Frances R. Spielhagen, PhD

Frances SpielhagenFrances R. Spielhagen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, where she teaches both pre-service and in-service teachers. She conducts professional development courses for school districts across the United States and engages in academic research in the area of adolescent motivation and engagement.

Dr. Spielhagen recently collaborated with Dr. Paul Schwartz, Dr. Amanda Maynard, and Dr. Sarah Uzelac in creating the Mount Saint Mary College Center for Adolescent Research and Development. She is co-chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of Gifted Children and was past-president of the Sociology of Education Association. From 2003-2006, she was an AERA/IES Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, affiliated with the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Her book, Debating Single-Sex Education: Separate and Equal, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in December 2007. Her research on single-sex education has also been published in several scholarly journals, as well as in Educational Leadership (ASCD, April 2006), The Handbook for Research in Middle Level Education (Information Age Press, 2007), and Taking Sides in Education (Houghton Mifflin, 2007).

She has presented at the American Educational Research Association and the National Association for Gifted Children. In July 2008, she presented her work on single-sex education at the International Centre for Innovation in Education at the Universite Descartes in Paris and the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs.

Her newest book, The Algebra Solution to Mathematics Reform, is based on her post-doctoral research and was published by Teachers’ College Press in 2010.

In July 2013, the second edition of Debating Single-Sex Education: Separate and Equal was published by Rowman and Littlefield.

She is currently conducting a study of motivation and engagement among young adolescent students.

Dr. Spielhagen is a career educator with over 30 years experience in secondary schools. As a high school teacher, she received local, state, and national awards for her work with adolescent students, including Teacher of the Year, Time Magazine’s “Time for Kids” Award for Excellence, and the National Make A Difference Day award. She currently serves as the Higher Education Representative to the Policy Board of the Newburgh Teacher Center.