Faculty / Staff
Dr. Fusco is currently serving as the Howland Endowed Chair at the University of Minnesota and will return to her teaching position in the Fall of 2012.
For the past twenty years, Dr. Fusco’s research has focused on youth development and afterschool leading to increased national and international recognition. Recently she was the Keynote Speaker at the History of Youth Work conference in Minnesota and presented at the International Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies in Glasgow. She serves on a national panel of leaders in youth work, the Next Generation Coalition, has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and produced the documentary, When School Is Not Enough. Her most recent work is an edited volume to be published later this year entitled, Advancing Youth Work: Current Trends, Critical Questions.
My research involves exploring the impacts of inquiry-based learning experiences and the best ways to support teachers in their development of this pedagogy. Research clearly demonstrates that the central factor in the quality of students’ educational experiences is the teacher. My own research includes analyses of the best ways to prepare teachers for meeting the instructional challenges of urban classrooms in the 21st century. A substantial need persists for high quality professional development experiences for teachers at both the K-12 and university levels. My expertise includes both implementing and researching the impacts of professional development experiences.
Shale, Sheila, Adjunct Lecturer