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About Us: Faculty

Deb BuursmaDebra Buursma,
Associate Professor
(616) 526-6231
395 Spoelhof Center

Weekly Schedule
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Educational Background

  • M.A., Western Michigan University, 1989
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005
  • Learning disabilities advisor

Research Interests

  • Developing literacy skills
  • Communicative competence
  • Higher order thinking of culturally diverse learners through Book Club discussions
  • Identity development
  • Schooling practices

Recent Publications, Presentations, and Professional Services

  • Simonson, J., Isom, D.A., Paxton-Buursma, D. (2008). The transformative power of questions: A journey from color blindness to racial awareness. In E. Horowitz (Ed.), Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: Perspectives from North America (pp. 197-212). Birmingham: Center for the Study of Sociology, Anthropology, and Politics, The Higher Education Academy Network Press.
  • Paxton-Buursma, D. (2008). “I was never not interested in learning”: Students with LD Speak. An invited research to practice presentation at CSI (Christian Schools International), South Bend, IN.