Michael R. Sturm, Jr.

Michael R. Sturm, Jr.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Commons/Athletic Center, 203
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Michael comes to Penn State Brandywine from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where he served as an instructor and the internship coordinator in Human Development and Family Studies. He attended Drexel University, University of Delaware, and Messiah College. His scholarly interests include family dynamics, community engagement, human services ethics, and the professional development of human service workers.

Michael has taught a variety of introductory and upper level HDFS courses. He is a trained couple and family therapist and has worked in a variety of human service settings in the Philadelphia area. Michael began his academic career as a health and family and consumer sciences teacher in Baltimore. He has written family and consumer science curriculum for the Baltimore County Public Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education.

As instructor and internship coordinator for Brandywine’s Human Development and Family Studies major Michael’s focus is on the professional development of HDFS majors and collaborative partnerships between internship sites and the HDFS program.


Recent Publications and Presentations

Landry Meyer, L., Gerard, J., Sturm, M. & Wooldridge, D. (in press). From Theory to Practice: A Three-Tier Model for Linking Students to the Community in Walker, G. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Learning Theory and Design in Modern Education. Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Landry-Meyer, L. & Sturm, M. (in press). Developing Connections: Using an On-Campus Event to Connect HDFS Students and the Community in Field-Based Learning in Newman, T. (Ed.) Family Life Education: Facilitating High-Impact Experiences in Undergraduate Family Science Programs. Texas: Steven F. Austin Press.

Peet, S. Wooldridge, D. & Sturm, M. (2014, May 19). Engaging students in learning: Lessons from short-term study abroad experiences in Italy. 16th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

Peet, S., Wooldridge, D. Sturm, M. & Black, Z. (2013, August 3). Best practices in preparing pre-service teachers for a global society. One Voice Institute of Elemental Ethics and Education Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Baily, C., Hepp, B., Sturm, M., Perkins, K., Mancini, K. & Rich, A. (2011, November 16). HDFS undergraduate trajectories: Perspectives on the current economy. 73rd National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

Sturm, M. (2011, November 16). Men’s entrance into an early childhood education career: The role of family support. 73rd National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.