School of Education

Faculty/Staff Profiles

Mindy Spearman

Associate Professor, Elementary Area Coordinator

Office: 409-D Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-2078
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin 2006

M.A. Classics
The University of Texas at Austin 1999

B.A. Classics and History
Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) 1997


Dr. Spearman is interested in social studies education, the historical foundations of education, sustainability education and the creative arts.

She currently serves as Coordinator of Elementary Education. Dr. Spearman is a Past-President of the Organization of Educational Historians and is counselor for the local Mu Upsilon chapter of the Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Courses Taught

Action Research ED 860
Ancient Civilizations ED 738
American Educational History ED F 872
Curriculum Theory and Development EDEL 760/EDSEC 765
Multiculturalism in Education ED 405
Narrative and Historical Research (Advanced Qualitative) ED 973
Principles of American Education EDF 301
Qualitative Research ED 879
Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School EDEL 487

Research Interests

* American Educational History, especially the history of in-service education, including teachers' institutes, reading circles and state educational periodicals.

* Understanding artifacts and objects in elementary classrooms, archaeology education, the intersections of art and social studies

* Teaching about social issues--especially environmental issues and sustainablity

* Historical research methods, including archival research, educational biography, oral history and public history.


Organization of Educational Historians
ILEP International Leaders in Education Program
The Clemson Arts Center
Maymester in Carpi