Biography

Tetyana Koshmanova is a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She obtained a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from Drohobych State Pedagogical University, Ukraine, in 1975. Her Master’s degree in education was earned at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 1985. In 1991, she was awarded a Doctorate from Dragomanov National Pedagogical University, Kiev, Ukraine, with a specialization in theory and history of Pedagogy. In 2002, she was awarded her second Doctorate from the Institute for Research on Psychology of Professional Education, Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, with a specialization in theory and methodology of professional education. In 2003, she received her Habilitation and a scientific degree of a Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences.

She has authored numerous research articles, book chapters and books on emerging democracies, peace education, and cultural-historical theory of activity. She also widely presented her research at national and international educational research conferences worldwide. Koshmanova has consulted with schools throughout Eastern Europe on the issues of teaching for multiculturalism, democracy and peace. During the past 18 years, she has served on task forces examining teacher education reforms for peace and democratic citizenship in Eastern Europe.

Koshmanova’s current research focuses on the issues of civil society development in Eastern Europe and Eurasian countries, the Bologna Process and European integration in teacher education, vocational education and youth employment in Russia and the United States, and the development of global multicultural community on the basis of cultural-historical theory of activity. She is particularly interested in processes of social interaction and cognition in cultural and institutional contexts, viewed in the light of global education for peace and democracy.

Her teaching responsibilities involved graduate and undergraduate level courses in human nature and diversity, culture and politics of educational institutions, and educational psychology. Recently she led efforts to develop a graduate class on global perspectives of educational reform.  She also teaches undergraduate classes in socio-cultural foundations and serves on graduate thesis committees.

She is actively involved in giving invited talks and feature presentations at conferences, assuming leadership positions on editorial boards, and serving as a peer reviewer in refereed educational journals. She is also taking initiatives toward as maintaining educational research partnership between educational researchers of Kalamazoo and its sister city Pushkin, Russia, and developing new research partnership between Western Michigan University and Eastern Siberian universities.


Dr. Tetyana Koshmanova

4025 Sangren Hall | Phone: (269) 387-3508 | Fax: (269) 387-3880 | tetyana.koshmanova@wmich.edu