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Sara M. Sage, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Secondary & Foundations
Office: EA 2247
Phone: (574) 520-5504
Fax: (574) 520-4550


Sara Sage has served as a faculty member in Secondary and Foundations of Education at IUSB since 1997. Her previous positions include professional development and research coordinator for the Center for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and special educator at high school, middle school and elementary levels in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at Ohio State University in 1995. Co-author of Problems as Possibilities: Problem-Based Learning for K-16 Education (ASCD), Sage has research and teaching interests in PBL, psychological type and learning styles, effective instruction, professional development for educators, adult development, and qualitative research.

Educational Background

B.S. in Special Education (1983) from Western Michigan University

M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1995) in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development from The Ohio State University

M.S. in Education, Counseling and Human Services (2009) from Indiana University South Bend

Classes Taught

EDUC F100 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC F201/F202 Exploring the Personal Demands of Teaching
EDUC M314/R301 General Methods for Secondary Teachers
EDUC M420 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC J511 Methods of Individualizing Instruction
EDUC S512 Workshop: Problem-Based Learning

Research Interest

Problem-based learning
Psychological type and learning styles
Counseling and interpersonal skills for teachers
Professional and personal development for teachers
Constructivist teaching and learning models
General instructional methods and differentiated instruction
Adult development and learning
Qualitative research

Campus/Community Service

Chair, IU South Bend Senate Teaching Committee
Chair, School of Education Curriculum & Standards Committee
Co-founder and facilitator, IU South Bend Campus Ally Network (IUSB CAN)
Faculty advisor, OUT IUSB
Member, University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) Board
Member, Womens Studies Governing Board
Member, John Adams High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Site council

Recent Publications

Mettetal, G. & Sage, S.M. (2005). Teaching and evaluating dispositions in a preservice education course. In R.L. Smith, J. Hurst & D. Skarbek (Eds.), The Passion of Teaching: Dispositions in the School (pp. 123-134). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Publications.
Sage, S.M. (2003). Learning in problem-based learning experiences. In proceedings from the PBL Symposium 2003: In the service of learning . . . Getting to the heart of problem-based learning (pp. 13-14). Aurora, IL: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
Torp, L.T. & Sage, S.M. (2002). Problems as possibilities: Problem-based learning for K-16 education (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.