Dr. Boettcher to Speak at Featured Faculty Series

Written by: Ashley Green (cehdcomm@tamu.edu)
Post date: November 09, 2015

Dr. Cynthia Boettcher will be one of three faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development to speak at the inaugural Featured Faculty Series on November 23rd.  She will speak on her time at Texas A&M and the impact she has made in higher education.

Dr. Boettcher, now a clinical professor of reading education, graduated from Texas A&M with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in December 1998.  After graduation, she was asked to teach reading classes.  In 2001, she was asked to take over the academic advising office and continue teaching until she became a clinical assistant professor, later becoming a full clinical professor.

During her time at Texas A&M, Dr. Boettcher has helped build the Lohman Learning Community, which started in 2002.  She takes incoming freshmen and has them for a full year in two classes.  Dr. Boettcher considers herself a big part of those students’ support system, hosting several social events, offering tutoring and helping students with basic life-skills training.

“The learning community is the thing that I have really, truly loved with every fiber in me,” said Dr. Boettcher.  “I’ve bought senior rings and senior boots because they don’t have the money to pay for it, but I love that.  I love being able to give back to the university.”

Many of Dr. Boettcher’s Lohman Learning Community students have traveled with her abroad over the years.  Every year since 2006, Dr. Boettcher has taken students abroad to study and work in International Baccalaureate schools.  Dr. Boettcher highlights trips to China to teach English to Chinese students there and says there have been student teachers in numerous countries including England, Switzerland and Wales that she has helped supervise.

“I feel like one of my impacts is opening the world to students here at A&M and helping to change their biases and conceptions about other people,” said Dr. Boettcher.  “We are raised here to have these biases about other countries and yet when you visit there and you see the people you realize the people are all the same as us.”

Dr. Boettcher recently completed the application for Texas A&M to become the first Research I Institution that certifies and offers the International Baccalaureate option.  The program would allow EC-6 Certification students in the College of Education and Human Development to be certified to teach International Baccalaureate programs.  After the application is reviewed, staff from the International Baccalaureate Global Centre will visit Texas A&M to evaluate the program, then faculty will be trained and before training students.

When it comes to the future of Texas A&M, Dr. Boettcher hopes to help make graduates more marketable.  “I hope that we will expose our students to more internationalism and globalism and certify them so that they can teach,” said Dr. Boettcher.  “That really is my goal, to just make sure we produce a lot of great teachers and have them exposed to the world and more than just Texas and their local surroundings.”