Daniel G. Krutka, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where he joined the faculty in 2017. His research interests concern citizenship education and the role participatory media might play in cultivating more democratic educational experiences. Dr. Krutka has authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and he is an editor for "Keywords in the Social Studies: Concepts and Conversations" published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2018. To these ends, he was awarded the 2016 Early Career Award by the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning SIG of AERA and the 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. He is a past Chair for the Social Studies Research SIG of AERA and is a board member for the College and University Faculty Assembly. He is also a board member for the non-profit #sschat network and a co-host of the Visions of Education podcast. In additions to teaching high school social studies in Oklahoma City for six years, he completed his undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma.
Amanda E. Vickery is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education/Race in Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary social studies methods. Her research focuses on how Black women teachers utilize experiential and community knowledge to reconceptualize the construct of citizenship. Additionally, she explores Black women as critical citizens within the U.S. civic narrative. Her scholarship has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Urban Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Social Studies Research, Multicultural Perspectives, Gender and Education, The High School Journal, Social Studies Research and Practice, and The International Journal of Multicultural Education. Dr. Vickery is active in the social studies community serving on the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) as the Social Justice Chair and board liaison to the Scholars of Color Faculty Forum of CUFA. She is also an Affiliate Faculty Board Member for the K-12 Black History Research Consortium for the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education. Dr. Vickery is a former middle school social studies teacher.
After teaching in K-12 public schools for 25 years, Dr. Carol Wickstrom became a university faculty member in 2000. At UNT, she teaches literacy courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the Language, Literacy, Bilingual and ESL Program. As Director of the North Star of Texas Writing Project, she studies Culturally Mediated Writing Instruction in grades 6-12 English/Language Arts classrooms and supports teachers in these classrooms in their own teacher research. She received the 2009-2010 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the UNT College of Education, the 2011 Jean Greenlaw Literacy Award from the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, and the J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.