Dr. Timothy E. Jester

Tim JesterEd.D.

Professor, MEd Teaching and Learning
Department of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership
ULB 109E


BA: Elementary Education--Harding University
MEd: Educational Administration--Harding University
EdD: International Education Development--Teachers College, Columbia University


Tim Jester is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership, Program Lead for the M.Ed in Teaching and Learning program, and faculty in the Elementary Education preservice program. His scholarship focuses on teacher education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and education in Alaska. His doctorate (EdD) is from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Education Development with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Jester moved to Alaska in 1990 to teach in an Alaska Native village near Bethel, where he taught for five years. He relocated to Anchorage in 1995 and taught two years in the Anchorage School District before heading to the East Coast to teach in Baltimore County then to attend graduate school in New York City. Dr. Jester enjoys spending time with his four children and spouse, riding bikes, exercising at the gym, and listening to music.

Teaching Responsibilities

EDTL A698: Research Project in Teaching and Learning
EDTL A651: Curriculum Theory and Design
EDFN A304: Comparative Education

Research Interests

Contemplative Education: Applications in Teacher Education Cross-cultural and Intercultural Field Experiences Teacher Education in Alaska


Considering the self that teaches. In K. Byrnes, J. Dalton, & E. Dorman (Eds.), The teaching self: Contemplative practices, pedagogy, and research in education. Rowman & Littlefield. (Schedule publication date: March 2018) Jester, T. E. (2017).
Preparing culturally sustaining/revitalizing educators: Lessons from field experiences in Alaska Native village schools. In C. Coulter & M. Jimenez-Silva (Eds.), Culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies: Language, culture, and power. Wagon Lane, UK: Emerald Publishing. Jester, T. E. & Fickel, L. H. (2013).
Cross-cultural field experiences in Alaska Native Villages: Implications for Culturally responsive teacher education. The Teacher Educator, 48(3), 185-200. Jester, T.E. (2008).
Book Review:
Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence; edited by Kenneth Cushner and Sharon Brennan (2007). Book review published in Comparative Education Review, 58(2), 285-287. Jester, T. E. (2006).
Schooling in the United States. In K. Mazurek, & M. Winzer (Eds.), Education around the world: Debates, challenges, successes. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Jester, T. E. (2005).
Transfer of standards-based education in rural Alaska. An analysis of the politics of educational transfer in the Tikishla School District. Teachers College Record, 107(4), 862-893. Jester, T. E. (2002).
Healing the “unhealthy Native:” Encounters with standards-based education in rural Alaska. Journal of American Indian Education, 41(3), 1-21.

Career History/Work Experience

Teacher Education:
1999-2000: Instructor: Teachers College, Columbia University
2001-present: Faculty: UAA School of Education Elementary
Classroom Teaching 1987-1998