Dr. Christy  C.  Petroze, Ed.D.

Dr. Christy C. Petroze, Ed.D.

Dr. Christy C. Petroze, Ed.D.

Dr. Christy  C.  Petroze, Ed.D.

phone 859-344-3360
place Cabrini Hall 140
today My first year at TMU was 2009


B.A., University of Kentucky (1996)

M.Ed., Northern Kentucky University (1999)

Ed.D., University of Kentucky (2006)

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Areas of research interest include curriculum and instruction practices, reading and writing across content areas, English/ Language Arts best practices for grades 7-12, and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.


Mariani-Petroze, C. (2023). The positive impacts of a professional learning community model on student
achievement in small schools. Journal of Catholic Education, 26(2), 23-49. https://doi.org/10.15365/joce.2602022023

Spence, J.T. & Mariani-Petroze, C. (in press). Using a simple conceptual framework for informing
thoughtful student engagement with democracy in high school civics classes. Social Studies
Teaching and Learning


Additional Information

Dr. Christy Petroze has been with Thomas More University in the Education Department since 2009. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Administration from the University of Kentucky, her master’s in Reading from Northern Kentucky University, and her bachelor’s in Middle Grades Education from the University of Kentucky. She is currently the Department Chair and the Director of Student Teaching. As the Director of Student Teaching, Dr. Petroze advises the junior and senior status teacher candidates and oversees the supervision and certification of each candidate. Dr. Petroze is also involved in many committees both on an off campus. She is part of the Faculty Coordinating Committee for the University, she works closely with local teachers and school administrators on the Teacher Education Committee for Thomas More University, and she is as school board member for Newport Central Catholic. Dr. Petroze has taught multiple courses at Thomas More University at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Dr. Petroze actively engages as a curriculum consultant for several schools within the Diocese of Covington. She was granted a sabbatical for the Spring 2021 semester. Her research focused on a collaboration with St. Therese School to guide the implementation of Professional Learning Communities designed to meet the needs of small schools (those with one classroom per grade level). This collaboration focused on the development of an instruction and assessment cycle specific to the needs of the St. Therese School community. This collaboration was overwhelmingly successful and is ongoing. Dr. Petroze also works with St. Timothy Catholic School as well as with Newport Central Catholic on ongoing curriculum and assessment consultation.

Prior to coming to Thomas More University, Dr. Petroze was a sixth and seventh grade language arts teacher at Highlands Middle School for thirteen years, and she spent another year at Campbell County Middle School as an Instructional Coach.


Classes taught:

CEH 110 Exploring Identity: Diversity Series I
Address personal and cultural identity to explore impact on self and those they will serve
EDU 212 Young Adult Literature
Strategies for reaching, analyzing, and teaching adolescent literature
EDU 301 Clinical Seminar & Field Part I
Implementing theory in to practice with skill development in classroom management and professional skills
EDU 302 Clinical Seminar & Field Part II
Implementing theory in to practice with skill development in classroom management and professional skills
EDU 325 Teaching Language Arts P-5, 5-9
Methods and materials for teaching language arts
EDU 336 Teaching Reading & Writing in the Content Areas 5-12
Methods, theories, and pedagogy for content acquisition of literary strategies
EDU 407 Student Teaching Seminar (All Grade Levels & Content Areas)
Participate and gain teaching experience through mentorship by cooperating teachers and the Director of Student Teaching
CEH 410 Taking Action Diversity Series: IV
Culminating course in the TMU Diversity Series. Capstone research project based on service and social justice

EDM 520 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 5-12
Theories, practices, and approaches for content acquisition using literary strategies
EDM 533 Critical Media Literacy
The convergence of new media, 21st century skills, college & career readiness for teacher leader candidates
EDM 537 Mentored Teaching
Mentorship for modeling and demonstration of effective skills in the classroom

Employee Roles
Departments Positions Titles
School of Education Department Chair Department Chair
School of Education Faculty Associate Professor

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