Kathy Nitta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, & Director of Secondary Education, UG, and MIT

I have been working at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education as a lecturer for the last 7 years. In 2018, I received a tenure-track faculty position. I desire to continue working to prepare teachers to be transformative educational...

Kathy Nitta

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.A., Educational Administration, Gonzaga University

B.A., Biology, Gonzaga University

Courses Taught

EDTE 304: Science Concepts

EDTE 401: Elementary Methods: Mathematics

EDTE 404: Elementary Methods: Science

EDTE 454: Secondary Methods: Mathematics

EDTE 509: Mathematics Methods

EDTE 510: Science Methods

EDTE 554: Secondary Methods Mathematics


I have been working at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education as a lecturer for the last 7 years. In 2018, I received a tenure-track faculty position. I desire to continue working to prepare teachers to be transformative educational leaders in K-12 schools and communities. I hope to share my expertise in research-based pedagogies in teacher education, which support preservice teachers in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to teach in ways that provide access and equity to rigorous learning for all students. I always wanted to be a teacher. My family would attest to this as I would often play school, making my younger siblings be my students. I fulfilled my dream and taught in K–12 schools for 28 years, before coming to Gonzaga! I now have the great blessing of supporting future professionals fulfill their goal of teaching in K–12 classrooms.

Nitta, K. (2018, February). Exploring Pedagogies of Practice: The Development of Preservice Teachers’ Capacity to Enact Mathematical Teaching Practices. Research presented at Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference, Houston, TX. 

Premo, J., Cavagnetto, A., Nitta, K. (2017, April). Social Structuring of Learning Tasks to Promote Whole-Class Cooperative Behavior. Paper presented at American Education Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Nitta, K. (2016, November). Teaching the Nature of Science and Field Investigations in an Elementary Science Methods Course: Explicitly Connected. Poster presented at the Portland Far West and Northwest Association of Science Teacher Education session, Portland, OR.

Case, A., Nitta, K. (2016, February). Intensive Field Experiences as Living Curriculum: Uncovering Hope in “Tough Classrooms”. Paper presented at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Nitta, K. (2015, October). APPlying Technology: Supporting Preservice Teachers’ Integration of Digital Tools in Elementary Science Lessons. Paper presented at Technology-Enhanced Curricula in Higher Education Conference, Pullman, WA.

Cox, J., Nitta, K., Salina, C. (2015, June). Higher Education: Changing Roles in Reform. Paper presented at Northwest Association of Teacher Educators Conference (NWATE), Pullman, WA.

Nitta, K. (2014, October). Engineering Design Challenges in the Elementary Classroom. Presentation at the Washington State Science Teachers Conference (WSTA), Spokane, WA.