Paula M. White

Ella Faye Shaaf Rodefer Chair of Education


B.S., University of Denver
M.A., University of Colorado
Ph.D., University of Houston 


Paula White is Ohio Wesleyan’s Middle Childhood Education program director. Her diverse teaching experience includes work in an alternative middle school, a psychiatric facility, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Additionally, she has taught as a member of a teaching team in a traditional middle school.

She has a special interest in preparing individuals to teach diverse students in diverse settings. Her teaching interest includes education psychology, mathematics education, and middle childhood education. She recently completed a research study entitled: “Ohio Middle Childhood Licensure Study.” She is the past President of the Ohio Middle Level Professors (OMLP) Association and the current Treasurer for OMLP.  Her current research study examines student learning across connected courses.  


  • 2017 - 2019 Libby Reed Professorship
  • 2014 Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award
  • 2013 President’s Commission on Racial and Cultural Diversity – Faculty

Areas of Interest / Expertise

  • Urban Education
  • Middle Level Education

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) formerly the National Middle School Association (NMSA)
  • Ohio Middle Level Professors Association
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Director: Middle Childhood Teacher Education Program
  • Curriculum Vitae

Outside Interests

  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Gardening
  • Traveling
  • Reading

Winner of the 2014 Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award

Contact Info


Phillips Hall 214
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3560
F 740-368-3553