Dr. Ellie Fitts Fulmer

Ellie Fulmer

Associate Professor, Department of Education
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Office: Phillips Hall 194G, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Disciplinary (Content) Literacies, Antiracist Pedagogies, Practitioner Inquiry, Sociocultural Literacies

Background and Professional Interests

Ellie Fitts Fulmer, M.Ed., Ed.D., has worked with urban, suburban, and rural schools and other educational organizations such as science museums. Before coming to Ithaca College, Dr. Fulmer was a post-doctoral fellow at the Da Vinci Science Center, in Allentown, PA, where she managed a large scale multi-year STEM teacher professional development program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Fulmer's dissertation was centered on multicultural, anti-racist teacher education with White teachers.

Dr. Fulmer’s K-12 teaching experience includes fifth grade in the Allentown School District (Allentown, PA), The Swain School (Allentown, PA), and Worcester Public Schools (Worcester, MA).  Dr. Fulmer has served as a mentor to Teach for America first-year teachers in the School District of Philadelphia, and as a supervisor for student teachers at Moravian College. Dr. Fulmer holds a BA in Communications & Culture, and a M.Ed. in Urban Education & Teacher Research, both from Clark University, and an Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (PennGSE).

Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 PM.

Dana Teaching Fellow, 2020-2023

Dr. Fulmer was selected by the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) to serve as a fellowship-supported teacher leader piloting an antiracist, equity-focused project for cross-institutional faculty and staff.

She will co-design ongoing projects for the CFE to continue antiracist and equity work beyond this pilot year.

Dr. Fulmer will continue with duties as full member of Department of Education (fellowship includes one course release).

Practitioner Inquiry

What is Practitioner Inquiry and what does it have to do with Course (Re)Design?

Visit Dr. Fulmer's blog about Practitioner Inquiry at threads@CFE, the teaching and learning blog from Ithaca College's Center for Faculty Excellence.

Wildcat Hills, Western Nebraska. Yucca with Scottsbluff National Monument. Photo credit Rick Myers.

Wildcat Hills, Western Nebraska. Photo credit Rick Myers.

Dr. Fulmer recently published a co-authored chapter on challenging racism in higher education. The chapter, titled, "Dangerous Black Professor: Challenging the Ghettoization of Race in Higher Education through Life Texts Pedagogy" was co-written with Dr. Nia Nunn (professor in Education at IC) and Dr. Sherry Deckman (former professor of Education at IC, now at Lehman College). It tells the story of the humanist teaching philosophy of incorporating life texts into the teaching of college coursework on race and racism. The chapter is included in the book RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions, edited by Virginia Stead, published by Peter Lang. The text is Volume 6 in Peter Lang's Equity in Higher Education series.