Dr. Phyllis Arth

Faculty/Staff profile

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: 
(402) 465-2310
Office: 
Smith Curtis 130C
Background: 

Dr. Arth began her teaching career in Douglas, Wyoming. She taught 5th grade and kindergarten students. In Laramie, Wyoming at the University Prep School, she taught students in multi-age classrooms exploratory curricula and 6th grade core subjects. She worked in the Lincoln, NE public schools with highly gifted students; in one-on-one settings and in a half-day, alternative classroom program for highly gifted/low academic achieving students.

While in Wyoming, Dr. Arth worked with educators and students who were members of the Arapahoe and Shoshoni Tribes. She served as Co-Director of the Teacher Corps Project ‘78. She was responsible for fiscal, instructional, evaluation and dissemination programs so that course work to earn a B.A. in Elementary Education was delivered to Interns on the Wind River Reservation. Courses to meet needs of Pre- and In-Service teachers were also delivered.

Dr. Arth also taught at Southeast Community College, Lincoln NE. She played a key role in designing and developing their Education Focus Program. She taught Introduction to Education and directed the program for Practicum students in Lincoln Public Schools. She served on the statewide committee working to unify Nebraska’s community college education programs. In addition, she taught Interpersonal Relations and Career Development.
At SCC, she was awarded the LAMB award for excellence in teaching and dedication to students.

Dr. Arth assisted with research for the historical novel Lost With All Hands - A Family Forever Changed, The Portland Gale of 1989, by Mary Melton, Penobscot Press, 1998.
She has presented at national conferences sponsored by the National Middle School Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Education: 

1979 Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction, Middle School
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
1976 Master of Arts, Curriculum & Instruction, Middle School
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
1973 Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

Teaching philosophy: 

Just because you are doing something right does not mean it is the only right way to do it.
Learning should be fun, or the reward should be fun.
All students can learn.

Courses taught: 

ED 001 Introduction to Education
ED 299 Student Teaching Seminar
ED 106 Learning Theory

Research and academic interests: 

Selected Publications
Middle Level Education: A Challenge for the Elementary School Principal, with Alfred Arth and Richard Meyer, A Joint Project for the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 1990.

Increasing Transescent Learning Through Cooperative Writing, with Susan E.M. Hall, Dissemination Services on Middle Grades, Volume XVII, Number 3, November, 1985

Project Director: Humanities Education in Wyoming’s Public Schools, Report of the Humanities Education Task Force, A Project Sponsored by the Wyoming Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, September 1983.

Building Usage and Learning Styles at the Middle Level, NASSP Bulletin, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Volume 67, Number 463, May 1983.

The Relationship of Sex, Age and Sensory Modality Learning Styles of Ten-To Fourteen-Year Old Students, The Middle School Research Annual, Center For Research, Service and Publication, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, October 1979.

How to Make Exploratory Classes Work For Young Adolescents in the Middle School with Alfred Arth and Austin Groden, Dissemination Services on the Middle Grades, Vol. X, 6, March 1979.

Decoding the Profile of The Middle Years Educator, with Dr. Alfred Arth, Center for Research, Service and Publication, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, October 1977.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development