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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5889 Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research CTL 212 , Box 206

Honors and Awards


  • Moore Public Schools site Teacher of the Year ('97, '04) and Moore Public Schools District Teacher of the Year ('04).
  • National Board Certified Teacher ('00-'17)
  • University of Oklahoma Provost’s Distinction in Teaching award for two consecutive semesters ('14).
  • James Madison Fellowship (‘00) for the study of the Constitution, 
  • OU Society for Innovative Education Fellowship (’13)
  • Mount Vernon Lifeguard Fellowship (‘13) for the study of George Washington.
  • UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Collaborative Teamwork Award, 2015
  • UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Collaborative Teamwork Award, 2016
  • UCO College of Education and Professional Studies Emergent Faculty Award, 2018

Education and Certifications

University of Oklahoma:  B.S. History ('94)

MA (Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum ('03)

Ph.D. (Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum ('14)

National Board Certification (2000-2017)

Oklahoma State Department of Education Teaching Certificate

1994-2015 Secondary Social Studies

Classes Taught

Foundations of American Education

Educational Assessment

Educational Sociology

Developmental Psychology

Educational Research

Social Studies Methods


Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research ('14-present)

Coordinator of School Partnerships, College of Education and Professional Studies ('13-'14)

University of Oklahoma Adjunct Instructor, Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education,  ILAC ('00-'12)

Moore Public Schools, Secondary Social Studies teacher ('94-'12)

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


  • Pennington, K. 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. Forthcoming 2020.
  • 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.



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