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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), 
  • OU Society for Innovative Education Fellowship (’13)
  • Mount Vernon Lifeguard Fellowship (‘13) for the study of George Washington.

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)

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.



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