Dr. Karin Miller Wiburg – Teacher

Teaching Philosophy:
I accept and value students as they come to me so they can grow in the challenging and engaging learning environment I seek to provide.

1979 Karin as a Tittle 1 teacher in Seattle

1977-1981 Math and Reading Specialist Chapter 1/Title 1 and Title VII in Seattle

Teaching Background:
I began as an instructional assistant for Title I basic skills program and home-school liaison for Title VII program in 1971, with a B.A. History from the University of Washington. I was promoted to Math and Reading Specialist, Chapter 1/Title 1 and Title VII in 1977 where I taught mathematics and language arts in a federal basic skills program at a variety of K-9 schools. I worked primarily with with “at-risk” students utilizing a language-based, problem-solving approach to mathematics. I also taught some remedial reading and had the opportunity to be involved in district-level curriculum development and teacher staff development for mathematics and writing.

The work inspired me to earn a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington in with a specialization in Counseling, School Psychology. In 1981 I had my own class in the Escuela Latona where I team taught primary grades in a bilingual elementary magnet program. Together with a teaching team we developed an ESL reading program, an arts-oriented multicultural studies project and the Computers are Elementary curriculum.


Dr. Karin Wiburg (second from right, back row) with her students in England.

Life and family circumstances drew me back to California where I taught in a variety of settings and positions in higher education including the United States International University, San Diego, CA (now Alliant International) where I was an Associate Professor and Chair of Curriculum and Instruction. I was responsible for program scheduling, course design, faculty selection and evaluation for all C&I classes on 3 campuses, two in the United States and one in London, England. I enjoyed teaching international educators for two summers in London, England.

Karin with students in her EDLT 368/568 class at NMSU.

Dr. Karin Wiburg with students in her EDLT 368/568 class at NMSU.

I came to NMSU in 1993 as an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, where I developed and coordinated a graduate specialization within Curriculum and Instruction focused on the integration of technology with curriculum and learning (EDLT). In addition to my research and service activities, I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum and instruction and educational technology, advised graduate students and supervised doctoral dissertations. I consulted and worked with universities and with local, state, and national school initiatives to support effective uses of technology in education. I was promoted to Associate, and then Full professor, and served as the Assistant Dean for Research over the years, and have since returned to the faculty where I work primarily with doctoral students and mentor younger faculty.




Dr. Karin Wiburg with students in Brazil

International teaching experience:
I have worked with many international students over 30 years as a professor and have taught internationally. I taught TESOL masters students in Brazil in January, 2001; high school students in Mexico in Fall 1999; and teachers from international schools in London, England during the summers of 1989 and 1990.