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Susan Schramm-Pate, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies
Graduate Director of Women’s & Gender Studies
Department: Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-3087
Fax: 803-777-3193

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Girls for Tomorrow

Susan Schramm-Pate, Ph.D.


Susan Schramm-Pate earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Miami University of Ohio, and her M.Ed. in Art Education and B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning.


Schramm-Pate's research focuses on curriculum studies, diversity and equity.


Within the Ed.D. Program in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum Studies, Schramm-Pate regularly teaches EDCS 723 Understanding Sexual Diversity and the Curriculum; EDCS 724 Gender Diversity in Schools; EDCS 725 Principles of Curriculum Construction; EDCS 821 Curriculum Theory; and EDCS 822 Curriculum Classics: Trends & Issues.


Susan Schramm-Pate joined the College of Education faculty in 1998 and is an Associate Professor in the Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry and program coordinator of the Ed.D. Degree Program in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum Studies. She serves as the Graduate Director of for the Women's & Gender Studies degree program and as Faculty Advisor for Girls of Tomorrow, a University of South Carolina student organization that provides an important outlet for students to build leadership skills and enhance their creativity and personal growth and social development. Within the College of Education, Schramm-Pate teaches courses on curriculum history, curriculum theory, curriculum development, gender and sexual orientation studies, and leadership for curricular change. Within Women's & Gender Studies she teaches courses on feminist theory. A former Ohio public school visual art teacher, Schramm-Pate is a graduate of Miami University's (Oxford, Ohio) doctoral program in Educational Administration with a focus in Curriculum Studies. She also holds an M.A. in Art Education and a B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, & Planning.

Selected Research Studies

Schramm-Pate, S. L., & Jeffries, R. B. (Eds.). (2008). Grappling with Diversity: Readings on Civil Rights Pedagogy and Critical Multiculturalism. Albany, NY: SUNY. This edited volume is a collection of studies on the development and integration of school-based critical multicultural social studies curriculum, the South, and civil rights pedagogy.

Reynolds, K., & Schramm, S. L. (2002). A Separate Sisterhood: Women Who Shaped Southern Education in the Progressive Era. New York: Peter Lang. This book questions about whether women, particularly women of color, were able to develop a voice of critique and empowerment working within dominant progressive educational discourses in the South at the beginning of the 20th century.

Schramm, S. L. (2002). Transforming the Curriculum: Thinking Outside the Box. Lanham, MA: Scarecrow Press.
This book addresses the critical question of curricular integration and the intersection of science and art on creative thinking.

Selected Publications

Schramm-Pate, S. L. (2008). Hegemonic Representation: A Critique of the Multiplicity of Dixie. In, S. L. Schramm-Pate & R. B. Jeffries (Eds). Grappling with Diversity: Readings on Civil Rights Pedagogy and Critical Multiculturalism. Albany, NY: SUNY

Carlson, D., Schramm-Pate, S. L., & Lussier, R., (2005). Risky Business: Teaching About the Confederate Flag Controversy in a South Carolina High School. In, L. Weis & M. Fine (Eds.). Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race, and Gender in U.S. Schools. Albany, NY: SUNY.

Schramm-Pate, S. L., & Carlson, D. (2003). Reinterpreting the Confederate Battle Flag: Controversy and Compromise in the "New South." In, D. Carlson & G. Dimitriadis (Eds.). Promises to Keep: Cultural Studies, Democratic Education, and Public Life. New York: RoutledgeFalmer Press.

Selected Presentations

Schramm-Pate, S. L. (2007). Culture, Regional Identity, and the Social Studies in South Carolina: A Popular Textbook Considered from a Critical Postcolonial Perspective. Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Wellington, New Zealand.

Schramm-Pate, S. L. (2003). Way Up North and Way Down South: Bifurcation of Dixie as a Cultural Icon. American Educational and Developmental Science Association. Mexico City, Mexico.

Selected Awards

2013—Women's & Gender Studies Teaching Award. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina College of Arts & Sciences, Columbia, SC

2005—George H. Lackey, Jr. Award for Inspirational Teaching. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina College of Education, Columbia, SC

2003—Carol Jones Carlisle Award for Research in Women's Studies. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina Women's Studies Program, Columbia, SC

1992—Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Sponsored by University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, OH

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