Gina joins the department as an Assistant Professor, having defended her Ph.D. dissertation this summer in educational policy from Michigan State University. She also holds a J. D. from the University of Michigan, School of Law.
- Position: Assistant Professor
- Campus Address: EHS 336
- Phone: (989) 774-7325
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gina has well-focused experience in legal issues, having served the Michigan State University College of Law, the Michigan Attorney General, the Michigan Supreme Court, and in private practice.
Gina's main research interests are in legal issues in education and educational policy. These interests will also be her primary teaching areas.Publications:
Responsibility for Educators and the Michigan Code of Ethics by Gina Umpstead and David J. Blacker
Educator indiscretions typically make the
headlines of the local news. Educators
are expected to uphold high standards for ethical conduct since they are
entrusted with the care and teaching of our nation’s children. Unfortunately, educators do not always
receive training in ethics or standards of professional conduct before they
assume their roles in public school classrooms.
In this book, professors Gina Umpstead and David Blacker provide the
reader with a background into the ethical foundations for the professional
codes of ethics for the teaching profession and explore the reasons why
Michigan educators have been disciplined either in their jobs or by losing
their teaching certification from the State of Michigan. The book includes a series of actual case
scenarios involving Michigan educators and the consequences that ensued from
their questionable actions. It links the
scenarios with Michigan’s Code of Ethics for Professional Educators to
highlight how educator behavior can violate this code’s principles that require
educators to provide service to the common good, exhibit mutual respect,
promote equity, encourage diversity, and practice truth and honesty. The book’s goal is to better inform educators
of what it means to ethically serve in our nation’s public schools and to provide
them with concrete examples of the kinds of behavior to avoid in order to keep
both their teaching certification and their jobs.