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NCSSM Humanities Department. Scholarship and Service Activities. Professional Organizations. President, North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education (1996-1998) Board of Directors North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (1981 to present)

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ncssm humanities department

NCSSM Humanities Department

Scholarship and Service Activities

professional organizations
Professional Organizations

President, North Carolina Professors of Social

Studies Education (1996-1998)

  • Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (1981 to present)
  • The Southeast Regional Social Studies Conference (1985-1990)
  • National Association for Science, Technology and Society (1992-1996)
  • Chair, North Carolina Music Educators' Association Orchestra Section (2006-2008)
  • Board of Friends of Durham Library
Illinois School of Math and Science Perspectives

Program External Evaluator - (1999)

  • Rockefeller Brothers Minority Teaching Fellowship

Program Mentor - (1997-98)

  • Japan Foundation - Close Up Grant to Visit Japan

to Study/Education and Politics (1992)

  • Member, American Philological Association Outreach Division (2001-2005); member, Outreach Prize Subcommittee (2003-2005, chair 2004).
  • Board of Trustees Durham Library; Chair Policies Committee, DCL
  • Convener and Treasurer for the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers.
Site Host—
  • N. C. Eastern Regional All-State High School Orchestra
  • N. C. Eastern Regional All-State Middle School Orchestra
  • N. C. Central All-District Middle School Band
  • N. C. Central District Middle School Band Contest Festival
  • Chair, Sight-reading Committee, N.C. Central District Band Auditions
  • Various poems in La Naska Fasko (Esperanto),

Volume 33, July 2002, SIT

  • CD of Original Music for Electric Violin, "Simple Gifts" 2004
  • “A Drumstick’s Story”, parts 15 & 16, published in News from Indian Country, June 2006 and January 2007.
  • “Robert Munford” Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900, ed Bain and Flora, Greenwood Press, 1987
  • Solicited article, “Distinct Yet Inseparable,” C. G. Jung Society of Atlanta Newsletter
  • Published poems "Eighty-Three" and “Old Alice” in The Lyricist, the literary journal for Campbell University (2003)
Creative nonfiction: "Daily Bread," Tastes of Italia

magazine, March 2005.

  • Invited article: "Greek Myth and Popular Culture."

Classical World 98.2 (2005).

  • "The Long Conversation: Lewis Simpson and the Archaeology of Mind." The Southern Review 42 (2006),
  • Biannual Column: "The Classical Buzz," Amphora (official American Philological Association outreach magazine). June 2004-October 2005.
  • Website: Teenage Heroes: A Young People’s Guide to Greek Mythology."
  • Releasing An Imprisoned Spirit. Maryland: Hamilton Books, 2007.
Teacher's Manual for an Advanced Placement Courses:
  • United States History
  • European History
  • United States Government and Politics
  • Teaching Social Studies: Handbook of Trends, Issues, and Implications for the Future. Hartford: Greenwood Press, 1993.
  • "Women's History and the National Standards for World History: A Secondary Teacher's Perspective." Journal of Women's History, 9 (Autumn 1997): 154-160.
  • "Distance Learning: One School's Experience on the Information Highway," The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education. (Winter 1997/1998), Vol. IX, Number 2: 89-100.
  • Weblog: Breakfast with Pandora. A resource for ancient and comparative mythology, travel, food, education. 2005-current.
major presentations at conferences and meetings
Major Presentations at Conferences and Meetings
  • Invited Address: "The Iliad: Ancient Greek Bible." Before the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh NC, 2004.
  • American String Teachers' Association National Conference, Detroit, MI, "Science and Math in the Orchestra Classroom”, 2007
  • Convocation Speaker N. C. Governor’s School West
  • Panel Duke University “Ph.D’s in Public School Teaching”
  • Speaker - The Fluent Computer Program, AATG Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, 1995
"The Learn-More Teach More Grant," National Council for

the Social Studies, Washington, D.C., December, 2006

  • "Cartographic Texts: Defining the Human with Historic

Maps: Africa and North America,“

  • “Teaching Contemporary Novels in American Literature”, NCTE, 2003
  • “Captivity Narratives” National Council of Teachers of English (94, 95, 97)
  • Workshop Presenter : "Mythology 101 for Christian Writers: Climbing the Story Tree." Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, 2002.
  • Invited respondent : "Navigating the Shoals" a panel on secondary and higher education in the Classics at the American Philological Association 104th annual meeting. 2002.
  • Panel (organizer, presider): Myth Understood: Practical Approaches to Teaching Myth Theory.” American Philological Association (APA) Committee on Education, San Diego, 2001.
National Council for the Social Studies Presentations
  • Washington, DC, 1996; Anaheim, CA, 1998; Orlando, FL, 1999; Baltimore, MD, 2004; Kansas City, 2005; Washington, DC, 2006
  • North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Presentations
  • (too many to list)
  • AP Consultant / Reader – AP United States History Examination 2000-2005
  • AP Teaching and Learning Conference for Southern Regional Office of College Board, 2004 Miami, and 2005, 2006 Atlanta
  • Guest Conductor, Maryland Jr. All State Orchestra, 2006
  • Guest Conductor, NC Eastern Regional Jr. Orchestra, 2004
  • Guest Conductor, NC Western Regional Jr. Orchestra, 2007
grants endowments received
Grants, Endowments Received
  • National Humanities Center Grant for NCSSM Staff

Development Project Director – (1993-1994)

  • "Learn More/Teach More"--a $1-million-dollar grant

from the U.S. Department of Education, 2003-2006

  • Han-Liles Photography Endowment. Established by Chris Han, NCSSM Class of 1984 to support the darkroom photography program at NCSSM. $30,000.
  • Distance Learning Grant to teach a web-based course in Music Technology for N.C. Music Educators
  • "The Embodied Presidency"--a $1-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, 2006-2010
Scholarship Spanish Embassy - Course on Spanish Language and Culture at the Universidade da Coruña, A Coruña, Galicia, España July 5-23, 1999.
  • NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship,"Cartography and Ancient Maps," Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, June-July 2005
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminar for Elementary and Secondary School Educators and Professionals, to Greece and Cyprus, May-June 2005.
  • NCSSM visual archives/Slide Show Preservation Fund established by the NCSSM Class of 1986 at their 20th class reunion. $90,000.
awards students have won
Awards Students Have Won
  • N. C. All-State Honors Orchestra, Band, Chorus
  • NC Governor’s School in Music
  • Durham Herald Front Page Award, Foreign Language (twice)
  • Honorable Mentions in fiction contests (2004, 2005), and

nonfiction contest (2002).

  • First, Second, Third Place, and Director’s Choice Award in the annual Black-and-White Photography Competition sponsored by Durham Family Counseling Services, February 2006.
  • 1st Place Regional Winner for VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Essay Contest
  • Economic Challenge - N.C. Champion – Adam Smith Division

Two Students tied for top score in the state – regional and in Philadelphia

  • Speech and Debate Competitions – 1st and 2nd Place
  • Honorable Mention Delegates and Best Delegate Awards for Model United Nations Competitions at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Georgia, Appalachian State University, National Model UN Conference – New York
faculty awards
Faculty Awards
  • National Board Certification
  • Social Studies-History, Art, French, English, Music
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Robert and Katherine Sawyer Teaching Award, Duke University, TIP, 1996
  • National Council for the Social Studies President’s Award, 1999
  • National Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year, 2000
  • National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Service Award, 1986
NCSU's Graduate Thesis Award for the Humanities (2007)
  • NCSU's Humanities Nomination for the Southern Conference of Graduate Schools Thesis Award (2008)
  • Patrick Henry Medal for Meritorious Service
  • 1st place in the category of Video Art in Slovenia, 2000
  • Martin Luther King “Keeper of the Dream” Award, 2002
  • Who's Who in American Education, 1988-1989,

1994-1995 editions

  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1994,

1999 - 2005 editions