Anastasia P. Samaras is an international scholar, collaborator, and innovator in teacher education and the self-study research methodology with an extensive repertoire of teaching, administrative, and research activity directly related to and integrated with her passion and contributions to the field. Professor Samaras is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of numerous journal, chapter, and book publications including Self-Study for Teacher Educators (2002), Self-Study of Teaching Practices (2006), Making a Difference in Teacher Education Through Self-Study (2006), Learning Communities in Practice (2008), and Self-Study Teacher Research (2010).
A former schoolteacher in pre-K–12 settings and director and coordinator of several teacher education programs at The Catholic University of America and George Mason University, she has a firsthand understanding in the realities of teaching. Dr. Samaras holds three degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park: a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, a master’s degree in Human Growth and Development, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education.
In 1990 she was the recipient of the Dissertation Research Award, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award from the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She has received numerous distinguished service awards for her leadership in the field of education. Her expertise in early childhood and teacher education has led to appointments as a consultant for numerous program reviews with various Federal agencies, departments, Head Start, and universities.
Her decades of teaching and research experiences have centered on designing, implementing, and assessing curriculum and instruction from a Neo-Vygotskian perspective, and studying teachers’ professional practices, including her own. She has presented as a visiting self-study scholar nationally and internationally working collaboratively with faculty and students around the world. Dr. Samaras has been an active member of and leader in the Self-Study School and is much indebted to her self-study colleagues and her students for their scholarship which has been foundational to her research and teaching. She now serves as a mentor to emerging research scholars who come from various disciplines.
Anastasia is currently a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Virginia.