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Dr. Rachel Wolkenhauer

Dr. Rachel Wolkenhauer
Phone: 8148652184
Office Address:
178 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education


Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum and Supervision


Rachel Wolkenhauer is a community engaged scholar who studies and teaches practitioner research as a form of professional learning for preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and teacher educators in school-university partnerships, including the nationally recognized Penn State-State College Area School District Professional Development School.

Areas of Expertise

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development
Professional Development Schools

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses:

  • C&S 557 - Seminar in Curriculum Research
  • CI 563 - Designing Staff Development Programs (Professional Development and Teacher Learning)
  • CI 596A - Professional Development School Research
  • C&S 498A: Mentoring Preservice Teachers in the Professional Development School Context

Undergraduate Courses:

  • CI 495F - Practicum in Student Teaching in the PK-4 Professional Development School
  • CI 405 - Strategies in Classroom Management

Education History

Ph.D., University of Florida

Representative Publications

Higgins, M., Morton, A., & Wolkenhauer, R. (2018). (Re)Conceptualizing preservice teacher supervision through duoethnography: Reflecting, supporting, and collaborating with and for each other. Teaching and Teacher Education, 69, 75-84.

Wolkenhauer, R., & Hooser, A. (2017). “Inquiry is confidence”: How practitioner inquiry can support new teachers. The Journal of Practitioner Research, 2(1), 1-14. 

Wolkenhauer, R., Hill, A. P., Dana, N. F., & Stukey, M. (2016). Exploring the connections between action research and teacher leadership: A reflection on teacher leader research for confronting new challenges. The New Educator, 13(2), 117-136.

Dawson, K., Dana, N. F., Wolkenhauer, R., & Krell, D. (2013). Identifying the priorities and practices of virtual school educators using action research.American Journal of Distance Education, 27(1), 29-39.

Dana, N. F., Burns, J. B., & Wolkenhauer, R. (2013). Inquiring into the Common Core.Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.