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 Amber Tankersley, Ph.D.

Amber Tankersley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Discipline/Specialization: Early Childhood Development
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Office: 108 Family & Consumer Sciences Building
Phone: 620-235-4460

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About Dr. Amber Tankersley

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. 

Dr. Tankersley was a 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Awards for the College of Arts and Sciences.


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

M.S., Elementary Education, Missouri State University, Missouri, U.S.A.

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

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

  • Play
  • Early childhood curriculum
  • Beginning teachers
  • Support for beginning teachers

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Tankersley, A. (2014). Using Technology to Teach Children. Kansas Child. 13 (1). 17.

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

Selected Presentations

  • Tankersley, A.  (2014). Kids in the Kitchen: Supersize their learning in all developmental domains through cooking and nutrition experiences.  NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, Dallas, TX
  • Tankersley, A. (October 2014).  Beyond Basic Blocks. KAEYC Annual Conference. Manhattan, KS
  • Tankersley, A. (2014).  Preschool iPad Project. KAFCS United Associations Conference, Wichita, KS
  • Tankersley, A.  (2013). Nursery Rhymes Everywhere! Integrating Nursery Rhymes throughout your Preschool Classroom.  NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, Washington, DC
  • Tankersley, A. (2012).  Budget Friendly Creative Play Ideas to Target STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom. NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, Atlanta, GA