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 Humanities, Education and the Arts. 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 body for initial accreditation.
Areas of Expertise
Carole Dweck's Mindset Theory
B.A., Political Science
George Washington University
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ph.D., Education Theory and Policy
Pennsylvania State University
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.
Honors and Awards
2009 Presidents Award for Teaching Excellence
Volunteer and Group Affiliations
Rotary Club International
Canterbury Council, St. Augustine’s Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Online Courses Taught
MAE 5040 Contemporary Issues in Education