When Jyotsna Pattnaik came to IUP to enroll in the doctoral program in Spring 1992, she was already recognized as a teacher and teacher educator in India. Now she has been honored by IUP’s College of Education and Educational Technology with a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award.
Pattnaik graduated from IUP in the summer of 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in Early Childhood Education. By 2004 she had received tenure and promotion to full professor at California State University, Long Beach.
Her scholarly interests include multicultural and global education, education of indigenous children in India, early childhood education, global child advocacy, father/male involvement, cross-cultural research, children’s relationships with animals, and integration of technology in higher education. She is also actively involved with educational organizations such as the Association for Childhood Education International, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Research Council, the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Council for the Social Studies.
She has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five publications and served as the guest editor for the 2005 International focus issue Education of Indigenous/Aboriginal Children: Global Perspectives and Practices for the journal Childhood Education, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Childhood Education International. She is also the guest coeditor for the 2010 international focus issue of Childhood Education.
In all of Patnaik’s various roles, she demonstrates an unwavering commitment to children, families, students, colleagues, and her profession and has been recognized as an educator and a scholar who is making a major contribution to her field in teaching, service, and research.
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