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Liberal Studies

Robin Spruce, PhD


New to the USD faculty Fall 2013 semester, Robin Spruce is interested in the intersection of reading, writing, and teaching. She is a firm believer in the role the Humanities play in the intellectual development of young people. Born and raised in San Diego, Robin is happy to be back on the "correct" coast after a number of years in the East.


BA - Connecticut College MEd - University of San Diego MA - Catholic University PhD - Old Dominion University

Scholarly and Creative Work

Robin's research has focused on two areas. One is classroom community in online and face-to-face environments and how that community impacts student cognition. The second is educator practice of metacognition and self-regulated learning.

Teaching Interests

Robin is interested in facilitating future educators growth as writers and thinkers with the hope they will be armed to lead their students in similar pursuits. In addition, she believes a strong foundation in understanding educational research - how to read it and conduct it - is imperative for prospective teachers.