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Sharon Lamson’s career at UCM spanned approximately 24 years, giving her an opportunity to help prepare hundreds of students who went on to apply what they learned in her courses in their own classrooms.
She retired in May as professor emerita of elementary and early childhood education and served since 2009 as professor and graduate coordinator of elementary and early childhood education. While serving at that post, she initiated the role of graduate coordinator for the new Department of Early Elementary and Childhood Education, and, among other duties, was responsible for recruitment, advisement, and record keeping management of the department. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, supervised student teachers in grades PreK-5, and collaborated with student teaching faculty from the department to develop a program revision and new course that included a new student teaching seminar class that was offered in fall 2010.
Lamson began work at the university in 1987 as an assistant professor and climbed the faculty ranks to become a full professor in 2003. During this time she developed new courses: Models of Teaching, Creativity and the Young Child, and Nature and Needs of the Gifted. She also coordinated undergraduate advisers and advised 190-375 undergraduate students per year for 16 years.
While serving at UCM, Lamson was instrumental in helping the university to attain reaccreditations by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education. She was the writing standards chair or co-chair for NCATE visits on at least four occasions.
Lamson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary-kindergarten/children’s theater and a master’s degree in early childhood education at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She completed her doctorate in special education at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.