Ginny Birky, PhD

Ginny BirkyProfessor, Doctor of Education Program
Doctor of Education Program Chair

Telephone: 503-554-2854
Email: gbirky@georgefox.edu 


Ginny Birky came to George Fox University in 2000 and in 2010 joined the EdD (Doctor of Education) faculty in 2010 where she currently serves as department chair.  She previously taught MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) students as well as those seeking master’s degrees and/or an administrative license in education.  For six of those years, she was director and co-chair of the MAT department.

Education

PhD, Oregon State University
MS, Ohio State University
BS, Goshen College (IN)

Work Experience & Research Interests

Prior to George Fox, Ginny taught at the secondary level in Jamaica, Ohio, Colorado and Oregon. She also taught for three years at Oregon State University. Her research interests include high school reform, teacher leadership, and co-teaching/school-university partnerships.

Publications & Presentations

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2015). Innovative school-university partnerships: Co-teaching in secondary settings. Issues in Teacher Education, 24(2), 119-132.

Birky, G. (2015). Faith, learning, and success: What’s working in Mennonite high schools? Seven documents created for Mennonite Education Agency and each of seven Mennonite high schools. Published as desired by each school -- on school websites, used for Board and faculty decision-making, and shared with alumni. (i.e., bethanycs.net/15birky-project)

Birky, G. (2014, February). Teaching strategies that encourage student collaboration.  Presented at the annual Mennonite Educators Conference, Washington, D.C.

Birky, G. (2014, February). Faithful education.  Presented at the annual Mennonite Educators Conference, Washington, D.C.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013, May). Creating mutually beneficial university – school partnerships for teacher education: A unique co-teaching model with professional development.  Presented at the annual conference of Northwest Association of Teacher Educators, Pullman, WA.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013, May).  A co-teaching partnership with professional development: A winning combination! Presented at the International Christian Community for Teacher Education, Newberg, OR.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013, February). Re-envisioning clinical practice through partnerships:  How co-teaching, co-researching, and co-educating can create a mutually beneficial partnership.  Presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Orlando, FL.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013, February). Co-teaching partnerships with professional development: A unique model of clinical practice for teacher education.  Presented at the annual conference of Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Portland, OR.

Birky, G. (2012). Joy. In A. Dee & G. Tiffin (Eds.), Faithful education: Themes and values for teaching, learning, and leading. (pp. 19-42).  Eugene (OR): Wipf and Stock.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2012, April). Teacher leadership: What do principals and teachers perceive about roles, characteristics, and qualities? Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Education Research Association, Vancouver, B.C. 

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2012, April). Innovative partnerships in teacher preparation programs: Re-thinking the clinical practice model for school improvement. Presented at the annual meeting of International Network on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, Vancouver, B.C.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2012, January). The perceptions of principals and teachers related to teacher leadership: Roles, characteristics, and qualities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Salem, OR. 

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2011). Revisiting teacher leadership: Perceptions of teachers and principals.  Northwest Passages: Journal of Educational Practices, 9(2), 35-46.

Birky, G. (2011, April). Successful Models of High School Reform: Implications for Educators of Secondary Teachers and Administrators. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Northwest Association of Teacher Educators, Lacey, WA.

Harrison, S., & Birky, G. (2011, April). Revisiting Teacher Leadership: Differences in Educator Perceptions.  Paper co-presented at the annual meeting of Northwest Association of Teacher Educators, Lacey, WA.

Birky, G. (2010, April). Models of Successful High School Reform: Implications for Practitioners in Secondary Education and Professors of Educational Leadership. Paper presented at National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Phoenix, AZ.

Birky, G. (2009).  Spotlight on Success: What’s working in Oregon high schools? Ten documents posted on Oregon Department of Education website:http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1696

Birky, G. (2009, April). Creating a sense of community in Oregon high schools: Practices for success. Presented at Oregon Association of Career and Technical Education, Salishan, OR.

Birky, G. (2009, April). Creating a sense of community in high schools: Successful models that work.  Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. 

Birky, G. (2009, February). Spotlight on success: What works in Oregon high schools. Presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Portland, OR.

Shelton, M., Birky, V. D., & Headley, W. S. (2008). Encouraging teacher leaders. In W. K. Hoy & M. DiPaola (Eds.), Improving schools: Studies in leadership and culture: Vol. 7. Research and theory in educational leadership (7th ed., pp. 169-191). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Birky, G. (2008, April). Building pathways to student success: Stories of high school reform that inspire educators to embrace and initiate effective change.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education, Sun River, OR.

Birky, G. (2008, March). Teacher education and high school reform: Stories that inspire future teachers to embrace, promote, and initiate change. Paper presented at American Education Research Association, New York, NY.

Birky, G. (2008, March). High school reform: Powerful stories that inspire educators to embrace, promote, and initiate effective change.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association for Teacher Educators, Salem, OR. 

Birky, V., & Shelton, M. (2007, April). Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. 

Shelton, M., Birky, G., & Headley, W. S. (2007, April).  Encouraging teachers to be leaders.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Shelton, M., & Birky, V. (2007, February). An administrator’s challenge: Encouraging teachers to be leaders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association of Secondary School Principals, Las Vegas, NV. 

Birky, V.D., Shelton, M., & Headley, W.S. (2006).  An administrator's challenge: Encouraging teachers to be Leaders.  NASSP Bulletin 90(2), 87-101.  (NASSP Bulletin is a journal of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.)

Headley, W. S., Shelton, M. and Birky, G. (2004). “Site Councils in Oregon High Schools 2004 Council Chairs’ Views: A Preliminary Report.”  Presented to the Oregon Department of Education.

Birky, G. & Ward, C. (2003).  Perspectives of teacher leaders in an educational reform environment: Finding meaning in their involvement.  Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly (2)1, 9-22.

Carr, K. & Birky, G. (2003).  High talkers, low talkers, and internet message boards.  In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of EDMEDIA 2003, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, June 28-23, 2003, Honolulu, HI, 1818-1821.

Birky, V. (2001).  Doctoral Dissertation: Perspectives of teacher leaders in an educational reform environment: Finding meaning in their involvement.  Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Courses Taught

Ginny teaches doctoral courses related to ethical perspectives for leaders in educational environments, leadership for equity and social justice, effective mentoring, and bibliographic research.  She formerly taught courses related to high school reform, adolescent development, and learning theory.

Outside the Classroom

Ginny grew up in Indiana and is married to Karl, a civil engineer with a specialty in traffic engineering. Together they enjoy hiking high mountains, gardening, and having company for meals.