Anne M Galletta, Ph.D.
 Title: Chair & Professor
 Dept: Curriculum & Foundations
 Office: JH 378
 Phone: 216-687-4581
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 378, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Qualitative Research Methods, Critical Social Theory, Participatory Action Research, Ethics, Reflexivity, and Qualitative Research, Educational Policy, History of U.S. Education, Equity in Education, Teacher Development and Preparation
Ph.D., Social Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 2003
M.A., Psychology, Hunter College, City University of New York, 2000
M.A., English, New York University, 1993
M.S., Educational Computing, Baruch College, City University of New York, 1990
Brief Bio:
Dr. Anne Galletta earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.  As a social psychologist, her research
interests include the nature of social and structural relations and dimensions of human experience within public space and institutions.  Dr. Galletta draws on critical social theory and qualitative research methods, with particular strengths in participatory action research, ethnography, and case study methodologies.  Through critical participatory methods, Dr. Galletta works with educators, youth, and community members in studying issues affecting neighborhoods and schools and engaging in intergenerational collective action to address these issues.
Honors and Awards:
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2015-2016

Faculty Merit Recognition Award, 2013-2014

Teaching Enhancement Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Cleveland State University, 2010, 2011

College of Education and Human Services Faculty Research Mentoring Program Award, Cleveland State University, 2010-2013

Fellow, Educational Policy Fellowship Program, Ohio State Site.  Recipient of the Dick Boyd Fellow Scholarship for EPFP Participation.  2009-2010.

Engaging Diversity Grants of Excellence, Division of Institutional Diversity, Cleveland State University, 2010, 2012

College of Education and Human Services Faculty Research Mentoring Program Award, Cleveland State University, 2005-2007

Post-doctoral Award, The Spencer Foundation, 2003-2004.

Dissertation Fellowship, The Rockefeller Foundation, 2002-2003.

Semi-finalist, Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program, 2002.
Creative and Activities:
Toneff-Cotner, G., & Galletta, A. (2016, April). School Closure, Relational Trust, and Civic Bonds and Ruptures: A Current and Retrospective Study of High School Closure. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Steggert, S., & Galletta, A. (2015, June). School Closure: A Thin Conceptualization of Equity. Paper presented at State of the Research on School Closings, Mid Atlantic Regional Conference, University of Pennsylvania.

Cooke, R., Evans, C., Galletta, A., Gullatt, L., Johnson, M., Kaufman, A., et al. (2015, April). Educational policy: It's personal! Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association - Education Research to Performance Youth Apprentice Festival.

Galletta, A. (2015, April). Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association: Education Research to Performance Youth Research Festival, Part 2. Critical Reflections on Community Research in Times of Widening Inequalities: A Roundtable Session.

Boboc, M., Galletta, A., Griffin, G. C., Heuer, D., Kruger, S., Rotta, A. A., Toneff-Cotner, G. E. (2015, April). Redesigning urban teacher preparation. Presentation at Invisible College for Research on Teaching, Chicago.

Glover, E., & Galletta, A. (2015, April). They forgot to tell us: Exploring the experiences of youth, pre-service teachers, and licensed educators in examining community resources. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Galletta, A. (2015, January). Critical Meeting of Lives, History & Conditions: See where it's going? Presentation at The Qualitative Report annual conference at Nova Southeastern University.

Coats, T., & Galletta, A. (2014, November). This is ours, and we must own it:
Teacher candidates connecting local history to present educational conditions. Paper presentation at Midwestern Research Educational Association annual conference in Evanston, Illinois.

Trombetta, A., & Galletta, A. (2014, November). Factors contributing to Latina dropout rates: An exploratory narrative study. Paper presentation at the Midwestern Educational Research Association in Evanston, Illinois.

Galletta, A. (2014, November). What¿s the Problem? Creating Points of Opening for Critical Engagement with Youth Concerning Educational Constraints & Possibilities. Blurring Educational Boundaries Conference at Unversitat Barcelona, Spain.

Galletta, A., Bisesi, A., & Evans, C. (2014, April). When you know the data, you have the power: Working across settings and levels of change. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association 2014 Conference.

Galletta, A., Johnson, M., jones, v., Stewart, C. (2013, June). Creating Openings for Inquiry and Action: Exploring Historical and Policy Contexts toward Educational Change. Presentation at the Free Minds, Free People 2013 conference, Chicago.
Research Interests:
Using participatory action research (PAR), our PAR collective focused on the experiential knowledge youth bring to studies of educational challenges and the analytical approach of studying youth experience in relation to local history, current conditions, and educational policy. We used the survey as a ¿social mirror,¿ as noted by social psychologist Ignacio Martin-Baro, for individuals to ¿recognize themselves in the reality they know¿ (p. 187).

By analyzing the experience of youth in relation to structural and historical conditions, and still acknowledging the financial constraints faced by urban districts, youth and teacher candidates were able to question dimensions of the issue once seen as normative, or ¿given.¿ We connected the local stories of impact with current research on school closure. In so doing, the project drew us closer to the injustice of this policy, as it is experienced disproportionately by students of color living in communities already stressed by foreclosure, unemployment, and poverty.
Teaching Areas:
Qualitative Research
Critical Social Theory and Participatory Action Research
Social Foundations in Education
Educational Philosophy
Cultural Foundations
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association
Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology
The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
American Educational Research Association
Professional Experience:
Our community work in Participatory Critical Inquiry and Action involves youth, educators, community members, and CEHS undergraduates and graduates in inquiry focused on issues important to youth, their schools and communities. This work is guided by a tradition of participatory action research (PAR) in psychology and education involving youth. In this tradition, the study of phenomena is accomplished in context and often through collectives of university researchers with those individuals and groups closely involved with the topic of study. In 2014 our PAR collective included youth from three Cleveland schools and four young adults who are alumni to Cleveland schools, a community member who is a retired CMSD teacher, and two doctoral students. In August of 2014, this core group presented at the Cleveland City Club, speaking to district leaders, parents, youth, and educators. More recently, 3 youth members of the research collective and Dr. Galletta were one of the 10 teams competitively selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the Education Research to Performance Youth Apprentice Project from more than 40 proposals. The 10 teams were selected from Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa. The project entailed participation in a December 2014 meeting and presentation by our Lives in Transition collective at the annual AERA meeting, April 18, 2015.

More information on Participatory Critical Inquiry and Action is available at the following website:
University Service:
Doctoral Studies Committee Member
Dean's Diversity Council Member
Member of Faculty Senate
Professional Service:
Public Science: An Introduction to Critical Participatory Action Research - AERA Professional Development Session, American Education Research Association annual meeting, April, 2016.  With colleagues of the Public Science Project, City University of New York Graduate Center, provided basic understanding of the praxis of PAR, a sense of ethics and dilemmas, a taste of applying concepts discussed to their own work, and new connections with allied scholars in the field.

Expert witness on the impact of school closure, Arriaga v. Sacramento City Unified School District, June 2013

Reviewer, Educational Policy (2013-present)

Reviewer, The Urban Review (2013 ¿ present).
Community Service:
Community service reflects broader efforts within the College of Education and Human Services and Cleveland State University to provide a reciprocal sharing of resources and knowledge with youth and their communities in addressing serious issues within the city and region. In particular, it involves teacher candidates in supporting participatory action research to stretch their imagination of what is possible in public education within our city. Community service projects include the following:

Now and Then: A Cross-Generational Conversation about Community and School Change.  Collaboration with Case Elementary School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District. 2010-2012; 2016

Lives in Transition.  Collaboration with seven high schools, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  2011-2013.

Additional invited talks and project work:

Under One Roof, Through Many Doors: Understanding Racial Equality in an Unequal World. Invited by the Student Group on Racial Relations, Shaker Heights City School District, to present on research on the district's history of racial desegregation. December, 2015.

Dare2Care.  Preliminary research on youth leadership project focused on inclusion of LGBTQ students in the high school context.  Lakewood City School District.  2014.
Research Grants:
Since 2009, we have worked locally and nationally, engaging in cross-city exchanges.
At Cleveland State University, we have been generously supported by the Center for Educational Technology, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Engaging Diversity Grants of Excellence, and the Ford Secondary Education and Racial Justice Collaborators (FSERJC) project. We are also grateful for the theoretical and methodological guidance from the Public Science Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where the roots of this work were established.