Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow

Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow is a Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Salisbury University in Maryland. Since joining the Salisbury Faculty in 2000, Dr. Gorrow has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses in classroom management, education foundations, cooperative learning, classroom assessment, and group dynamics. She has also coordinated the Regional Professional Development Schools Program, supervised field-based teacher interns, and directed the Elementary Education Program. Her experiences as a public school educator prior to joining SU include 17 years of service as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office supervisor of instruction, and district coordinator of special programs.  

Her scholarly pursuits are characterized by a blend of research, observation, personal experience, and application. Her most recent book publications include The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers (a book co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller) and Using Literature Circles to Research Instructional Strategies (a book chapter co-authored with Dr. John Bing). Her most recent published articles include Four Keys to Keeping New Teachers, Rearrange Your Attitude, and A Letter is Worth 1,000 Pictures, as well as Help Your Sub be a Star (co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller and Mrs. Karen Parsons), Polishing the Apple: Six Steps to a Shining Job Fair Performance (co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Emery), 180 Days and Counting (co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller and Dr. Paula Gibb), The Relationship Between Perceived Body Size and Confidence in Ability to Teach Among Pre-service Teachers (co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller and Dr. Sid Schneider), and Emotional Well-Being of College Students in Health Courses with and without an Exercise Component (co-authored with Dr. Susan Muller and Dr. Dixie Dennis). Gorrow also regularly presents at state, regional, and national conferences. 

Dr. Gorrow was recognized as the 2002-2003 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the Salisbury University Student Government Association and was honored with a 2007 SGA Faculty Appreciation Award. She has served as the Academic Coordinator for the SU Education Living Learning Community and is a former Head Counselor for SU’s Rho Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Named the 1989 Talbot County Teacher of the Year, Gorrow was also honored as a finalist for the 1989 Maryland State Teacher of the Year Award and is the recipient of two Governor Citation Awards. 

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 an 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 playing the piano, landscape photography, and songwriting. She is married to Wayne Gorrow, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at Salisbury University. 

Dr. Teena Ruark Gorrow
Faculty of Teacher Education and
PDS Liaison and Intern Supervisor for Easton Elementary Schools
Teacher Education Technology Center (TE) 281D  
Office Phone: 410-548-9196