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Kelton Williams

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

J. Kelton Williams

General Interests
"My research interests generally examine our historical interpretations of the role of education and public schools in American society. This includes considering how those interpretations both influence and are influenced by our political and social identities. More specifically I focus on efforts to teach students about citizenship and how and why our understanding of "good citizenship" has changed throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The nature of how we teach the next generation about citizenship is a reflection of the collective values we hope to preserve and of the role that schools play in society."

Years at Knox: 2011 to present

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, 2011, Texas A&M University.
M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, 2007, Texas A&M University.
B.A., Political Science, 2004, Emory & Henry College.

Teaching Interests
History of education, philosophy of education, education politics, education policy, social studies education

Selected Professional Accomplishments

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Graduate Student Fellowship, 2010.
Dr. S. Fred and Nancy Thornberry Fellowship, 2010.

"God's Country: Religion and the Evolution of the Social Studies Curriculum in Texas." American Education History Journal 2010.

"From the Project Method to STEM Project-Based Learning: The Historical Context."Burlbaw, Lynn M., Mark J. Ortwein, and J. Kelton Williams. In Project-Based Learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Approach, edited by Robert M. Capraro and Scott W. Slough (Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2008).

"Reverend John Witherspoon and the Curriculum for Public Service and Social Action During the Revolutionary Era." Paper presented with Christie L. Maloyed at the annual meeting for the Organization of Education Historians, Chicago Illinois, October 7 - 8, 2011.

"It's the End of the World as We Know It: Individualism in Post-Apocalyptic Film." Paper presented with Christie L. Maloyed at the annual meeting for the American Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington, September 1 - 4, 2011.

"Creating Citizens: The Influence of Nationalism on the American Citizenship Curriculum." Paper to be presented at the Glasscock Graduate Student Colloquium, College Station, Texas, October 14, 2010.

"Turning the Page: Examining the Transition from Progressivism to Essentialism and the Consequences on Citizenship Education in the 1950s." Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Southwest Social Sciences Conference, Houston, Texas, March 31 - April 4, 2010.

"Theory and Practice: Valued Instructional Strategies as Found in County Teacher Exams." Paper presented with Lynn Burlbaw at the annual meeting for the History of Education Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22 - 25, 2009.

"Legacy of Citizenship Education Reform in the 1920s and 1930s." Paper presented at the annual meeting for Mid-American Conference of Historians, Norman, Oklahoma, September 22 - 25, 2009.

"The Secularization of the Curriculum from 1960 - 2009." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Organization of Education Historians, Chicago, Illinois, September 16 - 17, 2009.

Public Service
Organized the Graduate Student Association for Organization of Education Historians.

Member, American Education Research Association.

Member, Organization of Education Historians.

Member, History of Education Society.

Member, Organization of American Historians.

Member, American Political Science Association.

Member, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society.

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