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Jeremy Hilburn, Lisa Buchanan Assume Leadership Roles at NCPSSE

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Watson College assistant professor Jeremy Hilburn was named president of the North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education (NCPSSE) at the group's annual meeting in Greensboro in February. WCE assistant professor Lisa Buchanan was named NCPSSE president-elect.

Hilburn teaches middle grades social studies at the college, and Buchanan teaches courses in the elementary education program. Both have been active in NCPSSE for the past several years. In their new roles as president and president-elect, they are responsible for planning the 2015 NCPSSE Research Conference to be held this summer and the organization's annual meeting held at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS) Annual State Conference each February. They will also facilitate videoconferences and other communication to foster a sharing of knowledge and collaboration among members throughout the year.

The focus of NCPSSE is on teaching and research. Membership is comprised of university faculty from across the state who come together to share work and collaborate on research, pedagogy and public policy as it relates to issues of social studies education and citizenship.

Lisabuchanan2Hilburn and Buchanan are looking to grow NCPSSE's reach and impact in the state by bringing more graduate students into the organization as members and researchers, Hilburn said. Other goals are to encourage and help facilitate more statewide research studies, and to continue to promote research conducted by NCPSSE members at the state and national levels.

"Currently, most social studies research is conducted locally, but findings can be more robust and powerful when they are conducted in multiple locations," Hilburn said. He cited collaborative work Buchanan is doing with faculty at East Carolina University and Appalachian State University to study elementary students' perceptions of the civil rights movement as an example of the type of collaborative research he hopes to encourage.

Hilburn said NCPSSE is a dynamic group and its members are active not only in North Carolina but also nationally, through the American Educational Research Association (AERA) social studies Special Interest Group (SIG), and the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), which is an affiliate group of the National Council for the Social Studies. Hilburn currently serves as nominations and elections chair of AERA's social studies SIG, and Wayne Journell, of the University of North Carolina Greensboro and NCPSSE member, is SIG program chair.

For information about the North Carolina Professors of Social Studies, visit http://ncpsse.weebly.com