Dr. Raphael Heaggans
Associate Professor of Education
- 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
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).
Skilled educator and excellent communicator with a strong, decisive, and established teaching style. Extensive training and experience in education, coupled with skills in observation, supervision, accreditation, forging sustainable relationships with parents, students, and faculty, and culturally proficient teaching and leadership
- 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 and Human Resources
- 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.
Professional Licenses: State of Massachusetts
- Principal/Assistant Administrative Certification, PreK-6, 2014
- Principal/Assistant Administrative Certification, 5-8, 2014
- Principal/Assistant Administrative Certification, 9-12, 2014
- English, 5-8, 2014
- English, 8-12, 2014
Professional Licenses: State of New York
- School District Leader Certification, 2008 (Superintendent)
- School Building Leader Certification, 2008 (PreK-12)
- Teacher Certification, 2008 (English/language arts: 7-12)
- 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
Professional Licenses: State of West Virginia
- Teacher Certification, 2002, (English/language arts: 5-12)
- School Administration, 2005 (PreK-12)
ADMINISTRATIVE AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor of Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education
Niagara University, NY, (Tenured) 2005 - present
- Instrumental in designing and implementing a school improvement model within the district, resulting in a 50% reduction in school suspensions within a high poverty urban school district
- Facilitate workshops with public school teachers on multicultural education and culturally relevant teaching strategies
- Co-chaired the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) committee to assist colleagues to align course content, assessments, and rubrics with NCATE standards
- Research current issues in adolescent and secondary education and submit manuscripts of the research for publication consideration
- Engage undergraduate and graduate students in current educational concepts, news, strategies, theories, and methodologies
Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education
Worcester State University, MA, 2014 – present
- Engage graduate students in educational research and assist them in preparing their research for publication consideration
- Attend departmental and committee meetings
- Assess students’ research progress
School Building & School District Leader Intern
Niagara Falls, NY, 2007-2008
- Observed and co-evaluated teachers according to State performance standards
- Provided leadership for students in relation to conflict mediation
- Participated in school meetings
- Supervised school functions
- Worked with the community to establish additional partnerships
- Provided leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive curriculum and instructional program related to literacy and the humanities (with the Director of Literacy and Humanities)
- Coordinated the planning, development, and execution of the fiscal budget (with the Budget Director)
Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs
Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 2003 – 2005
- Participated in the development and the implementation of a strategic plan for the College
- Managed the budget for the Office of Multicultural Affairs with the assistance of an administrative assistant
- Served as Affirmative Action Officer for the College and New River Community and Technical College, its sister institution
- Advised the International Student Organization
- Oversaw all hiring committees to ensure that all applicants are given careful consideration regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, religion, and others
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2002
- Observed the teaching practices of five student-teachers in a language arts/English classroom setting
- Facilitated discussions with student-teachers related to teaching strategies, strengths, and needs of improvement
- Analyzed student teachers’ lesson plans and provided feedback
Fairmont High School, Fairmont, WV, 2001 — 2002
- Collaborated with host teacher on planning literature lessons, assignments, and assessments for 11th and 12th grade students
- Provided instruction utilizing a variety of teaching strategies
- Attended team meetings to discuss making literature applicable to students’ reality
- Developed multicultural lesson plans
Graduate Teaching Assistant
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2000 — 2002
- Lectured and engaged undergraduate students in an introductory education course
- Complied and disseminated materials related to multicultural education
- Served as co-advisor to assist students with course selection
Instructor of English
Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1998 – 2000
- Instructed and engaged undergraduate students in concepts, principles, and strategies for writing compositions
- Engaged students in reading, researching, and writing on or about
critical theory, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century British, American, and Black literature
- Served on writing committees and advised undergraduate students
Language Arts Teacher
Troutman Middle School, Troutman, NC, 1996 – 1998
- Engaged 7th and 8th grade students in reading and writing instruction
- Designed and implemented teaching strategies to prepare students to earn acceptable scores on year-end proficiency tests
- Created fair and consistent behavior management plans, placing responsibility for appropriate behavior on students. Worked directly with students, parents, and staff to assist in solving student issues, arranged for counseling, and followed district discipline protocols
- Assisted seventh grade students with understanding how to complete homework assignments related to the integrated language arts curriculum: spelling, writing, listening, speaking, and reading.
Small Beginnings Preschool, Statesville, NC 1994 – 1996
- Served as a member of child study team, responsible for working with other teachers on the development of intervention programs for children
- Engaged 3 and 4 year old children in concepts related to manners, cleanliness, counting, alphabets, and songs based upon an early childhood curriculum.
COURSES DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT
- Organization and Management of a Literature Class, 2015
- Research in Education, 2015
- Developing ESL Literacy, 2014
- Methods of Teaching Business Education, 2012
- Classroom Motivation and Management, 2011-2012
- African-American Literature, 2011-2013
- Methods in Teaching Secondary English, 2011-2012
- Professional Seminar 2008-2012
- Study Abroad Netherlands 2006-2010
- Introduction to Research and Statistics, 2006
- Multicultural Literacy, 2006
- Foundations of Education, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Secondary Methods in Education, 2006, 2014
- Human Development, 2006-2014
- Cultural Foundations in Education, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013
- Multicultural Education, 2005-2010
- 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
- Heaggans, R. C. (2009). The 21st Century hip-hop minstrel show: Are we continuing the blackface tradition. University Readers Press.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2014). Dancing to the beat of a different drum: Getting administrators, teachers, and parents hip to students’ academic dance moves. China-US Education Journal, 1(1)
- Heaggans, R. C. (2014). Impaling the monocultural windshield: Multicultural education in all things curricular. Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 38(1), 71-80.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2012). The 60’s are the new 20’s: Teaching older adults technology. SRATE Journal, 21(2), 1-8.
- 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.
- Heaggans, R. C. & Polka, W. (2012: Reprinted). The Diversity merry-go-around: Planning and working in concert to establish a culture of acceptance and respect in the university. Annual Editions: Multicultural Education. 16th edition. 121-130. Reprinted from The Journal of the International Society for Educational Planning, 18 (2), 22-34.
- Heaggans, R. C. (in press). Oh how I love slavery, let me count the ways: Hip-hop sold to da massah in the Obama age. In E. Nelson and T. Gosa’s Remixing Change: Hip Hop & Obama, A Critical Reader.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2005). Unpacking charter schools: A Knapsack of goodies filled with a few broken promises. Education, 126(3), 431-436.
- 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).
- Sheeran, T. J., Rinaldo, V. J., Smith, R. and Heaggans, R. (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.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2010). National Council for Teaching Mathematics report for National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education review. Niagara University.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2014). National Council of Teachers of English report for National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education review. Niagara University.
- Niagara University Representative at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). College of Holy Cross. Worcester, MA. June 2008.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2014, February). How to make a dollar out of fifteen cents: Dismantling myths about poverty through enhancing curriculum. Association of Teacher Educators. St. Louis, MO.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2013, October). Poverty as a billion-dollar business: Teaching anti-poverty strategies in the classroom. The International Society of Educational Planning. Niagara Falls, NY.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2013, June). Moving to where difference no longer makes a difference: Creating a comfortable class atmosphere to discuss race. Untested Ideas International Conference. Niagara Falls, NY.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2011, January). The Little No Child Left Behind Engine that Couldn't: Using a Street Curriculum in the Urban Classroom to Address Poverty.
The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americans and the Caribbean. New York, NY.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2010, August). Students who suffer from post-traumatic slave syndrome: Unconscious hip-hop and the commercialization of slavery. Association of Teacher Educators. Kansas City, MO.
- Polka, W., Heaggans, R. C. (2010, February). The challenges and opportunities of educating teachers about multicultural issues: Using the reflective diversity inventory as a catalyst for interaction. World Federation Association of Teacher Educators. Chicago, IL.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2010, February). Stereotypic images within some hip-hop music: Teaching students media literacy. Association of Teacher Educators. Chicago, IL.
- Heaggans, R. C., Polka, W. (2010 and 2012, February). Beyond the Rap: Stimulating Diversity Dialogs for Real Understanding and Respect. Association of Teacher Educators. Chicago, IL and San Antonio, TX.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2010, January). Driving racial biases out of the classroom: Learning about ourselves through others who are racially different. International Conference on Teaching and Learning. Niagara University, NY.
- Vaught, S., Heaggans, R. C., Williams, Z. (2009, September). Will the real brotha please stand up?: In search of authentic Black masculinity in popular culture, policy, and contemporary history. Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Cincinnati, OH.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2009, August). The 21st century hip-hop minstrel show: Are we continuing the blackface tradition? Association of Teacher Educators. Reno, NV.
- Heaggans, R. C., Polka, W. (2009, August). No Longer a Dream: Diversity as Our Destination and Reality. Association of Teacher Educators. Reno, NV.
- Heaggans, R. C., Polka, W. (2009, February). Teacher educators and diverse learners: Bridging the contemporary cultural disconnect to educate the whole student. Association of Teacher Educators. Dallas, TX.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2008, April). What you see isn’t always what you get: Getting to the root of the suspending of ethnic minorities. New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Polka, W., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, October). Teacher educators and diverse learners: Bridging the cultural disconnect. International Society for Educational Planning. Minneapolis: Minnesota.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, April). Attitudinal change and the development of dispositions to teach. American Educational Research Association. Chicago: Illinois.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, April). Constructivism and music education. American Educational Research Association. Chicago: Illinois.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, February). Defining and measuring teacher candidate dispositions toward teaching: Preliminary findings of a three-year study. American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. New York: New York.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, February). Electronic portfolios: Creation, collection, and analysis as a means of improving program. American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. New York: New York.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M., Heaggans, R. C. (2007, February). Relationships among state certification examinations and graduate student academic achievement. American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. New York: New York.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2007, January). Bringing taboo out of the closet: Desensitizing race discussions in the classroom. International Conference on Teaching and Learning. Niagara University, NY.
- Heaggans, R. C., Hamza, H., Sze, S., Chiuye, G., Valentin, S., and Dorliae, A. (2006, October). Perspectives on moving forward a culturally responsive practice. National Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Farmington: Connecticut.
- Rinaldo, V., Sheeran, T., Smith, M. and Heaggans, R. C. (2006, April). Active learning and teaching general music. American Educational Research Association. San Francisco: California.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2006, January). A personal approach to multicultural education in the rural school: Teachers’ pedagogical perspectives. International Conference on Teaching and Learning. Niagara University, NY.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2003, November). Multicultural Education versus Hip-Hop music. Paper presented at the People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Conference Privilege. Lincoln, NE.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2003, November). Multicultural Education versus Hip-Hop music: Starring racism, classism, and misogyny. Paper presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Seattle, WA.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2003, September). Pursuing a doctorate degree: Factors to consider. Participated as a panelist at the Third Annual Doctoral Colloquium at West Virginia University. Morgantown, WV.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2003, April). Increasing the number of African-Americans in the professoriate: Student perspectives on an emerging model. Paper presented at the State of the African-American Professoriate Conference: Challenges and Responsibilities Conference at Ramapo College. Mahwah, NJ.
- Heaggans, R. C., Malik, K (2003, April). Multicultural Education and Hip-Hop music: A Descent into racism, misogyny, and sexism. Paper presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference. Pella, IA.
- Heaggans, R. C. (2003, January). Multicultural Education through the looking glass: Portraits of teachers in action. Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Heaggans, R. C., Malik, K (2002, October). Race and racism: The Politics of images and music in the Hip-Hop genre. Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium on Race and Racism in Literature and Film. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
- Heaggans, R. C. (1996, December). A Marxist look at the poetry of Lucille Clifton. Third Annual English Conference: Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.
SELECTED RADIO/TELEVISION INTERVIEWS
- On time and in control. A.C.E. Graduates. Air date: September 24, 2009. Guests: Dr. Raphael Heaggans, Dr. Stephen Jones. http://blogtalkradio.com/ace-graduates.
- Education and diversity. Niagara County Community College Division of Arts and Media. Air date: July 27-August 9. Guest: Walter Polka and Raphael Heaggans. Target Success #292. Interview by Jerry Wolfgang.
- Tuned in to issues in music today. The Buffalo News. Sunday, June 28, 2009. NC2. Interview by Louise Continelli.
- A critical analysis of hip-hop music. CHRY 105.5. York University. Toronto, ON. March 27, 2009. Interview by Richard Anthony.
- NU professor discusses his new book: The 21st century hip-hop minstrel show. Interview by Jason Mollica, Niagara University Communications. March 24, 2009.
- Niagara University TV Commercial. August 2008. Aired throughout the United States and Canada. Spotlight on me teaching Multicultural Education to graduate students. Department of Education. 30 seconds.
- Freshman Class Advisor (2013)
- Sabbatical Review Committee (2013-present)
- Senate Curriculum Committee (2013-present)
- Promotion and Tenure Committee (2013-present)
- Conduct Council Committee (2011-present)
- Niagara University Beginnings Committee (2011-present)
- Research Council (2007-2009)
- Niagara University Commercial showcasing the College of Teacher Education (2008)
- General Education Committee (2012-2013)
- Carol Roger’s Dissertation Committee (2014): The impact of professional development on parent engagement in the early childhood center. Dr. Corey Bower, Chair; Dr. Mary Ellen Bardsley, Committee Member.
- Sushma Marwaha’s Dissertation Committee (2014): Examining the skillset of culturally proficient school leadership from an international perspective: A mixed methods approach using critical race theory and multidimensional analysis. Dr. Walter Polka, Chair; Dr. Vincent Rinaldo, Dr. Jinyan Huang, Committee Members.
- Faculty Development (2013)
- Curriculum and Assessment Chairperson (2011-2013)
- Field Experience Committee (2010)
- Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Advisory Board Member (2008-2010)
- Faculty reviewer for Education Scholarship (2008)
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Cluster (2007)
- Diversity Committee (2005-2007)
- Generalist Committee (2005-2007)
- Secondary Coordinator (2007-2010)
- Honors Thesis Chairperson: Emily Kalinowski (2008): The Effects of Concept Mapping in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Advisor (2005-present)
- Study-Abroad Coordinator (2006-2010)
- Bias Review Committee New York State Education Department (2013-present)
- National Alliance of Faith and Justice Consultant (2010-present)
- National Council for Teachers of English reviewer (2010-present)
- Diversity Committee of the Association of Teacher Educators (2011-present)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board (2011-present)
- School Board Member: Seven Hills Charter School, Worcester, MA (2014)
- Diversity Survey Developer with Walter Polka (2010)
- School Quality Council. Niagara Street Middle School (2008-2009)
- Step II Officer Niagara Falls Housing Authority (2008-2010)
- Teacher Quality Education Consultant (2007-2008)
- Consultant for Lasalle and Gaskill Middle Schools (2005-2006)
- AERA Reviewer (2005)
- Editorial Board Member of Africalogical Perspectives (2005)
- $1000 from the Committee on College Teaching and Learning (CCTL). Niagara University. Spring 2011.
- $5200 from the Research Council. Niagara University. Summer 2010.
- $1000 from the Committee on College Teaching and Learning (CCTL). Niagara University. Spring 2009.
- $1500 awarded to The President’s Office of Multicultural Affairs from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. August 2003.
- $3000 awarded to The President’s Office of Multicultural Affairs from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. August 2003.
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History
- Alpha Phi Alpha Greek Fraternity
- Kappa Delta Pi
- National Association for Multicultural Education
- New York State Association for Teacher Education (NYSATE)