Charisse Cowan Pitre, PhD

PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of North Texas
MA, Curriculum & Instruction, Seattle University
BA, English, University of Washington

Professor, Teacher Education (MIT)
Chair, Teaching, Learning and Social Justice Department (EDAD, ENES, MIT/TEED, SPED, SPSY)
Director, Middle College Partnership

Phone: (206) 296-5773

Building/Room: Loyola 315

Research and Teaching Interests

Her research interests include educational opportunity programs, teacher development, and equity education related to issues of college preparation and readiness among P-12 students from underrepresented groups. She has presented at national and international education conferences and has published articles in each of these areas. Her current research focuses on the development of social justice teacher leaders. 


Dr. Cowan Pitre researches sociocultural and schooling factors related to the educational achievement of students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. A former K-12 classroom teacher, she taught middle school language arts in Washington, California, and Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas. Before joining the Seattle University community as a faculty member in the Master in Teaching Program, she was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.