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PhD, St. John's College, Cambridge University, England
Academic Program Coordinator, Transformative Teaching

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Phone: (703) 993-8326
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2505
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Elizabeth DeMulder is Professor of Education and Academic Program Coordinator of Transformative Teaching (TT), a professional development Masters degree program for practicing teachers housed in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, Graduate School of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from St. Johns College, Cambridge University. Dr. DeMulder was a Staff Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and joined George Mason University in 1994 under the auspices of the National Science Foundations Visiting Professorships for Women Program. She has been teaching in Mason’s Graduate School of Education since 1996. Dr. DeMulder’s research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts, risk and protective conditions in children’s development and early education, and teacher professional development focusing on critical pedagogy and social justice issues. She has been involved in community-based action research in South Arlington, where she developed a family-centered preschool program for low-income, immigrant families as a university/community partnership. Dr. DeMulder co-edited a book entitled Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development (Bergin and Garvey, 2001) and has published her research in a variety of professional journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, and Reflective Practice.


Research Interests

  • Interpersonal relationships and impacts on learning and development
  • Critical pedagogy and multicultural approaches in teacher professional development
  • Children’s social, emotional, and intellectual development and early education

Recent Publications

  • Dodman, S., DeMulder, E.K.,View, J.L., Swalwell, K., Stribling, S.M., Ra, S.and Dallman, L. (In press). Equity Audits as a Tool of Critical Data-Driven Decision Making: Preparing Teachers to See Beyond Achievement Gaps and BubblesAction in Teacher Education.
  • Stribling, S.M., & DeMulder, E.K. (In press). Critical Literacy in the Second Grade Classroom: Processes and Challenges. Critical Literacies: Theories and Practices.

  • DeMulder, E.K., View, J.L. &Stribling, S.M. (2016)Teacher Leadership in International Schools: Opportunities and Limitations. 50thAnniversary InterEd Edition of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, 100-103.

  • View, J., Hall, B., DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., Dodman, S., Swalwell, K., & Ra, S. (2016). Equity audit: A teacher leadership tool for nurturing teacher research. The Educational Forum.

  • DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., & Dallman, L.(2016). Promoting global competence and social justice in teacher education: Successes and challenges within local and international contexts, by D. Schwarzer and B.L. Bridglall [Book Review]. Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 12, 2016 http://www.tcrecord.orgID Number: 19286

  • Stribling, S.M., DeMulder, E.K., Barnstead, S., & Dallman, L. (2015). The teaching philosophy: An opportunity to guide practice or an exercise in futility? The Teacher Educators’ Journal. 26 (1), 37-50.

  • DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M., & Day, M. (2014). Examining immigrant experiences: Helping teachers develop as critical educators. Teaching Education, 25(1), 43-64. DOI:10.1080/10476210.2012.743984

  • Stribling, S.M. & DeMulder, E.K. (2014). “Dear Sophia, I’m going to another world”: Transforming literacy practices in early childhood. In Lawrence, S. (Ed.), Critical Practices in P-12 Education (pp. 118-141). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

  • Stribling, S.M., DeMulder, E.K., & Day, M. (2013). Reading the world: Supporting teachers professional development using community-based critical literacy practices. In Gallavan, N. (Ed.), Annual editions: Multicultural education (17th ed.). LA: McGraw-Hill.

  • View, J.L., DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S.M. (2013). Developing empowering educational experiences through creative practices and teacher research. Proceedings: Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA: Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

  • View, J.L., Hanley, M.S., Stribling, S.M, & DeMulder, E.K. (2012). Journey from trepidation to theory: P-12 teacher researchers and creativity. LEARNing Landscapes, 6(1) 421-442.

  • DeMulder, E.K. & Stribling, S.M. (2012). "A Big Door Opened For Us": Parents Perceptions of Comprehensive Preschool, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 13(4).

  • Wood, D., DeMulder, E.K., & Stribling, S.M. (2011). Teacher Development as Deliberative Democratic Practice: A Precursor to Educating for Democratic Citizenship, In Factis Pax,Vol. 5 (2), 235-257.

  • Stribling, S.M., DeMulder, E.K., and Day, M. (2011). Reading the world: Supporting teachers professional development using community-based critical literacy practices, The Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education, Vol.6(1), 21-33.

  • Day, M., DeMulder, E.K., & Stribling, S. M. (2010). Using the process of cultural reciprocity to create multicultural, democratic classrooms. In Salili, F., & R. Hoosain (Eds.) Democracy and Multicultural Education. Research in Multicultural Education and International Perspectives series. Information Age Publishing, Inc.

  • View, J.L., DeMulder, E.K., Stribling, S., & Kayler, M. (2009). Cultivating transformative leadership in P-12 schools and classrooms through critical teacher professional development, Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, Vol. 3 (2), 39-53.

  • View, J.L. & DeMulder, E.K. (2009). Teacher as artist, intellectual, and citizen: Using a critical framework in teacher professional development that empowers voice and transforms practice. Democracy and Education, Vol. 18 (2), 33-39.

  • DeMulder, E.K., Ndura, E., & Stribling, S.M. (2009). From vision to action: Fostering peaceful coexistence and the common good in a pluralistic society through teacher education. Peace & Change, Vol. 34 (1), 27-48.

  • Randolph, B. & DeMulder, E.K. (2008). "I didnt know there were cities in Africa!" Challenging children’s misperceptions about Africa. Teaching Tolerance, 36-43.

  • Stribling, S.M., DeMulder, E.K., & Ndura, E. (2008). Introduction to the case studies accompanying Teachers taking action: A comprehensive guide to teacher research. In Lassonde, C.A. & Israel, S.E. (Eds.), Teachers taking action: A comprehensive guide to teacher research. International Reading Association. Available at

  • DeMulder, E.K. & Rigsby, L. C. (2006). University/Community partnership to support low-income immigrant families: A shared responsibility model for early childhood education settings. Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 17 (3) 111-130.