Chatham University

Education Faculty and Staff

Heather Cunningham Ph.D.

Heather Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Education
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA

Academic Areas of Interest

Preparing teachers to support students in urban schools; issues of race, poverty, language and ethnicity in the K-12 classroom.

Personal Areas of Interest

Playing music -- especially Old Time Appalachian music


Dr. Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Education. Before earning her Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning, Dr. Cunningham was a K-12 public school teacher in Washington DC and downtown Pittsburgh for 13 years. She has also worked in education internationally in Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Malawi.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2015
  • M.A., American University (Washington, DC), 1997
  • B.A., Allegheny College (Meadville, PA), 1993



  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate Social Studies grades 7-12 -- Level II
  • District of Columbia Public Schools Teaching Certificate -- K-12 English as a Second Language & Bilingual Education