Faculty and Staff Profiles

Bonnie Jean Cummings
Instructor, Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Email: bjcmmngs@memphis.edu
Office Location: 420c Ball Hall
Office Hours: Recruitment Coordinator/vary/call for appointment (901) 678-5356new office 420C Ball Hall

 Mrs. Bonnie Cummings received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in vertebrate zoology form Memphis State University.  She received her Masters in Education through the National Teacher Corps Program with emphasis on Elementary and Secondary License K-12.  She was selected as the liaison for the Teacher Corps program to Memphis City Schools.  Mrs. Cummings continued her plus hours at The University of TN Knoxville, Pepperdine College Malibu,CA and Memphis State University. Mrs. Cummings is certified as a Career Ladder Level II teacher in TN.

She was hired in the College of Education to serve as the site liaison to The Professional Develpment School Program.  with Raleigh Egypt Middle School, Kingsbury Elementary and Coleman Elementary.  This was a teaching collaboration among faculty,student teachers and the college community.

She has taught in three states :  Tennessee, Texas and California.  She worked in Shelby County Schools and Memphis State Campus School, Memphis, TN;  Galveston Independent School  District ,Galveston, TX.  ; John Muir Junior High School and George Washington High School in the  Los Angeles Unified School District LA, California

She has traveled abroad to present papers on reading and science Russia and South Africa on a peace keeping citizen to citizen  mission with The People to People Ambassador Program  started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. She also presented a paper in Valetta, Malta at the(ATEE) Association of Teacher Education Europe Conference on Learning Styles and science studies of the Regal Swan.She has supervised student teachers for the College of Education in Worcestershire and Birmingham, England She accopmanied her student teachers and other supervisors to Paris, France, Ireland and Wales for a study abroad excursion.

Mrs. Cummings is an Instructor/Coordinator in the ICL department where she serves as Recrutiment coordinator for retention and development of undergraduate  students. She is the liaison on the COE Aspiration Team 11a.  She organizes campus visits for high school students interested in becoming a teacher.  She started the "Kids to College Campaign" under the auspices of  the Dean's Institute started by Nate Essex. She worked with the Geier Institute under Ric Hovda.She is  the senior advisor for Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA), a professional organization for student professional development in leadership.University of Memphis STEA is the fifth largest  student group in the state of  TN.  


Additional Information

Class Resource




  • M.Ed.+ Elementary/Secondary - Memphis State University - 1974
  • B.S. Vertebrate Zoology - Memphis State University - 1971
  • Harold C. Love Award - Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) - April 29, 2010
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award - The University of Memphis - 2009
  • Dean - College of Education - 2007
  • Dean Ric Hovda's Service Award - College of Education - 2003
  • Student Ambassadors Board Award - University of Memphis - 2002
  • Outstanding Volunteer - Memphis In May - India - 2001
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers - College of Education Students - 2000
  • Dean Essex- Ambassador Award - College of Education - 1999
  • Partnership Award - Chair: College of Education - 1999
  • Outstanding Teacher - University Student Ambassador Board - 1998
  • Prominent Black Woman Award - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for MATH/SCIENCE TEACHING - 1997
  • Outstanding Teacher - College of Education Students Deanna Tatum etc - 1997
  • Outstanding Service PDS - College of Education - 1997
  • Outstanding Services PDS - Raleigh Egypt Middle School - 1996
  • STEA Membership Award - Tennessee Education Association - 1996-98
  • Volunteer Award - Memphis in May Education Committee - 1995
  • Volunteer Award - Memphis in May Education Committee - 1994
  • Chairman Award - Memphis in May Education Committee, Russia - 1993
  • Chairman Award - Memphis in May Education committee, Italy - 1992
  • Founders Award - Memphis in May Education committee, New Zealand - 1991
  • Teacher of the Year - Memphis State Campus School - 1990
  • Teacher of the Year - Washington High School/ Los Angeles, California - 1980-83
  • Kempner Award - (Outstanding Science Teacher) Galveston, TX - 1977-80
  • Outstanding Student Award - (Marine Science) Biloxi, MS - 1984
  • NIE Family Focus - The Commercial Appeal Newspaper - 1974-77
  • Keep Memphis and Shelby County - Memphis, TN City/City Beautification Commission - 1974-77
  • Beautiful Award Church Oscar Award for Educational Services - Middle Baptist Church, Whitehaven - 1985
  • Nominee for Pathfinders Award - Washington, DC - 1985
  • Outstanding Liaison - National Teacher Corps, Memphis State University - 1972-74

Teaching Experience

  • ICL 6761Basic and ICL 6762 Advanced Aerospace Workshop Course - The University of Memphis (COE) Summer,2008
  • ICL 6761 Basic Aerospace Workshop for West TN Teachers - The University of Memphis Summer ,2007
  • ICL 4800 Student Teaching Seminar - University of Memphis
  • ICL 3000 Analysis and Principles of Teaching - University of Memphis
  • ICL 4001 Learning in the Urban Environment - University of Memphis
  • ICL 7032 Pathways Classroom Management - University of Mempis
  • ICL 7020-7021-7020 Pathways to Teaching - University of Memphis
  • ICL 4351 Social Studies in the Block 2000 - University of Memphis
  • ICL 3511 School and Community - Memphis State University
  • ICL 7000 Reader's Digest Pathways - Memphis State University
  • ICL 3501 Classroom Management - Memphis State University
  • ICL 7652 Social Studies in High School - Memphis State University
  • Phi Delta Kappa Research Frat. - President University of Memphis Chapter - 1999-2000
  • West TN Reading Association - President University of Memphis Chapter - 1990-1993
  • First Generation Ph.D Committee - The committee selects doctoral candidates to fund for graduate school. - Newly funded starting Fall,2008
Books Published
  • Memphis in May Curriculum Guides 1993-1997
  • Memphis State University Curriculum for Social Studies 1990-91
  • Memphis City Schools Social Studies Curriculum Guide - 1991-92 Grade 4
  • Memphis in May Curriculum Guide - Italy 1991-92 Grades 4 and 5
  • National Education Association Video, Saving A Generation : "Teaching Strategies for HIV and AIDS Education, 1988
  • Fogelman Business Guide 1986-87 Teaching Economics Early Overview of Social Studies for Mac Millan Company Video
  • Books (authored, edited)
  • Izumi-Taylor,S.,Meredith,C.D., &Cummings,  B. (March,2013) A comparative study of pre-service teachers ' views of play in Japan, Taiwan, and the US. 39th annual International Conference, The Association for the Study of Play(TASP)& 26th Conference The Association for the Child's Right to Play(IPA/USA Joint conference Newark, Delaware.

    Meredith,C.D., Izumi-Taylor, S.,& Cummings, B. (March, 2013)  Playing to learn.39th annual International Conference, The Association for the Study of Play(TASP)& 26th Conference The Association for the Child's Right to Play(IPA/USA Joint conference Newark, Delaware.
  •  Meredith, C.D., Cummings, B.J. & Taylor, S. (October,2011). Integrating Math, Science, Social Studies and Literacy Activities in the Early Childhood Classroom.  Presented at the Annual conference of Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children.  Memphis, TNTennessee
  • 1.        Paper Presented: "Using the Newspaper in Education as a Reading Tool for Russia", May 1992 resource Learning Links developed by the Commercial Appeal Newspaper (People to People Spokane, Washington, Team by Dr. Jeanne Chall)
  • 2.        Memphis State: Urban Symposium - Family Focus on Education "What's News in Science for the Commercial Appeal Newspaper" passport to the World of Math" August 1992-1996
  • 3.        "Travel Bureau" Fogelman Business Institute designed to teach Business Economics to Elementary Children. Project led by Marilyn Kourilsky author of MiniSocieties
  • Conferences Association of Teacher Educators National Conference Jacksonville, Florida
  • Theme Format: " Increasing Achievement in Urban Schools Through Best Practices in Teaching Reading"
  • February 15-18, 2003 Bonnie Cummings, Joanne Belk,
  • University of Valetta, Malta International Conference of The Association of Teacher Educators Europe
  • Theme: Foundation for International Studies: "Using Multiple Teaching and Learning Techniques to Prepare Pre-service
  • Teachers in a Learning Organization": with Drs. Elsa C. Price, Maryann J Ehle, Jo Ann Belk, and Anne R. Gayles-Felton
  • August 23-27, 2003
  • 1. Reading Teachers Conference Presenter- Adam's Mark Hotel- "Teaching Reading with Manipulative Story Boards" Student Projects from ICL 3000 Analysis and Principles of Teaching Fall, 1998  
  • 2. Science Teachers Conference-Preside
  • 3. MACOTOM Math Conference Presenter-Cook Convention Center- "Using Manipulative Bulletin Boards to Teach Math", Student Projects from ICL 3000 class  
  • 4. Newspaper in the Classroom Presenter-1992-1999 ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
  • 5. Geography Institute Knoxville, TN/Kalamazoo, MI-Speaker
  • 6. Aerospace for Teachers present summer workshop for Basic Students "Black Stars in Orbit" 1992-present
  • 7. Presenter at Memphis State University Urban Symposium "Focus on Families" /speaker Marva Collins
  • 8. Marine Science Institute Biloxi, MS Team Leader Dr. Ronald Cleminson
  • Newspaper In Education Workshop June,2007 Teaching and Learning Academy Global Education in the News
  • The Office of School based Clinical Practice presents 'Teacher Education workshop Series" October 3,2007 "Triple A's:  Academics, Attitudes and Attendance"  Smith Chemistry Auditorium 4;30-5:30 PM