Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow

Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow, a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Salisbury University, began her career in education more than thirty years ago as a teacher and administrator in Maryland’s public schools. Since joining the Salisbury Faculty in 2000, Dr. Gorrow has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom management, education foundations, cooperative learning, and classroom assessment. She has also served as co-chair of the Teacher Education Department, coordinated the Regional Professional Development Schools Program, supervised field-based teacher interns, and directed the Elementary Education Program.

Gorrow’s scholarly pursuits are characterized by a blend of research, observation, personal experience, and application. Her most recent book, Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest: A Photographic Journey through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season, which was co-authored with Craig A. Koppie of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and published by Schiffer Publishing in 2013, is a Shortlist Finalist for the 2014 Green Earth Book Award in the category of Young Adult Non-fiction Literature. Her first book, The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers, co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller, was recognized as a 2009 Finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award presented by the Association of Educational Publishers. In addition, her published book chapters and articles include: This Way to a Teaching Job, Perseverance 101, Are You Prepared, Considering Protective Factors as a Tool for Teacher Resiliency, Four Keys to Keeping New Teachers, Using Literature Circles to Research Instructional Strategies, Rearrange Your Attitude, Your Application Matters, Help Your Sub Be a Star, A Letter is Worth 1,000 Pictures, LAUGH-A Fun Way to Wellness at Work, 180 Days and Counting, Emotional Well-Being of College Students in Health Courses with and without an Exercise Component, Communicating Effectively, and The Plight of America’s Bird. This collection of publications represents scholarly effort conducted with colleagues including Dr. Paula Gibb, Dr. Susan Muller, Dr. Rebecca Emery, Dr. Kelly Fiala, Dr. Sid Schneider, Dr. Dixie Dennis, and Mrs. Karen Parsons. Gorrow also regularly presents at state, regional, and national conferences. 

Dr. Gorrow’s distinguished honors include being named Excellent Educator by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the Salisbury University Student Government Association, as well as receiving Faculty Appreciation Awards presented by Salisbury University’s Alumni Association and Student Government Association. Gorrow is also the recipient of two Governor Citations for her work in the field of education, and was honored as the 1989 Talbot County Teacher of the Year and finalist for the 1989 Maryland State Teacher of the Year Award.

Gorrow’s degrees include earning a doctorate in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park; an M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the same institution; and a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary/Middle Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She also holds a valid Advanced Professional Certificate with the State of Maryland in the areas of administration, teaching, and school counseling. 

A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Dr. Gorrow enjoys wildlife and landscape photography, playing the piano, and songwriting. She is married to Wayne Gorrow, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at Salisbury University, and is the daughter of Paul and Ellen Ruark.