Beverley J.M. Bell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Education

  • H.D.E., Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
  • B.A., UNISA,
  • M.Ed., University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Ed.D.,  University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Courses Taught

  • Race, Class, and Culture in the Classroom
  • Student Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • The Process of Teaching Learning in Secondary and Middle Schools
  • The Politics of Literacy
  • Education and Policy in Post Apartheid South Africa

Interests

My primary interests focus on developing international collaborations and partnerships that integrate experiential learning with structured reflection and informed action.  I have developed and led a number of student and teacher exchange programs and developed partnerships between US and South African institutions that aim to develop collaborative reciprocal teaching and learning opportunities.

I am currently contracted as a consultant for a USAID funded pre-service teacher education program in Pakistan.  My work engages teachers and teacher-educators in developing resources and collaborations toward refining national teacher training and accreditation systems. 

My research interests focus on two dimensions of novice teacher development.  First, it explores the relationship between structured mentoring, formal induction programs and workplace ecologies in providing learning supports for novice teachers.  Second, it seeks to elucidate the role of global immersion experiences in the development of critically reflective teachers.  I am also currently working on researching the outcomes and impacts of an anti-racism student leadership program at the University of the Free State in South Africa.