ engagement in social media. For many educators, social media is a regular part of professional life. Most of my research centers around teachers’ engagement within Pinterest. Pinterest is a social media virtual resource pool (VRP) where subjects can “pin” pictures and links to content for later reference. This curation of content allows teachers to choose instructional resources related to their lesson planning and professional learning, while its free use makes Pinterest a potential leader for equitable resource sharing within education.

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TEACHING STATEMENT

My teaching philosophy conceptualizes students as sense-makers and active problem solvers. I am a former teacher with a master’s degree in teaching and a doctorate in education policy from Michigan State University. As a passionate advocate for education and social justice issues, I strive to positively impact young people’s lives in both my professional and academic work.

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WORK EXPERIENCE

LEAD RESEARCHER AND FOUNDER,
TEACHERS IN SOCIAL MEDIA

2015 - present

  • Developed and direct a study of teachers’ use of social media as evidenced through Pinterest

  • Examine early career and experienced elementary teachers connecting from Cloud to Classroom

  • Present results to practitioners, policymakers, and across national and international audiences

  • Prepare 3 forthcoming special issues in the American Journal of Educational and Teachers College Record

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE,
STUDY OF ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION

2014 - 2018

  • Examine early career teachers across three Midwestern states

  • Observe ambitious mathematics instruction and Common Core State Standards implementation in grades Pre-K-6

  • Direct and collaborate with data analysis team including three graduate assistants and two post-doctoral research assistants to coordinate data set construction and analysis 

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ACTING ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, 
EDUCATION POLICY INNOVATION COLLABORATIVE

2017 - 2018

  • Contributed to the design and start-up of EPIC at Michigan State University, a cross-collaborative center with the Michigan Department of Education and University of Michigan

  • Built partnerships with external funding organizations and donors

  • Organized research priorities and develop and manage teams 

 
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DEVELOPER AND LEAD OF TEACHERS IN SOCIAL MEDIA

APPLIED EDUCATION POLICY ADVOCACY WITH BALANCING VOICES

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EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

PH.D. IN EDUCATION POLICY
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

2009-2014

Successfully defended and final version accepted
Institute of Education Sciences Doctoral Fellow—Specialization in the Economics of Education
Dissertation: Curricular Reform and Economic Context: The Case of the Michigan Merit Curriculum
Committee: Dr. Ken Frank (Chair), Dr. Barbara Schneider, Dr. Peter Youngs, Dr. Suzanne Wilson

M.A. IN TEACHING 
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

2006-2008

Earned a Masters in Teaching while teaching elementary students in Chicago Public Schools.

B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY 
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

2002-2006

Summa Cum Laude 
Additional major in Economics

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