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Associate Professor



Dr. Lewsader has 35 years of experience working in various early care and education programs. Her research interests include child care quality, caregiver-child relationships, infant-toddler development, and young children’s understanding of peace and social justice.

Ford, A. C., Cunningham, K. D., Lewsader, J., Jasper, A. D., Heroux, J., & Wirz-Palacios Klemm, J. (2019). Collaborating for coherence around social justice: Leveraging accreditation to conceptually transform from a diversity requirement to a social justice orientation, The New Educator. 15:4. 281-304. DOI: 10.1080/1547688X.2019.1622056

Lewsader, J. & Myers-Walls, J. A. (2016). Developmentally appropriate peace education curricula. Journal of Peace Education. 14. 1-14. doi.10.1080/17400201.2016.1228527.

Myers-Walls, J & Lewsader, J. (2015). A qualitative approach to identifying the developmental progression of children’s understanding of peace. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 21, 508 – 514.

Doctor of Philosophy, 2012, Purdue University;

Masters of Education, 1996, Erikson Institute/Loyola University;

Bachelor of Science, 1992, University of Saint Francis

Courses Taught

HDF 100 and HDF 100 WI Lifespan Development;

HDF 302 Infant Toddler Development;

HDF 360 Integration of Content in Early Childhood through Play;

HDF 401QR Quantitative Methods in Childhood Assessment

Peace - It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.