World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

Jessica Carter Kimmel

Peter Csermely

Jessica Carter Kimmel is a life member of WCCI. She was the program chair for the 14th Annual International WCCI Conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China. She is currently editing the papers for the Proceedings of the conference.

She is now a Professor Emerita in the Dreeben School of Education at UIW where she had been a member of the faculty since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Adult Education at Texas A&M. Her B.A. in English and History came from Trinity University, followed by a Master’s Degree in English, with a focus in American Literature and Philosophy. She came to Incarnate Word College in 1980 to study for Texas Teacher Certification, and fell in love with the campus, faculty, and students during her graduate work in Education. She has continued to embrace the UIW mission since that time.

She is now a Professor Emerita in the Dreeben School of Education at UIW where she had been a member of the faculty since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Adult Education at Texas A&M. Her B.A. in English and History came from Trinity University, followed by a Master’s Degree in English, with a focus in American Literature and Philosophy. She came to Incarnate Word College in 1980 to study for Texas Teacher Certification, and fell in love with the campus, faculty, and students during her graduate work in Education. She has continued to embrace the UIW mission since that time.

Prior to coming to UIW, her career included: teaching Composition and Rhetoric at Trinity, SAC, and Texas A&M, and teaching in and chairing the English Department at Texas Military Institute. Her expertise in classroom teaching at the high school level is what brought her originally to UIW, to supervise and encourage secondary student teachers. Her work at UIW has included teaching all manner of courses in Education, serving as Director of Teacher Education, revitalizing the Adult Education program with innovative courses and schedules, and teaching in the doctoral program. Her particular strength is in helping students with academic writing and work on capstone projects, theses, and dissertations. She has also served as Chair of Rank and Tenure, the Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Council, and served for many years on the Faculty Senate and the University Planning Commission. In addition, Dr. Kimmel has managed, directed, and authored a number of grants for UIW, one of which was the Title V Grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions for $3 million. She is now serving as a grant evaluator for Title V Grants from a variety of institutions.

As a researcher, Dr. Kimmel has specialized in the study of learning in autobiographies and writings of women, studies in constructivist learning theory and philosophy of education, values associated with learning, and women’s issues. Her current research focus is on women in areas of political and social violence. She has traveled to Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Jordan, and Turkey to interview women concerning their learning in these areas of the world that suffer from violence. She returned to Istanbul in May, 2014 to continue her research with Turkish women. As a result of her research and interest in women, she has been a delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in 2013 and 2014. She serves on the International Executive Board of the World Council of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Kimmel is the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Award and was named Moody Professor in 2003-2004. She was a nominee for the 2006 Minnie Piper Stevens Award.

Dr. Kimmel’s family includes her husband, Dr. Lawrence Kimmel, a retired professor of philosophy, and four children, three men and one woman, who are, she says proudly, “all educated and gainfully employed, living independently.” She has lived in San Antonio since 1967, but still refers to Houston as her home. The retired couple will live in Taos, New Mexico, after June, 2014, or until she cannot stand being away from San Antonio any longer!