Dr. Vivien Geneser
Phone: (210) 932-6240
E -mail: Vivien.Geneser@tamusa.tamus.edu
Vivien Geneser is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood in the College of Education. She teaches courses in Early Childhood Education including child development, assessment, cognitive development, social and emotional development, and the foundations of early childhood curriculum. Her research interests include the role of artistic expression in the development of cognition, teacher preparation, and the development of early thinking skills.
Prior to joining the faculty of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Dr. Geneser taught Social Studies Methods courses in the College of Education for the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught all ages from preschool to college age students and has been the recipient of several teaching awards including Teacher of the Year at Mathews Elementary School in Austin ISD, and an Excellence in Child Care award presented by the City of Austin. During her student teaching experience, she was nominated for Student Teacher of the Year in Austin ISD. Volunteer efforts have also played a significant role in the educational career of Dr. Geneser. She has worn many hats as a public school volunteer including two terms as a PTA president.
Through the years, Dr. Geneser has conducted many workshops and given presentations at local and national conferences. Her recent efforts include presentations at the American Educational Research Association, the National Conference for the Social Studies, American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Curriculum and Pedagogy, and Austin Association for the Education of the Young Child. She is certified as an Archeology Educator by the Bureau of Land Management and is a co-author of the BLM curriculum manual Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Third through Eighth Grades, Revised Edition, 2005.
Dr. Vivien Geneser attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas before transferring to the University of Texas where she completed a BA in Anthropology and Elementary Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies. Her dissertation, "Children Learning From Children in the Past: A Study of Fifth Graders' Development of Empathy with Historical Characters" is an extension in her lifelong interest in the ways that children think and learn.
Currently, Dr. Geneser is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Association for Early Childhood Educators International, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, and Kappa Delta Pi; an International Education Honor Society.
Dr. Geneser can be reached at Vivien.Geneser@tamusa.tamus.edu
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