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Department of Education

Special Methods Faculty

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Paul Cummings: Music

Shannon Morago: Science

Gayle Olson-Raymer: Social Science

Paul Cummings: Music

Paul Cummings

Dr. Paul Cummings is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Humboldt State University, where he is coordinator of the music education program. Prior to his appointment in fall, 2005, Dr. Cummings served as Graduate Teaching Fellow in conducting and music education at the University of Oregon. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Arts degree in music history from San Francisco State University. Dr. Cummings holds a California credential valid for life in K-12 music instruction.

He began his teaching career as an instrumental music specialist in 1974 in the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, and followed that with similar positions in Campbell and Palo Alto. His past teaching assignments include band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, choir, class piano, and general music. Dr. Cummings has also taught at Chapman University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and conducted bands at Cabrillo College and Cañada College.

At Humboldt State University, Dr. Cummings teaches the following courses: Developing Musical Concepts, Special Methods in Music, Foundations of Music Education, Instrumental Literature, Symphonic Band, Humboldt Symphony, Studio Clarinet, and Woodwind Chamber Music. Dr. Cummings’ outside interests include hiking on the beautiful trails of the north coast and travel.


Shannon Morago: Science

Professional Background/Interests
My professional background includes teaching math and science at the high school level, including developing culturally specific curricula as well as developing a successful two year college-preparatory science program aimed at under-served students.  I also worked as a coach and mentor to
elementary teachers with the goal of improving science content knowledge as well as teaching using an interdisciplinary approach.  Other professional work includes science teacher recruitment and retention as well as advising future science teachers.


Factors Affecting Science Undergraduates Choice of Teaching as a Career: A Redwood Science Project Preliminary Report

Courses Taught:
SED 715
SED 740
SED 753
EED 723


Gayle Olson-Raymer, Ph.D: Social Science

Gayle Olson Raymer

Educational background:

Ph.D., August 1981, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), Department of History.  Degree in American History with specialization in American urban history and the history of the American criminal justice system.

Professional background:

Adjunct Professor, HSU, Department of Education (1993 - present).  Teaches Social Science Methods to student teachers in the secondary education credential program and supervises student teachers in middle and secondary schools throughout Humboldt County.

Adjunct Professor, Humboldt State University, Department of History  (1994 - present).  Teaches general education courses in U.S. History, as well as upper division courses on the History of Terrorism, the History of the Middle East, and Historical Concepts (for students planning to enter the teaching profession).

Professor, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Program, Arcata and Eureka High Schools (2004 - 2007).  Teaches topical issues related to U.S. domestic and foreign policy to students in high-school based Gilder Lehrman seminars.

Professor, Texas Woman's University, Law Enforcement Management Institute (1996 - 2003).  Taught seminars to Texas law enforcers on historical and contemporary dimensions of domestic terrorism and political extremism.

Lecturer, University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of History (Fall 1987 - Spring 1989).  Taught upper division courses dealing with the history of international and domestic terrorism.

Lecturer, California State University at Sacramento, Criminal Justice Division (Spring 1983 - Spring 1986).  Taught graduate seminars and upper division courses on international and domestic terrorism.

Teacher, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento, CA (September 1971 - June 1976).  Taught junior and senior high school courses in History, English, and Political Science. Taught in alternative “School of Changes" from January 1975 - June 1976.  Served as School of Changes Principal from September 1975 to June 1976.

Other Professional Interests:  Consulting in eight Teaching American History grants across the nation.

Co-Evaluator, Orlando, Florida Teaching American History Grant (2008-present).  Evaluates the success of the three-year grant via a wide array of teacher, student, and partner participant surveys and on-site visitations.

Evaluator, State of Jefferson Teaching American History Grant (2007-present).  Evaluates the success of the three-year grant via a wide array of teacher, student, and partner participant surveys and on-site visitations.

Evaluator, California-Oregon Teaching American History Grant (2006 - present).  Evaluates the success of the three-year grant via a wide array of teacher, student, and partner participant surveys and on-site visitations.

Co-Evaluator, Jefferson County Teaching American History Grant, Birmingham, Alabama  (2006 – present).  Evaluates success of the three-year grant via a wide array of teacher, student, and partner participant surveys and on-site visitations.

Peer Reviewer, US Department of Education, Teaching American History Grants (2004 and 2006). Reviewed grant applications for the third round of Teaching American History Grants and made recommendations to the Department of Education.

Professor, Teaching American History (TAH) Program, Northern Humboldt Unified School District (2002 – present). Co-writes grants, designs academic curriculum, and teaches local K-12 teachers in four separate grants.  Taught colloquia and American History workshops and observed participating teachers in their classroom settings for the 70 participating primary and secondary educators in the first two grants.   Advised 42 teachers throughout their M.A. work, and read and approved their M.A. theses.  Directed academic study and taught workshops for the 150 teachers involved in the third and fourth grants.

Selected Publications

Olson-Raymer, Gayle.  Instructor’s Manual for Alan Brinkley’s “American History: A Survey.”  NY: McGraw-Hill.  2006.

Olson-Raymer, Gayle.  Teaching with “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.  NY: Seven Stories Press, 2005.

Olson-Raymer, Gayle (ed.). "Confronting Terrorism in the Post-September 11th World: An Interdisciplinary Academic Discussion."  Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 27,2  (Summer 2003):1-14.

Vohryzek-Bolden, Miki, Gayle Olson-Raymer, and Jeff Whamond. Domestic Terrorism and Incident Management.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas: 2001.

Olson-Raymer, Gayle. Terrorism: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective.   New York, NY: American Heritage Publishing, 1996.

Olson-Raymer, Gayle. "The American System of Juvenile Justice."  In Albert G. Hess and Priscilla F. Clement (eds.)  History of Juvenile Delinquency, Volume 2. Aalen, Germany: Scientia Verlag Publishers, 1993:491-531.

Outside interests:  

When I am not teaching at HSU or working with TAH teachers throughout the country, I spend a lot of time traveling to historical places and other exciting destinations.  On the weekends, I am busy in my huge organic garden and in my mosaic workshop.  Mostly, I spend as much time as possible with my two adult children.


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