Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 1998

Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Dissertation: When History Speaks Can the Heart Listen – Affective Responses of Emotionally Disturbed Adolescent Males to a Local History Project.

M.Ed., Special Education, 1987

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

B.A., Secondary Education – History/Social Studies, 1984

B.S., Liberal Arts, 1984
Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, VA


Elmer Ediger Memorial Scholarship for Mental Health Professionals, 1986
Grant Stolzfus Scholarship for Critical Issues in Church History, 1983
Ernest T. Gehman Foreign Language Scholarship, 1982



Wesleyan College, Macon, GA (1999-Present)
   Professor of Education
   Director, Wesleyan Center for Educational Renewal
   Alumnae Chair of Education

   •  Social studies education, special education, middle school education.

Clemson University, Clemson, SC (1996–1997).
   Adjunct Instructor
   • Taught Principles of American Education (EDF 301).

Fair Play Wilderness Camp School, Westminster, SC (1984-1990: 1993-1998)
Residential program for seriously emotionally disturbed boys in South Carolina.
   Educational Coordinator, 1984-1989, 1993-1998.
   • Developed theme-based curriculum.
   • Taught in outdoor classroom, and tutored individual students. Coordinated educational 

   • Taught outdoor skills.
   Director of Development / Administrative Assistant, 1992-1993.
   • Created and developed thrift store to provide scholarships for clients.
   • Oversaw all public relations.

Oconee Alternative School (1989-1991)

   •  Oversaw implementation of the program, student selection, and student’s discipline.

       Worked with student families.
   • Developed and implemented a student-staffed outdoor furniture manufacturing

   • Performed all duties associated with a high school principal.

Conference Presentations

Forget About Reform: Think About Revolution.  Co-presented with Lesley Coia and Monica Taylor at The Invisible College, AERA International Conference, April 6, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Preference Theory In A Therapeutic Camping Program. November 12, 2010.
Talk given to a therapeutic landscape class. College of Landscape and
Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

I Used to Wear Suspenders: A Little Known Secret of Transformative Teaching. August 4, 2010. Paper presentation at the Eighth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices. Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England.

Stories Make the World. March 17, 2010. A professional development presentation to the history teachers of Augusta/Richmond County Georgia School District.

Digital Storytelling and Archaic Consciousness: Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny on Facebook, January 29, 2010, Governor’s Teaching Fellows Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Nature with a Capital N: Therapeutic and Pedagogical Applications, October 8, 2009, Georgia Association of Independent Colleges of Education Fall Conference, Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Camp is a Place, September 5, 2009, Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Annual Conference, Westminster, SC.

Biophilia (for non-science teachers), June 23, 2009, Georgia Forestry Commission Annual Teacher Conservation Workshop.

Reconceptualizing Teacher Education in Personal and Situational Terms, April 10, 2007. Paper presentation. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Chicago, Ill.

Talking Stones, Informed Imagination, and the Recovery of Lost Memories, March 8, 2007.
Paper presentation. Our Past Before Us: The Search for the South Carolina Upcountry. Clemson/Greenville, SC.

Celebrating Black Heritage:The Life of Tenus Maxwell.  Abel Church, Clemson, SC. June 6, 2006.

How to Join the Popular Front for the Liberation of American Education, October 28, 2004. Roundtable presentation, The Fifth Annual Conference on Curriculum and Pedagogy, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

The Dynamic Between Personal and Professional Identity for Teachers, Oct. 9, 2004. Guest lecturer, The Jesse Byler Lecture Series, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Woodstock to Hip-Hop: Convergent Lifelines and the Teaching Journey, The Fifth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices: Journeys of Hope: Risking Self-Study in a Diverse World, Herstmonceaux Castle, East Sussex, England, June 27-July 1, 2004.

What a Story!: A Self-study in the Use of Personal Narratives in Teacher Education, Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Conference, Savannah, Georgia, November 2003.

Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification That Work, Co-presented with Wesleyan College graduate student, Amber Ansley, Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Conference, Savannah, Georgia, November 2003.

Convergent Life-lines: Hip-hop Culture, Utopian Dreams and the Pedagogy of Personal Quest, Co presented with Wesleyan College graduate student, Andre Mountain, Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, Decatur, Georgia, October 2003.

Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program: Flexible, Collaborative Approaches to Preparing Highly Qualified Teachers for Georgia’s School, Co presented with Dr. Mae Sheftall, Bibb County Public Schools, and members of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2003.

If These Stones Could Talk: The Rediscovery of the Old Maxwell Cemetery, The Liberal Arts and a Wet Towel: The Role of Service in the Academy, A Service Learning Mini-Conference. Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, September 30, 2002.

Course Assessment Through Public Performance: A Different Kind of Cramming, Southeast Region Association for Experiential Education, Helen, Georgia, April 2002.

Writing for Teachers workshop presenter, Georgia Writing Project, Georgia Southwestern University, Americus Georgia. September 15, 2001.

Seeds of Intolerance, Flora of Genocide: Holocaust Education in the Garden of Good and Evil, Diversity and Learning: Identity, Community, and Intellectual Development Conference, sponsored by AAC & U, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 28, 2000.

The Unintended Consequences of Using a Time Machine in History Instruction: Peacemaking, Therapy and Celebration in a Rural Southern Community, Georgia Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 12, 2000.

Multiple Intelligence’s Theory and Foreign Language Instruction.  Foreign Language Teachers Workshop, Bibb County Schools, Macon, GA; March 13, 2000.

Talking Stones and Time Machines: Informed Imagination and the Construction of Historical Possibilities. South Carolina Council for Teachers of English, Spring 2000 Conference, Charleston, SC; March 11, 2000.

False Dichotomies, Panacea Proposals and Eclectopedagogy: Preservice Teachers Converse with the Big Guys Georgia Association of Teacher Educators, Spring Conference, Jekyll Island, GA, with six of my students; March 10, 2000.

Group Music as a Therapeutic Activity, Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Lake Tahoe, NV; November, 1998.

Walking Through History: Treading in the Footsteps of the Red, White and Black Inhabitants of the Toxaway Valley. Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association, Annual Conference, Westminster, SC; 1997.

Who are Peter, Paul and Mary, Anyway? The Effects of Participatory Singing on Emotionally Disturbed Adolescent Males. The Association for Experiential Education, International Conference, Spokane, WA; 1996.

Camping on Their Doorstep: An Alternative to Traditional Family Therapy.  The Association of Experiential Education, Southeastern Regional Conference, Seabrook Island, SC; 1996.

“Life-Wide” Education in a Wilderness Setting.  The National Association of Rural Special Education, National Conference, Asheville, NC; 1986.


Pritchard, P. (2010)  “I Used to Wear Suspenders: A Little-Known Secret of Transformative Teaching. Proceedings for the Eighth International Conference on Teacher Education Practices. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press. pp. 207-210.

Pritchard, P., Mountain, A. (2006) “Woodstock to hip-hop: Convergent lifelines and the pedagogy of personal quest.” Self-study and Diversity, Tidwell, D., Fitzgerald, L. (Eds.), Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Coia, L, Brooks, N. J., Mayer S. J., Pritchard, P., Heilman, E., Birch M. L. & Mountain, M. (Eds.) (2004) Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization: Papers from the 4th Curriculum and Pedagogy Annual Conference. New York: Educator's International Press

“Woodstock to Hip-Hop: Convergent Lifelines and the Teaching Journey.” (2004) Conference Proceedings for the Fifth International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa .isbn 1-55339-079-2

“The Other Side of the Stone: Student Conversations With a Graveyard,” The Quarterly of the National Writing Project, Summer 2000, Volume 22: Number 3, pp. 2-9.

“The Other Side of the Stone,” Chicora Foundation Research, March 1999, Volume 13:
Number 1.

"If These Stones Could Talk" The Rediscovery of the Old Maxwell Cemetery, Editor, Fair Play Camp School, Inc. 1997.

“Who Are Peter, Paul and Mary Anyway?'  The Effect of Participatory Singing on Emotionally Disturbed Adolescent Males, Clemson Kappan, Spring 1997.

Other Professional/Academic Activities

Serving as Board Member - Woodfield Academy 2012 -

Governor’s Teaching Fellow, 2008.

Served as Interim Director, Wesleyan Master of Arts in Education Programs, 2007-2008

Serve on the Elam Alexander Academy Psychoeducational Stakeholders Group since 2006.

Appointed Director of the Wesleyan Center for Educational Renewal, Fall 2005.

Awarded the endowed Alumnae Chair of Education, April 2005.

Facilitated start up of and provided leadership for Pioneer Teachers, a scholarship program that gives the opportunity for select classroom paraprofessionals to complete their degree in Early Childhood Education from Wesleyan College. January 2005.

Co-convener of the Annual Wesleyan College Urban Education Conference, Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, February 2003, February 2004.

Serve on Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board of Examiners. One accreditation visit to Spellman College, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003.

Served as director,2003 Wesleyan College Summer Leadership Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This institute is for exemplary rising seniors from Wesleyan College to explore practical and philosophical aspects of leadership in a seminar setting for seven days in the summer. This year’s theme was “Art and Entrepreneurship .

Developed the theme, “The American Renaissance” as the focus for the 2002 Wesleyan Summer Leadership Institute. The summer 2002 institute was in Boston, Massachusetts.

Facilitated the annual Wesleyan Storytelling Festival since 2001.

Designed and taught a First Year Seminar: From Walden to Woodstock: Utopia and the Alternative American Dream, Wesleyan College, Fall Semester, 2000, Fall Semester, 2001,
Fall Semester, 2002, Fall Semester 2003.

Fellow, Boundaries and Borderlands Institute on Community and Diversity, AACU. Brown University, July 12-23, 2000.

Conference Facilitator, Southeastern Regional Association for Experiential Education, Berry College, Rome, GA; March, 2000

Faculty Sponsor, Kappa Delta Epsilon education honors fraternity, Wesleyan College, 1999-2004.

Symposium Facilitator, “How to Learn. What to teach: A Conversation with Howard Gardner and E.D. Hirsch.” Howard Gardner and E.D. Hirsch address questions from a panel of six Wesleyan College students concerning their theories of learning and teaching. Wesleyan College, Macon, GA; November 30, 1999.


Exemplary Teaching Award. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. 2010-2011.

Quillian Distinguished Teaching Award. September 12, 2002.

Extra Mile Award. For extraordinary support of Bibb County Public Schools. March 21, 2002.


Georgia Teaching Certificate:
• Behavioral Science 6-12
• Economics 6-12
• Geography 6-12
• History 6-12
• Political Science 6-12
• Special Education-Behavior Disorders P-12
• Special Education-Language Arts Cognitive Level P-5, 4-8
• Special Education-Social Science Cognitive Level P-5, 4-8, 6-12

State Teacher Certification Officer, Wesleyan College Teacher Education Department.


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