Beverley J.M. Bell

Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Bev Bell is the director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Mount Holyoke College. She has been involved in higher education for over 15 years; she previously worked and taught in K-12 education for over 16 years in South Africa. Along with her work in teacher preparation, Bell has worked on international projects including the development of national standards  and rubrics for teacher preparation and education in Pakistan (2011-2013). 

Bell’s other interests focus on developing international collaborations and partnerships that integrate experiential learning with structured reflection and informed action. She has 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.

Bell’s 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. She is 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.

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