Dr. Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Dr. Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education. He also serves as Director of CECH (Citizenship Education Clearing House) and is co-director of UMSL’s Center for Character and Citizenship (CCC) located in the College of Education. See (http://www.characterandcitizenship.org). Current CECH programs under Dr. Althof's leadership include: MY LOGO-Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government and Kids Voting Missouri.
He earned his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and earned a second, higher-level doctorate called "Habilitation" for the field of Educational Sciences at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) in 2002.
Prior to joining UMSL in 2005, Dr. Althof taught university courses and workshops at several universities and other post-secondary institutions in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and lectured in many other countries including the United States and Canada. At his former affliation in Switzerland, Dr. Althof taught courses on more than 20 different topics. He was a Visting Scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1995-96.
Since the early 1990's, Dr. Althof's focus has been on moral/character development and citizenship education in school-wide programs called "Just and Caring School Communities" and on their contribution to school and staff development. Several of these schools (in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy) have won awards for these outstanding pedagogical initiatives, including the Pestalozzi Award for Child-friendly Environments, donated by UNICEF Switzerland and other national youth organizations.
Dr. Althof is currently President of AME (The Association for Moral Education). AME is an International Organization that provides an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice. The Association is dedicated to fostering communication, cooperation, training, curriculum development, and research that links moral theory with educational practice.
Sandy Diamond, M.Ed.
Sandy is the part-time Program Coordinator for CECH. She coordinates CECH's two programs: MY LOGO---Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government and Kids Voting Missouri.
Sandy joined UMSL in 1999 and retired at the end of 2013. She returned to CECH in 2014 on a part-time basis. Prior to joining UMSL, Sandy taught Civics in the Hazelwood School District and also served as Newspapers in Education (NIE) Coordinator for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2006 Sandy received the Warren S. Solomon Civic Virtue Award from the Missouri Bar and Kids Voting USA’s Affiliate Excellence Award. In 2010, Sandy and Kids Voting Missouri received one of the St. Louis Bar Foundation’s “Spirit of Justice” Awards.
Diamond has a life-time teaching certificate in secondary social studies and holds degrees from the University of MO-St. Louis (M.Ed.) and University of MO (B.S. Ed.). She currently serves on the Missouri Bar’s Citizenship Education Advisory Committee and the Missouri Supreme Court’s Education Subcommittee.