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Dr. Winnie Hinchman Needham

Associate Professor
Asst. Dean of Academics


  • PhD., Teaching and Learning Processes, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • MS, Educational Leadership, Walden University
  • BA, Principia College


"I discovered early in my life that I loved working with children of all ages. From babysitting to camp counseling to elementary school teaching, it was a natural step to work at the college level with those who want to explore a teaching career themselves."

Before joining the faculty, Winnie Needham taught sixth grade for 17 years and was a school principal for three years. At Berkeley Hall School, she chaired the Intermediate (upper elementary) Department and founded and chaired the Character Education Committee. 

Scholarly Interests

  • 21st-century education
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Facilitation and management
  • Project-based learing
  • Experiential learning

Contributions to Field

Needham has facilitated:

  • workshops for faculty on reading comprehension strategies, literature circles, and teaching creativity
  • workshops for college faculty on differentiated instruction
  • workshops for student life on facilitation
  • workshop for upper management on giving and receiving feedback


Teacher of the Year, Encino Chamber of Commerce, 2002–2003

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

Publications and Presentations

  • Presented "Engineering the Human Connection" at Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference, UMSL, September 2018, St. Louis, MO
  • Presented "What Promotes Student Learning" at Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference, UMSL, September 2017, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Winnie Needham CV