Texas Tech University

Mitzi Ziegner, M.Ed.

Associate Chairperson, Director, GPIDEA Early Childhood Online Program
Human Development and Family Studies

Email: mitzi.ziegner@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4019

Office: HS 507H

  • Associate Chairperson
  • Program Director, Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance Early Childhood Online Degree Program 



Mitzi Ziegner

Teaching Focus

Mitzi Ziegner serves as an instructor on continuing appointment teaching and developing both face to face and online courses and is regarded by Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning as one of the university's top online instructors. She holds a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade lifetime Texas teaching certification with reading and early childhood education endorsements and is a former Texas public school teacher with both Head Start and primary classroom teaching experience, five years of which were concurrent with serving as a part time instructor of courses in the Texas Tech University Colleges of Human Sciences and Education. Since 2010, Mitzi has served as a full time instructor in the department of Human Development and Family Studies teaching courses that include Child and Adolescent Guidance, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Development during Childhood, Prenatal and Infant Development, Lifespan Human Development, Managing and Administering Early Childhood Programs, Preparing Environments for Teaching Young Children and the Capstone Course for Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In addition, Mitzi serves as program director and faculty member for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance's Early Care and Education for a Mobile Society online undergraduate degree program, provided by Texas Tech in collaboration with six other universities. During the summer of 2019, Mitzi Ziegner and HDFS faculty member and Early Childhood Program Director Dr. Stephanie Shine co-led the first ever faculty lead study abroad experience in the department, Child Development in London, where they offered HDFS 3301, Theories of Human Development and Family Studies, and HDFS 3306, Child and Adolescent Guidance in the United Kingdom. This program provided rich and transformative learning experiences where students gained a deeper understanding of course concepts while experiencing them concurrently with visits to international schools, museums, and exchanges with local educators, teachers, parents and children. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Guidance and classroom management
  • Developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Positive teacher/learner relationships
  • Incorporating real life, hands on learning experiences in the classroom
  • Online course development
  • Building and maintaining learner engagement in an online teaching environment

Awards, Community Outreach, and Engagement Activities

Mitzi Ziegner is the 2019-2020 College of Human Sciences nominee for the Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2018, Mitzi Ziegner received the Texas Tech University Kathryn Burleson Faculty Service Award and the College of Human Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017, Mitzi was elected to membership in the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching and efforts toward furthering the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is the 2009 recipient of the Texas Tech University Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa's Faculty Recognition Award, the 2009 recipient of the YWCA Woman of Excellence Award in Education and the 2004 Texas Tech University College of Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni New Achiever Award recipient.

Mitzi is currently serving as Immediate Past President following her 2017-2019 term as President of the Lubbock YWCA Executive Board. From 2016-2019 she was a mayor appointed member of the City of Lubbock Appointments Advisory Board and served as a board member for the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. Mitzi is a member of the Lubbock Area United Way speaker's bureau and serves the Lubbock Independent School District as a board member for the LISD Foundation for Excellence, District Council PTA board representative and served a two year term as Vice President and President of the Hutchinson Middle School PTA board. Mitzi's service roles in LISD also include a community advisory position on the Strategic Planning Action Committee for Professional Development and appointed membership on the Superintendent's District Parent Advisory Council.

Mitzi's university leadership and community engagement also include her administrative appointment as Associate Chair, Outreach and Engagement Committee chair, Strategic Planning Committee member for HDFS, College of Human Sciences Teaching Effectiveness Committee member, TTU eLearning Council member, and faculty advisor to the Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate student Ambassador program. Formerly she served as faculty advisor for national College of Human Sciences honor society Phi Upsilon Omicron, as Covenant Health System Foundation Gala committee underwriting chair, American Cancer Society Cattle Barron's Ball silent auction committee member, on the Spirit Ranch board of directors and as an active and sustaining member and sustaining advisor for the Junior League of Lubbock  where her leadership roles included Executive Board Placement Vice President, Nominating Committee chair, Pat S. Moore Award selection committee chair, Public Relations Chair and Holiday Happening Publicity Chair. Mitzi continues to serve the Junior League of Lubbock as Membership Development sustaining advisor and works with her HDFS and EC students to support the Junior League's Food2Kids weekend food bag hunger prevention program. Mitzi and her son Nathan, a student at Lubbock High School, also enjoy serving together on the Change for Children: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty leadership team, an initiative of Lakeridge United Methodist Church that partners with 15 middle schools in the Lubbock area to provide weekend food bags and hygiene items for at risk students and their families in the Lubbock, Lubbock Cooper and Frenship Independent School districts. Mitzi and her daughter Viviana, a student at Hutchinson Middle School, volunteer together in the Lubbock chapter of the National Charity League and will serve as Membership Vice President and Class of 2025 President during the upcoming 2020-2021 year. 

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