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College of Education

Mindy Spearman

Associate Professor, Elementary Area Coordinator

Office: 409-D Gantt Circle
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 8600
Ancient Civilizations ED 7380
American Educational History ED 9760
Curriculum Theory (doctoral) ED 9540
Curriculum Theory (masters) ED 8650
Multiculturalism in Education ED 405
Narrative and Historical Research (Advanced Qualitative) ED 973
Principles of American Education ED 3010
Qualitative Research EDF 9790
Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School EDEL 4870
Worldbuilding Game of Thrones HON 2020

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 sustainability

* 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