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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Education and Certifications

 Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

 M.S., Elementary Education, Missouri State University

 B.S., Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Missouri Southern State University


Interests, Publications, and Presentations

Professional Interests

My professional interests are in the areas of early childhood curriculum.  I truly enjoy working with young children and sharing in the responsibility of their early care and education.  I have worked with preschool age children and have been a director of preschool aged programs.  Through working with undergraduate early childhood development majors I am able to share my experiences to help insure a fresh supply of excited early childhood professionals. 

Selected Publications

Tankersley, A. (2010). Discovering Curriculum Concerns of beginning Early Childhood Teachers.  Childhood Education: Annual Theme 2010. 86, (5), 293-297.

Selected Presentations
 Tankersley, A. (2009). Nursery Rhymes Everywhere!  41st Annual Crucial Early Years Institute.  University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Tankersley, A. (2009).  Budget Friendly Creative Play Ideas.  KAEYC Conference.  Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Tankersley, A. (2007).  Sensational Centers. Success by Six Conference, Joplin, Neosho, Carthage, Missouri


Research Interests
Play, early childhood curriculum, beginning teachers, support for beginning teachers.

Amber Tankersley

Amber Tankersley

Preschool Lab Director
Early Childhood Development

Assistant Professor

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

620-235-4460 office phone
620-235-4686 fax