News & Announcements
News & Announcements

A biannual newsletter of the AERA Social Studies Research SIG

Reflections on AERA 2016

The 2016 AERA Annual Conference was in Washington, D.C. The Social Studies Research SIG hosted a collection of engaging sessions and paper presentations related to social studies education. Our SIG program included 4 symposia (17 papers), 3 paper sessions (14 papers), 4 roundtables (18 papers), and 1 poster session (9 papers).

At our SIG business meeting, the keynote address, “Why So Few Large Scale Observation Studies in Social Studies? (And Why We Should Want More!)” was delivered by David Gerwin (Queens College) and Cinthia Salinas (University of Texas––Austin).

Brett Miller Levy (University at Albany––SUNY), Annaly Rebeccah Babb-Gueraa (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Sean Owczarek (University of Wisconsin-Madison) won the Outstanding Paper Award for their paper, “How Can Youth Become Both Politically Engaged and Politically Open-Minded?: Processes, Outcomes, and Challenges in the ‘Legislative Semester’ Program.”

Chris Clark (University of Minnesota) won the Graduate Student Travel Award.

The business meeting was followed by a lively and well-attended social hour at City Tap House.

From the Board

We wish to thank the 2015-2016 Social Studies SIG Board for their dedication and leadership to our community over the past year.

Additional thanks are extending to members of our community who reviewed proposals for the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The SIG received 101 submissions (86 paper proposals and 15 session proposals).

We look forward to another strong program for our 2017 meeting in San Antonio, TX. The Annual Conference is set for April 27-May 1, 2017. Reviews for the upcoming conference are now closed and the program is in process.

Don’t forget to renew your SIG membership! Dues are $10.

Membership News

Dr. Sohyun An, an assistant professor in the College of Education at Kennesaw State University, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award from the Kennesaw State University Foundation. The award honors the cumulative contributions of an early-career scholar who demonstrates “exceptional contributions during the first seven (7) years of their career.”

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded a $99,947 grant to Dr. Brad Maguth of The University of Akron's Department of Curricular & Instructional Studies to scale and expand a successful school-based youth mentorship program for the 2016-17 academic year. This initiative brings together community partners to coordinate, implement, and monitor a districtwide mentorship program serving academically vulnerable youth in Northeast Ohio. University of Akron undergraduate and graduate education majors serve as trained adult community mentors to youth in 7th, 10th and 11th grades.

John P. Broome Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Mary Washington, was recognized with the institution's 2016 Graduate Faculty Award. This honor recognizes an exceptional faculty member for distinguished excellence in teaching, scholarship and university leadership. Broome teaches Introduction to Teaching and Learning, Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Methods, Classroom Management and Education Research with a focus on equity, privilege and diversity in schools.

Don McClure completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education at Michigan State University. In May 2016, he successfully defended his dissertation titled, "'They Look at Your Color': Children of Nigerian Immigrants in the Republic of Ireland and Their Beliefs and Expressions of Being Irish." In September 2016, he began his post as Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

Position Announcements

Assistant Professor, Elementary Social Studies: Tenure-track position currently open at Iowa State University. Apply online at Search for Posting Number 600161. To ensure consideration, submit application by October 15, 2016. Questions regarding the vacancy should be directed to Dr. Isaac Gottesman, Search Chair,

Associate/Full Professor, New Literacies and Immigrant Learners: University of Arizona seeks a mid-level to senior scholar for its open position. For more information, visit the University of Arizona’s website at

Assistant/Associate Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood Education: Tenure-track position currently open at Penn State University-Altoona. Apply online at

News from the Web

ICPSR has created a new archive of data drawn from the multiple disciplines researching civic education and involvement, funded through a grant from the Spencer Foundation. We are pleased to announce the launch of CivicLEADS– Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing – and its website at You are invited to visit this new resource for researchers who

explore diverse topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements. Data and resources are added regularly, so please be

sure to sign up for the mailing list <>. If you have conducted a study or know of an existing study which would make an excellent addition to CivicLEADS, please read more about how to share your data <> and contact David Bleckley <> to recommend a study. </>

Our #sschat co-leaders would like to invite members of the Social Studies Research SIG to engage in conversations online via the #sschat network by sharing their work on Twitter using the #sschat hashtag, participate in Monday night moderated chats at 7pm EST, join in discussions on Facebook (, and visit our website at Engaging in conversations in these online spaces can provide you and your students opportunities to learn from and with classroom teachers from around the country and world. We hope to see you online! –– Dan Krutka, Melissa Seideman, Chris Hitchcock, and Michael Milton, #sschat co-leaders


Join the College and University Faculty Assembly, National Council for the Social Studies for its annual conference, November 30-December 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Please consider joining the CUFA and CUFA Grad Forum Facebook pages to stay current with CUFA news.



The Social Studies Research SIG looks forward to connecting with you at the 2017 College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting.  Join us in San Francisco, CA, on Wednesday, November  15-17, 2017. 

For more information, please visit the CUFA website.


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