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Field to Receive National Award

Dr. Sherry Field, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Dr. Sherry Field, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).
 
Field (photographed) will be presented with the award in November during the 92nd annual conference of the NCSS in Seattle, Wash.
 
She was chosen for the honor based upon her research paper “Elementary and Secondary Social Studies: An Imperative for Teaching and Research.”

Field will present the award-winning paper on Nov. 16 as part of the NCSS conference.
 
According to the NCSS Web site, the Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research in Social Studies Award “recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant areas of social studies education through meritorious research.”
 
Field joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as professor of curriculum and instruction and dean of the College of Education on Sept. 1.

She previously served as associate dean for teacher education, student affairs and administration in the University of Texas at Austin College of Education.
 
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Field, who noted that the recognition has special meaning because one of her college professors --- Dr. O.L. Davis Jr. --- was the first recipient of the Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research in Social Studies Award.
 
In addition, one of Field’s mentees and research partners --- Mary Ledbetter, fifth grade teacher at the University of Texas Elementary School --- will receive the NCSS Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher Award at the NCSS conference in November.

Field holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

A member of the University of Texas faculty from 2001-2012, Field was the Catherine Mae Parker Centennial Professor in Education on the Austin campus.

She has taught and served as an administrator in K-12 education in Arkansas and Texas. Her previous faculty appointments included stints at the University of Colorado-Denver and at the University of Georgia, where she earned a Glickman Fellowship in 2000.

Field is a former editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner and a former chair of the College and University Faculty Association Executive Board of the National Council for the Social Studies.
 
In addition to the paper that earned her the national award, Field will also present the following papers during the 92nd annual conference of the NCSS:

  • “Social Studies, Language Arts and Social Action: Learning From a Fifth Grade Teacher”
  • "Japan and the United States: Learning From a Japanese and an American Teacher and Each Nation’s Textbook Portrayals About the Other”
  • “Becoming Integrated Thinkers: Cases From Elementary Classrooms”

For more information about the Arkansas Tech College of Education, visit www.atu.edu/education or call (479) 964-3217.

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