Professor, Urban Multicultural/Teacher Education
Amos Hatch is a professor of urban multicultural/teacher education at the University of Tennessee. He loves the idea of creating knowledge and sharing it with others through writing, teaching, and serving. While the process of doing research and writing it up is often painful for Hatch, he still gets a great thrill from seeing evidence that his scholarly work has influenced others. He enjoys teaching both undergrad and graduate courses on topics ranging from planning learning activities for kindergarten to designing qualitative studies for doctoral dissertations.
He targets his service in areas where he thinks he can make a difference, and that ranges from volunteering in early childhood classrooms to serving on governing boards of national organizations. He taught for 13 years in urban elementary schools in Kansas City, Missouri, and Jacksonville, Florida. Hatch earned degrees from the University of Utah, University of North Florida, and University of Florida and worked the first three years of his academic career at the Ohio State University-Marion.
His school teaching experience was in programs for young children, and much of his university teaching has been in teacher education programs designed to prepare teachers for urban settings. He wrote a book on teaching in contemporary kindergarten settings and published several articles about early childhood curriculum, instruction, and policy. He is a qualitative researcher, who has written/edited four books on qualitative methods, served a four-year term as editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies of Education, completed numerous studies in a variety of education contexts, and worked with doctoral students on dissertation projects in many disciplines. Four of his books have been translated into Chinese and/or Korean. His most recent edited book (Susan Groenke) focuses on implementing critical pedagogical approaches in teacher education. He is currently co-editor (with Susan Benner) of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.