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Price, Paula Groves

Associate Professor

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

(509) 335-7987

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests

Paula Groves Price studies issues of equity, looking for solutions to the problems of inequalities in schools and society. Equity, broadly defined, includes fairness, social justice, and equality of both access and opportunity. To understand equity, Price researches a variety of subjects, including diversity in teacher education, state educational policies, educational reform, and the community context of education. Her interest in discovering and reclaiming the voices of black women has resulted in ethnographic research about community activists whose life stories enrich multicultural education today. Her work has this multicultural focus, she noted, “since I am multicultural in experience and background. I have an African American father and a Japanese mother. I am the youngest of eight children and the first in my family to ever go to college. And I have experienced the inequalities in the schools I have attended. My mission is to teach future educators so we do not reproduce the same problems.”

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Groves Price teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity, multicultural education, and social and cultural foundations of education. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in the Cultural Foundations and Social Thought in Education doctoral program. Course topics include critical race theory, critical ethnography, educational reform, and critical multiculturalism.

Recent accomplishments

  • Price, P.G. (2011) Social Context of Schooling, Teaching and Learning. Part V Editor of Tozer. S. Henry, A. & Gallegoos, B. (Eds.) Handbook of research on the social foundations of education. Routeledge.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) Who is going to claim your children?: A call to Action for Teachers of Color. Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Newsletter p3. Phillips Academy, Andover, Ma.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) To be Real: A Black Feminist Critique of Representations of Black Authenticity and the New Racism in The Princess and the Frog. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association, Denver, Co.
  • Price, P.G. & Crowell, M.L. (2010). Unpacking Dora's backpack: Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the hypocrisy of the Amerian public. Paper presented at the International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) Listening to the voices from the margins: Hip hop pedagogy and Native American and African American youth. Poster presentation at the National Association for Multicultural Education. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) Transformative reflection and action: Digital storytelling, Dewey and Freire with administrators and teachers for social justice. Paper presented at the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society. Greensboro, NC.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) Promoting leadership among middle school students. Invited presentation for the Northwest Regional Indian Education Summit. Clarkston, WA.
  • Price, P.G. (2010) Effective leadership: Communicating cross-culturally for social justice. Keynote address delivered at the Inland Northwest Leadership Institute. Pullman, WA.
  • Gordon, J., Patterson, J. & Price, P.G. (2009). The color of caring: Race and the implementation of Educational Reform. Journal of Educational Foundations, 22(3-4), 97-116.
  • Price, P.G. (2009). African-centered pedagogy and womanist caring: Reclaiming African American children for success. In L. Foster & L.C. Tillman (Eds.) African American perspectives on schooling: Building an empowering culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Price, P.G. (2009). Where am I in the curriculum? Critical multiculturalism, multiraciality, and the power of story. In D. Cleveland (Ed.) When minorities are strongly encouraged to apply: Addressing diversity and affirmative action in predominantly White institutions. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Price, P.G. (2009). Sometimes you gotta live your life on a bridge: The Educational narrative of a multicultural scholar. In J.A. Van Galen & V. O. Dempsey (Eds.) Trajectories: The Social and educational mobility of education scholars from poor and working class backgrounds (pp61-70). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Awards and Honors

  • 2011. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award - Faculty, Washington State University, Office of the Provost, Equity and Diversity.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Social Foundations of Education, University of Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002
  • B.A. Social Welfare and Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Bekeley, 1996
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