Doctoral Student Spotlights

Desiree Friedmann

Educational Theatre

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I would have the opportunity to combine my passions for the arts with teaching and learning while studying under leading innovators in the field of the educational theatre both in the US and abroad. This is the only program in the world that offers this kind of learning opportunity!
My academic passion is:
My academic passion lies in what it means to be a teacher and teacher educator.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
In 10 years from now, I imagine myself teaching classroom management and arts integration to teachers and teacher educators, along with publishing practical books on those topics.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
I love exploring all the different neighborhoods in New York City. It is incredible the amount of cultural experiences available in such close proximity to NYU.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
I really enjoy going to the Teaspot on MacDougal. The selection of tea is incredible and the free wi-fi is a definite plus. I treasure the many hours I've spent typing papers, having phenomenal discussions with fellow doctoral students.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
The focus of my research is classroom management, an area that is often cited as one of the main reasons teachers leave the field.
I'm interested in this topic because:
As a teacher and teacher educator, I want to tackle classroom management, break it down, and help teachers learn management skills explicitly as part of their teacher education programs and continuing professional development.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Classroom management has been a topic that kept surfacing in classroom discussion and in field supervisions. Sandee McClowry offered a course on temperament based classroom management. This further piqued my interest.
Research or scholar I most admire:
Sir Ken Robinson, Jessica Hoffmann Davis, David Perkins, and Jonathan Zimmerman have had a profound impact on my teaching and understanding of what it takes to be a researcher, an educator, and most importantly a critical thinker.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
I was born in South Africa and raised mostly in Europe before coming to the United States for college. My international experiences and viewpoints have only made me appreciate my education deeply.
Career Goals:
Once I receive my PhD, I hope to continue to inspire students to learn, to find their passions, and to achieve their dreams.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
I was fortunate to teach at NYU for three years as part of my doctoral studies, while also performing administrative duties and supervising student teachers. This was a tremendous gift and incredible learning experience. I was honored to receive the NYU Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.