Faculty & Staff: Pam Bork
Director, Harju Center for Equity in Education
Ph.D. Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
M.S. Degree: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Early Childhood Special Education
B.S. Degree: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
- Physical Education, Dance, Coaching, Adaptive Physical Education
- Education 300 – Professional Portfolio Development
- Education 383 – Educational Assessment
- Education 385 – Teaching the Adolescent Learner
- Education 570 – Curriculum and Methods for Ages 8-11
- Education 701 – Philosophy of Education
- Education 707 – Educational Research
- Education 790 – Curriculum Leadership for K-12 Educators and Administrators
Pamela Bork is the assistant professor in the School of Education at UW-Stevens Point and the director of the Harju Center for Equity in Education. For the past five years, she was responsible for the development of the Doctorate of Education in Educational Sustainability.
Professor Bork defines educational sustainability as the unalienable right of all people to be exposed to transformative learning through an interdisciplinary, systems thinking approach that allows for authentic, relevant, and engaged learning about the ecological, economic and socio-cultural systems. Educational sustainability necessitates the investigation of our individual and collective civic responsibility to the world and is informed by dialogic conversations that are essential for social change. Educational sustainability leadership embraces Professor Bork's life-long passions for creating differentiated, relevant, and authentic learning in the classroom, and recognizes the need for a systems-based approach to create sustainable educational reform.
Professor Bork spent most of her career as a practicing middle/elementary principal in the Stevens Point and Peoria, Arizona. Her background in educational leadership inspired her to create a new leadership paradigm – educational sustainability – that integrates the teaching of the socio-cultural, economic, political, and ecological influences that prohibit our ability to create a sustainable society.
In her role as a professor in the Educational Sustainability doctorate, Professor Bork's dream is to see educational systems change to meet the need for more meaningful, dialogic conversations in the classroom and to provide curriculum that includes authentic, relevant experiences for ALL students. Professor Bork is inspired by the words of ecological educator, David Orr, "The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it" (Orr, 1991).
Given the conflict and turmoil facing out future, Professor Bork believes the next generation desperately needs to wrestle with the wicked problems of our world in order to find viable long term solutions and create a more sustainable, peaceful society.
Awards and Service
Professor Bork is a member and currently serves as an advisor for the Kappa Delta Pi student organization on campus. She also serves as the Department of Public Instruction Institute for Higher Education-Responsive to Intervention Representative for the state and is the university chair for the Common Core Standards committee. Professor Bork’s public outreach is to serve as an ambassador for UW-Stevens Point in the Adopt-a-School Partnership focused on teaching character education to school age students.