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Associate Professor/Chair

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5889 Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research CTL 214 , Box 206

Education and Certifications


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2014

Major:  Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum

Degree Specialization:  Social Studies Education

Dissertation Title:  Why Wage War?  Global Education in the Middle School Classroom

Advisor:  Dr. Neil Houser

M.Ed, University of Oklahoma, 2003

Major:  Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum

Degree Specialization: Social Studies Education 

B.S, University of Oklahoma, 1994

Major:  History

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Pennington, K. (2020) Developing critically conscious and wide-awake teachers:  Advocacy and urban educators.  In Ethridge, E.A., Davis, J.M.and Winterbottom, E.  (Eds.) Advocacy in Education:  Research-Based Strategies for Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and the Community.  New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 

Pennington, K., (2018) Consumption. In Krutka, D. & Whitlock A.M. (Eds.) Keywords in the Social Studies:  Concepts and Conversations (pp. 237-247). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publisher.

Houser, N. O., Krutka, D. G., Province Roberts, R., Pennington, K., & Faili Coerver, N. (2017). Navigating the reform–accountability culture in Oklahoma Social studies. Theory & Research in Social Education, 45(1), 7-42.

Pennington, K. (2014). Creating a visionary commons for global education. The Ohio Social Studies Review, 51(1).

Woglom, L., & Pennington, K. (2010). The Bystander's dilemma: how can we turn our students into upstanders? Social Education, 74(5), 254-258

Honors and Awards

UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Emergent Faculty Award, 2018

UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Collaborative Teamwork Award, 2016

UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Collaborative Teamwork Award, 2015

University of Oklahoma Provost’s Distinction in Teaching award, 2013 & 2014

Mount Vernon Lifeguard Fellowship for the study of George Washington, 2013

OU Society for Innovative Education Fellowship, 2013

James Madison Fellowship for the study of the Constitution, 2000

Moore Public Schools site Teacher of the Year, 1997 & 2004 

Moore Public Schools District Teacher of the Year, 2004


Associate Professor, Educational Sciences, Foundations, and Research, 2020 - present

Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research, 2014-2020

Coordinator of School Partnerships, College of Education and Professional Studies, 2013-2014

Social Studies Specialist, K20 Center @ the University of Oklahoma, 2012-2013

University of Oklahoma Adjunct Instructor, Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education,  ILAC 2000-2012

Moore Public Schools, Secondary Social Studies teacher, 1994-2014

Classes Taught

Foundations of American Education

Educational Assessment

Educational Sociology

Developmental Psychology

Designing Instruction

Educational Research

Social Studies Methods

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