SOE News

School welcomes “New” faculty member

The School of the Education welcomes a new faculty member this semester, Rebecca New, who will serve as both an associate professor of early childhood education and a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG).

New joins the School from Tufts University in Boston, where she served as an associate professor and director of teacher education. She has extensive experience in the area of early childhood, particularly in the study of cultural impacts upon early childhood teaching and learning.

In her joint position, New will provide leadership in linking FPG’s FirstSchool initiative with the School’s teacher education programs. FirstSchool, a new program in which the School is partnering, aims to reinvent the early schooling approach and create a national framework to help ensure that all children’s early school experiences are positive. Additionally, FirstSchool, in partnership with families, schools, the community, FPG and the School of Education, is working to make certain that education for children age three through third grade is coordinated across the age span. New will bring a cross-cultural emphasis to the program, given her research in cross-cultural models of child development and early education.

Prior to her appointment at Tufts, New taught at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth Medical School and Syracuse University. She received her Ed.D. in Comparative Child Development from Harvard University in 1984, her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida in 1972, and her baccalaureate degree in elementary education from Florida State University in 1968.