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    PATRICIA SCULLY - Biography  
Ph.D. - University of Maryland, College Park (1997)
Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Associate Professor, Department of Education
1000 Hilltop Circle,
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: 410-455-2307
Fax: 410-455-3986

Dr. Pat Scully has been an early childhood educator for more than 35 years. Over the course of her career, she has been a classroom teacher of children from 2-12 years old, directed a child care center, and established a training and professional development institute for teachers working in a variety of early childhood settings. Before coming to UMBC in 1991, Dr. Scully was an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education and serves as the coordinator of the Early Childhood Program.

Dr. Scully received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Maryland College Park in 1997. Her current research focuses on the experiences of student teaching interns in the Professional Development School and how these experiences have contributed to their subsequent teaching performance. She is also collaborating with a teacher on a book focused on how rituals and traditions help build classroom community. Dr. Scully is a co-author of the textbook, Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children, 5th Edition. Her other publications focus on early childhood curriculum, teacher and child stress, and inquiry approaches to teacher education.

Dr. Scully teaches courses in literacy development and curriculum in the Early Childhood Education Program. She advises prospective and current students in the program and supervises teacher candidates in field placements and internships.


Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Curriculum and Instruction
M.A.   Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, Early Childhood Education
B.S.   Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ, Elementary Education


Barbour, C., Barbour, N., & Scully, P. Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children, 5th Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall (2011).

Scully, P., Barbour, N., & Seefeldt, C. Developmental Continuity across Preschool and Primary Grades, 2nd Ed. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International (2003).

Scully, P., & Howell, J. Using Rituals and Traditions to create Classroom Community for Children, Teachers, and Parents. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36, 261-266, 2008.


Helping Infants and Toddlers Reduce Stress. TOP: Tips on Parenting, 5(2), 1-2, 2003.

Time Out from Tension: Teaching Young Children How to Relax. The Journal of Early Education and Family Review, 10(4), 22-29, 2003.

Scully, P., & Roberts, H., Phonics, Expository Writing, and Reading Aloud: Playful Literacy in the Primary Grades. Early Childhood Education Journal, 30(2), 93-99, 2002.

Scully, P., & Rivkin, M. "Greening" Early Childhood Teacher Education. Proceedings of the North American Association for Environmental Education, USA, 29, 2000.

Scully, P., Howell, J., & Scullen, L., From a Bean Cake to a Classroom Kingdom: An Idea Becomes a Topic. Young Children, 55(3), 28-35, 2000.