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"The primary purpose of the social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world" (National Council for the Social Studies, 1994 p. 157).

The History and Social Science education program at Virginia Tech is designed to prepare reflective teachers who are ready, willing, and able to facilitate the type of systematic critical literacy work that is a vital part of preparing 21st century citizens to become thoughtful and nuanced readers of the word and the world, both past and present.

The History and Social Science (Social Studies) Education program at Virginia Tech offers:

  1. A graduate licensure program in which students earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a postgraduate professional license for History and Social Science (social studies) 6-12,
  2. PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on History and Social Science (social studies education).

The History and Social Science education program has been recognized twice as a University Exemplary Department/program for working collaboratively with the Department of History to fulfill common or complementary goals (2008) and effectively integrating ePortfolios to improve student learning (2012).


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News and Updates in History and Social Science Education

Spring

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Congratulations to Daniel Newcomb (Dual MA candidate in Curriculum and Instruction (history and social science) and History) on receiving the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science 2017 Outstanding Master Student for his outstanding research and service. Daniel will receive his award – certificate and honorarium – at the Graduate Awards Banquet on March 30, 2017.

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Congratulation to Ricky Mullins (PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction- History and Social Science) on receiving the 2017 Graduate Teaching Excellence – Assistant Award for outstanding contributions as a teaching assistant. Ricky will receive his award – plaque and honorarium – at the Graduate Awards Banquet on March 30, 2017.

 

Fall

16

Congratulations to History and Social Science Alum Chris Bunin who received the 2017 National Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year. In this post fact world Chris was reportedly heard saying “I could not have achieved this without my experiences in the History and Social Science Program at VT!”

Congratulations to PhD student Ricky Mullins. Ricky recently presented his paper entitled "A Preliminary Quantitative Analysis of the Racial and Gender Makeup of Social Studies Teachers and the "At-Risk" Students They Teach" at the College University and Faculty Assembly of the National Social Studies Conference 96th annual meeting in Washington D.C.

Nice job to those in the History and Social Science MA cohort who attended the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in Washington DC in December.

David Hicks, alongside co-authors Stephanie van Hover (UVA), Melissa Lisanti (Radford University), and Colleen Fitzpatrick (UVA), received the 2017 National Technology Leadership Initiative Award for their paper entitled “Shifting the gaze: Using Actor Network Theory to examine preservice teachers’ uses of digital technologies” at the annual conference of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Congratulations to Daniel Newcomb (Dual MA student in Curriculum and Instruction and History) for his work on The "VPI in World War One" project. The project's website is at http://vpiworldwarone.lib.vt.edu. VPI in World War One is an online project and database dedicated to the lives of of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (today called Virginia Tech) alumni who served in the First World War. A week-long digital exhibit featuring research about these VPI WWI soldiers will be on display in Newman Library during the week of November 7-11, 2016 leading up to Veterans' Day.

Congratulations to doctoral student Ricky D. Mullins! Ricky presented APUSH in the Right Direction: Standards Guide, You Decide! and Graduate Students Are Naturally Engaged, Right? at the Virginia Educational Research Associations’ Conference, which took place September 15-16, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia with Erika Nicholas (doctoral student in English Education).

Congratulations to doctoral student Ricky D.Mullins on the publication of his book review entitled “International Perspectives on History Education” in Volume 44, Issue 4 in the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for Social Studies Flagship journal Theory and Research in Social Education. Additionally, his book review of "Empire of Cotton: A Global History" by Sven Beckert has been accepted for publication in the journal Panta Rei at the University of Murcia in Spain and should be in this month's publication of the journal.

 

Spring

16

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Johnson on the defense of his PhD dissertation entitled: How is citizenship represented in Theory and Research in Social Education? A content and discourse analysis. In the Fall Dr. Johnson will join the faculty of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Pennington on the defense of her PhD dissertations entitled: Examining Holocaust education museum-initiated professional development: The perspective of museum educators during planning and implementation. In the Fall Dr. Pennington will join the faculty of the College of Education at Texas A&M International University.

 

NOV

15

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Lisa Pennington! Lisa presented Workshops that Work?: Planning Museum-Initiated Professional Development at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, which took place November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA. She also presented Using Film to Promote Historical Literacy and Genocide Awareness and Exploring WWII: artiFACTS and participants at the National Council for the Social Studies, which took place November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA. Finally, Lisa presented “The Soft Underbelly:” WWI and the Modern Middle East at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, which took place October 16-17 in Norfolk, VA.

 

NOV

15

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Aaron Johnson! Aaron presented How is citizenship represented in Theory and Research in Social Education?: A content and discourse analysis at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, which took place November 11-13 in New Orleans, LA. Aaron also presented Augmented Reality, Junior Detectives, and the C3 Inquiry Arc with David Hicks, Ricky Mullins (doctoral student), Todd Ogle, Doug Bowman, David Cline, Gurjot Singh, and Rose Zlokas at the National Council for the Social Studies, which took place November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA. Finally, Aaron presented New digital technologies and local history: Making the past visible with Kelly McPherson, Todd Ogle, David Hicks, Doug Bowman, David Cline, D., Gurjot Singh, and Rose Zlokas at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, which took place October 16-17 in Norfolk, VA.

 

NOV

15

Congratulations to doctoral student Ricky D. Mullins! Ricky presented Job Sites: Places of Transnational History and Cultural Exchange at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, which took place October 16-17 in Norfolk, VA. Ricky also presented Augmented Reality, Junior Detectives, and the C3 Inquiry Arc with Aaron Johnson (doctoral candidate), David Hicks, Todd Ogle, Doug Bowman, David Cline, Gurjot Singh, and Rose Zlokas at the National Council for the Social Studies, which took place November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA.

 

JUN

15

Congratulations to PhD candidate Ricky D. Mullins Jr. His book review titled "A Review of the Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education" has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Social Studies Research.

 

SPR

15

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Lisanti who successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled "Interaction, Power, and The Institution: Uncovering the Negotiations that Organize the Planning Work of Social Studies Teachers" May 1st 2015.

 

SPR

15

Congratulations to Sara Skubal on the publication of her book review -Making civics count: Citizenship education for a new generation, D.E., Campbell, M., Levinson, F.M., Hess (Eds.), Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA - in the Journal of Social Studies Research

 

SPR

15

Congratulation to PhD candidate Aaron Johnson who currently has a manuscript titled "Chasing Theme No. Nine: Five Practical Strategies for Making Global Connections" currently in presses with Social Studies Research and Practice (SSRP) and is scheduled to appear in SSRP's Summer 2015 Issue.  In addition Aaron co-authored a recently accepted book chapter proposal titled "Global Citizenship: Does that Include the Arabs?" - the completed chapter will appear in 21st Century Social Issues and the Social Studies a Rowman and Littlefield Publication, edited by Wayne Journell.  In April Aaron presented "Scaffolding History Learning with New Technologies" at the National Council for Public History in Nashville, Tennessee.  This presentation was part of a panel discussion pertaining to Aaron's work on a transdisciplinary project that is funded by the National Science Foundation.  More recently Aaron's co-authored presentation proposal titled "Augmented Reality, Junior Detectives, and the C3 Inquiry Arc" was accepted for presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies' annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana later this year.  Aaron has two other proposals currently under review and at the close of 2014 published his review of David Hansen's The Teacher and the World: A Study of Cosmopolitanism as Education in the journal Theory and Research in Social Education.

 

SPR

15

Lisa Pennington, and Brian Miller successfully defended their prospectus exams this spring.

 

SPR

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Ren Harman successfully defending his qualifying exams this spring.

 

 

 

Contact Information

The History and Social Science program is located in War Memorial Hall.

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400A War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Program Leader
David Hicks: hicks@vt.edu
Administrative Assistant
Sherri B. Albert:
salbert@vt.edu

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David Hicks: 540-231-8332

Sherri B. Albert: 540-231-5558


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