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Educational History

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • M.Ed. Duke University
  • B.A. Wake Forest University


Dr. Tate’s teaching responsibilities include the foundations of education, philosophy of education, and teacher education. His writings demonstrate an interest in the sociology, politics, and philosophy of education, especially as they inform discussions about teacher education and the occupation of teaching. Dr. Tate is an active member of the American Educational Research Association. In his present research project he is studying the qualities and behaviors of award-winning teachers. Before his appointment at Boston University, Dr. Tate was a researcher at the Commonwealth Center for Education of Teachers and an instructor in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Courses Taught

  • SED ED100  Introduction to Education
  • SED ED500  Foundations of Educational Practices
  • SED CT721  Analysis and Design of Curriculum
  • SED CT750  Basic Principles for Curriculum and Teaching
  • SED CT735  Seminar on Teacher Education

Selected Publications

  • (2013). Excellent teachers: Implications for physical education and health education. In L. E. Ciccomascolo & E. C. Sullivan (Eds.), The dimensions of physical education (pp. 40-48). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
  • (2006). Academic and relational responsibilities of teaching. Journal of Education, 187(3), 1-20.
  • (2001). Excellence in teaching: Myths and legends. In T. Arnold (Ed.), Facing change: Proceedings of the AIESEP World Sport Science Congress (pp. 1.45-1.51). Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia: Association Internationale des Escoles Superieures d’Education Physique and School of Health and Human Performance, Central Queensland University.
  • (1998). [With S. M. Tauer as first author.] Growth of reflection in teaching: Reconciling the models. Teaching Education 9(2), 143-153.
  • (1993). The two worlds of teaching. Journal of Education, 175(3), 15-29.
  • (1992). [With J. M. Cooper.] Restructuring teacher education in the Old Dominion. In H. D. Gideonse (Ed.), Teacher education policy: Narratives, stories, and cases (pp.133-155). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • (1988). Whale or shark? A description of state policy domains for teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 39(6), 21-26.

Selected Presentations

  • Excellence in teaching: Myths and legends.
  • A resource allocation perspective on teacher empowerment.
  • State policymaking for teacher education: A sociological and political analysis.
  • How new ideas influence curriculum in teacher education.
  • A study of state-level policymaking for teacher education.
  • Contributions of foundational studies to an understanding of the occupation of teaching.
  • Policy implications of five visions of teaching.

Selected Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • John Dewey Society

Selected University Service

  • Faculty-in-Residence, Rich Hall
  • Member, University Trustee Scholarship Committee
  • Sponsor, Vita Novis Baptist Student Fellowship
  • Vice-Chair, SED Faculty Assembly
  • Member, SED Academic Instruction and Standards Committee

Selected Supervisory Activities

Supervising prepracticum students

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.