Undergraduate Faculty

Dr.  Raphael Heaggans

Dr. Raphael Heaggans

Associate Professor of Education

Phone:
716.286.8315
Office Location:
Academic Complex, Room 326A
Office Hours:
Tues 2-5 p.m., Wed 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., Thurs 3:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Bio

Dr. Raphael Heaggans is a tenured Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Niagara University who earned his doctorate in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction and Multicultural Education from West Virginia University. He is a former consultant with the Appalachian Educational Laboratory (which was part of the US Department of Education) where he engaged teachers in developing and implementing culturally relevant teaching into curriculum and lesson planning.  He is the author of several works including a book entitled The 21st Century Hip-Hop Minstrel Show: Are We Continuing the Blackface Tradition? He has facilitated workshops in several US states and parts of Canada on gang prevention strategies in the schools, media, historical, and economic literacy, anti-poverty education, attracting diversity to the workforce, among others.  Further, he is an education consultant with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (Washington, DC).

 

Focus of Teaching

Courses Developed and Taught

  • Classroom Motivation and Management, 2011
  • African-American Literature, 2011
  • Methods in Teaching Secondary English, 2011
  • Professional Seminar 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Study Abroad Netherlands 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Introduction to Research and Statistics, 2006
  • Multicultural Literacy, 2006
  • Foundations of Education, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • Secondary Methods in Education, 2006
  • Human Development, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Cultural Foundations in Education, 2005 – 2006, 2008
  • Multicultural Education, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Diversity in Education, 2005
  • Modernistic Tradition (English course), 2003 – 2005
  • Poetry and Drama, 2003
  • Introduction to Education, 2002
  • Teaching Approaches to Language Arts, 2000 – 2001   
  • World Literature, 1998 – 2000
  • Freshman Composition, 1998 – 2000

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2003.

      SUPPORT AREAS:  Multicultural Education and English Education

            DISSERTATION:     A Tolerance Initiative versus Multicultural Education:

                                              Portraits of Teachers in Action

  • Master of Business Administration, Niagara University, Niagara University, NY, 2010. Concentration: Marketing
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Niagara University, Niagara University, NY, 2008.
  • Master of Arts in English, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1997

Support Areas:  Composition, American and British Literature.

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC 1994.

Leadership Academy (for Aspiring College Administrators)

  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 2010

 

State of New York

  • New York State School District Leader Certification, 2008
  • New York State School Building Leader Certification, 2008
  • New York State Teacher Certification, 2008
  • Basic Gang Specialist Certification (New York Gang Investigators Association), 2007
  • Generating Expectations for Student Achievement (GESA) Certification (The New York State K-16 Alliance), 2007

 

State of West Virginia

  • English grades 5-12 (certified English/language arts teacher), 2002
  • School Administration K-12 (certified school administrator), 2005

Current Involvement

Publications

Book

  • Heaggans, R. C.  (2009). The 21st Century hip-hop minstrel show: Are we continuing the blackface tradition.  University Readers Press.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Heaggans, R. C. & Polka, W. (2009). The Diversity merry-go-around: Planning and working in concert to establish a culture of acceptance and respect in the university. The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 18 (2), 22-34.
  • Heaggans, R. C. & Polka, W. (2009). The Diversity merry-go-around: Planning and working in concert to establish a culture of acceptance and respect in the university. The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 18 (2), 22-34.
  • Heaggans, R. C. & Valentin, S. (2007).  Trying to make a dollar out of

fifteen cents: Funding and the rural school district. Oklahoma Association

for School Curriculum Development Journal, 14(1), 32-34. 

  • Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Vermette, P., Smith, M., and Heaggans, R. C. (2006).  Active learning:  A hybrid approach. J-Pact.  www.learner.centereded.org/jpact.
  • Heaggans, R. C. (2004). Pedagogical viewpoints on Multicultural Education:  Three teachers’ definition of diversifying curriculum.  Africalogical Perspectives, 1(1), 151-166.
  • Heaggans, R. C. (2003). When the oppressed becomes the oppressor:  Willie Lynch and the politics of race and racism in hip-hop music.”  Philological Papers, 50(1), 77-80. 

 

Book Chapter

  • Heaggans, R. C. & Polka, W. (in press). The Diversity merry-go-around: Planning and working in concert to establish a culture of acceptance and respect in the university. The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 18 (2), 22-34.

Reprinted in: Annual Editions: Multicultural Education

 

Editorial-Reviewed Article

  • Heaggans, R. C. (2005).  Unpacking charter schools:  A Knapsack of goodies filled with a few broken promises.  Education, 126(3), 431-436.

 

Book Review

  • Heaggans, R. C. (2010). The Oprah affect: Critical essays on Oprah’s book club. Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 33(4).

 

Conference Proceedings

  • Sheeran, T. J., Rinaldo, V. J., Smith, R. and Heaggans, R. C. (2007) Relationships among state certification examinations and graduate student academic achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Hilton New York, New York, NY Online <PDF>. 2009-05-24 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p142452_index.html
  • Heaggans, R. C. (2003).  Teaching tolerance and Multicultural Education:  portraits of teachers in action [Abstract].  Proceedings of the International Conference on Education, Hawaii.

 

Report Writer

  • Heaggans, R. C. (2010).  National Council for Teaching Mathematics report for National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education review.  Niagara University.