Eric Cummings

Teaching Responsibilities
Scholarship, Research, Publications
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Dean, School of Humanities, Education and the Arts

B.A., Political Science, George Washington University
M.Ed., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ph.D., Education Theory and Policy, Pennsylvania State University
Office Location: 104 Bone Hall
Phone: 615.547.1323

After completing his B.A. in Political Science, Dr. Cummings worked for 5 years with adolescents at the North Carolina Outward Bound school before pursuing his M.Ed. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy in 2006, focusing on the history of education, measuring cognitive demand in the curriculum, and educational policy. He resides in Nashville with his wife and three children.

At Cumberland he has taught student teaching seminars and courses on Education as a Profession, Educational Psychology, and Instructional Technology, and supervises student teachers. He is the LiveText Coordinator and NCATE Co-Coordinator for the School of Education & Public Service. He was the Coordinator of Field Experiences for two years becoming Associate Dean.

He has served on the Faculty Senate, and several other University Committees, is on the Lebanon Special School District Pre-K Council Advisory Committee, and NCATE Chair for the University's success bod for initial accreditation. 

Teaching Responsibilities

ED201: Education as a Profession
ED435, 437, 445, 447, 450: Student teaching seminars
ED 191 Introduction to Computers for teachers
MAE 5040 Contemporary Issues in Education
M.Ed. 5160 Policy & Governance for School Leaders
Ed 322 Education for the Developing Learner
MAT 5014 Education for the Developing Learner
FSL 101 Foundations of Scholarship and Learning  

Scholarship, Research, & Publications


Blair, C., Knipe, H., Cummings, E., Baker, D., Eslinger, P., Gamson, D., & Thorne, S. (2007). A developmental neuroscience approach to the study of school readiness. In. R. Pianta, M. Cox, & K. Snow (Eds.), School readiness, early learning, and the transition to kindergarten. Baltimore MD: Brookes.

Baker, D., Cummings, E. (2008). Pennsylvania’s best investment: The social and economic benefits of public education. Philadelphia: Education Law Center.

Research Presentations:

Multicultural Attitudes & Education (with Karen Lea, Richard Parrott, Dale Oswalt). Annual Meeting, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Atlanta, GA; February 20, 2010.

The Social Benefits of Education. 2008 Keynote Speaker, Cumberland University School of Education Fall Symposium.

The Fall and Rise of Intellectual Rigor: The Case of School Mathematics, 1890-2000. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the AERA, San Francisco. April, 2006.

“The ethical burden of conflicting conceptions of intelligence for school administrators.” Ethics in Education Conference, Barbados, October 1, 2004.

“Popular American conceptions of intelligence from 1900-1925 and how they influenced the reception of intelligence testing in schools.” History of Education Society Conference, Pittsburgh. November, 2002.