Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Office: Peterson 406
Education: BS, Northern Illinois University, 1999; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2007; PhD, University of Washington, 2016
Grace Inae Blum joins the School of Education at SPU as an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction-ELL/Bilingual Education. Her experiences as a daughter of first-generation Korean immigrants, mother to two school-aged, biracial children, and former P-12/ Adult Literacy educator greatly inform her commitments toward culturally sustaining teaching, scholarship, and service.
Dr. Blum has worked in a variety of educational settings. Prior to her work as a teacher educator, she was an elementary school teacher having worked in both bilingual and mainstream classrooms in public schools in the greater Chicagoland and Los Angeles areas. She has also worked as an adult literacy/ESL educator both in immigrant communities in the US and in northern Iraq. Most recently, Dr. Blum was an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/ Elementary/ TESL-Bilingual Education at Central Washington University.
Her current research interests include humanizing teacher education, teacher preparation for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms and the recruitment/retention of BIPOC educators.