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Rachel Sutz Pienta specializes in subverting dominant paradigms to bring about positive social change. As a change agent, she has spent her career working to expand life opportunities for her students and readers.
Rachel Sutz Pienta has worked as a College of Education professor at Valdosta State University since 2009. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University where she also taught Education, Sociology, and Women’s Studies courses as an adjunct professor from 1999 to 2012. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Big Bend Anti-Bullying Task Force with Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda since November 2010.
Dr. Pienta’s career in Education has included working as legislative policy analyst, independent governmental affairs consultant, and as a classroom teacher. Her research interests include education policy and reform, teacher professional development, gender equity, diversity issues, and social justice.
In 2010, she served as a research associate for the Georgia School Superintendent Association and the Georgia School Boards Association for the project A Vision for Public Education in Georgia to author policy on aligning services and stakeholders for children from birth to age five.
Dr. Pienta speaks and writes frequently on public policy issues. In 2011, her writing on women and political advocacy was featured in the edited collection The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It. Her Women’s Studies book for the McGraw Hill Taking Sides series is scheduled to be published in fall 2013. Her work has also been published by Cognella, Sage, and Sense Publishers.
In 2011, she was honored by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of “25 Women You Need to Know”. In 2012, the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals honored Dr. Pienta as a “Golden A.C.E.” in Higher Education for her “authentic community engagement”.