Faculty Biographical Sketches
Leah Stambler, Department of Education & Educational Psychology
Dr. Leah Stambler, is a Full Professor of Education at Western Connecticut State University, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Foundations of Education, Curriculum of the Secondary School, Curriculum of the Elementary School, Adolescent Development, Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School, and Integrating Language in the Secondary School.
Dr. Leah Stambler holds a BA in History from Hunter College of the City University of New York, an MA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. She was a History/Social Studies Educator at the secondary education level for 14 years in New York City, New Haven, and Stamford schools before shifting her teaching focus to higher education clientele. She taught History and Education courses at South Central Community College [now known as Gateway Community College], University of New Haven, Albertus Magnus College, Southern Connecticut State University, and the American University of Les Cayes, Haiti.
She has served as a People to People Delegation Leader for groups of secondary level studentswho traveled to such countries as the former Soviet Union, Australia, New Zealand, and Hungary. Dr. Stambler also has traveled in Italy, Kenya, and India as a Fulbright Scholar, and has participated in multiple programs as an awardee of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She participated in the Connecticut State University's Yale Visiting Faculty Program, where she was hosted by the late Dr. Paula Hyman in the Religious Studies Program of the History Department. Dr Stambler has participated in the International School for Educators Winter Seminar at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel. She has been awarded multiple CSU-AAUP grants for her research on the Holocaust and Cultural Competence about Islam for Pre-Service Teacher Candidates.
She has a large variety of published articles and chapters in edited books focused on Women’s History, the Holocaust, Character Education, Civics Education, Assessment of Teaching Strategies, and foundations of American Education. She has presented numerous workshops in her field and her research based papers concerning the previously mentioned topics at state, regional, and national, and international conferences. She has served on various committees of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and has reviewed Social Studies NCATE Portfolios. She has been active in the State of Connecticut's Beginning Educator Support Training Program (BEST) as a Cooperating Teacher, Mentor, State Assessor, Trainer of Mentors, and Social Studies Beginning Teacher Portfolio Scorer, and wrote/implemented a CSDE BEST training grant for 30 administrators in the Danbury Public School System. She has served on visiting accreditation teams for the CSDE. She is active as a trainer and beginning teachers’ reflections reviewer in the CSDE TEAM Program that replaced BEST.