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Bettis, Pamela

Associate Professor

Department of Teaching & Learning
Washington State University
338 Cleveland Hall
Pullman, WA 99164

(509) 335-2653

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests

Pam Bettis' research explores the intersection of gender, youth cultures and schooling.  She is particularly interested in the common sense discourses of gender found in everyday social practices, such as use of the word "nice", the meaning of masculinity in Star Wars, and how youth talk about gender in class. She hopes to raise different questions about how gender is lived in schools.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Bettis teaches and coordinates Diversity, Classroom Management, and Classroom Life for undergraduates. At the graduate level, she teaches Youth Cultures; Gender, Power and Schooling; Qualitative Inquiry, and Discourse Analysis.

Recent accomplishments


  • Bettis, P.J. & Adams, N.G. (2010). Troubling boys and Alpha girls: Worries over gender and schooling. In S. Tozer, B. Gallegos, A. Henry, M. Bushnell Greiner, and P. Groves Price (Eds.) The Handbook of Research of the Social Foundations of Education. NY:  Routledge.
  • Adams, N.G., & Bettis, P.J. (2009). Alpha girls and cheerleading: Negotiating new discourses with old practices. Journal of Girlhood Studies 2(1), 148-166.
  • Bettis, P.J. & Sternod, B. (2009) Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars and the trouble with boys.  Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 3(1), 21-38.
  • Bettis, P.J. & Roe, M.F. (2008). Reading girls:  Living literacy and girl power. Research on Middle Level Education Online, 32(1).

External Funding

  • Senior Researcher, University of Idaho, Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers, National Science Foundation. Nice at Work:  A Qualitative Exploration of the Understandings and Operation of "Nice" in a Research Extensive University STEM Context. $18,035. Submitted November, 2009.
  • Investigator, WSU NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant. Nice at work: A Qualitative Exploration of the Understandings and Operation of "Nice" in a Research Extensive University STEM Context. EXCELLinse.  Funded $5000. (2010).

Educational background

  • Ph.D Educational Theory and Social Foundations, University of Toledo, 1994
  • M. Ed. Secondary Education, University of Arkansas, 1983
  • B. A. Political and Social Thought of the Western Hemisphere. University of Virginia, 1977
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