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Jeff Passe, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Director, M.Ed.

Office:   Hawkins Hall, Room 404D
Phone:   410-704-2345

Jeff Passe

Field of Specialization:

Social Studies Education, Curriculum,


Ph.D. University of Florida 1982 Curriculum and Instruction
M.Ed. University of Florida 1976 Elementary Education
B.A. SUNY-Albany 1974 Social Studies Education


Professional Experience:

Public School Experience
1990-92 Taught “Current Issues” at Piedmont Open Middle School, Charlotte, NC.
1976-81 Taught Fourth Grade, Idylwild Elementary School Gainesville, Florida.

Higher Education Experience
2009-2011 Professor and Chair, Department of Secondary Education, Towson University
1982-2009 Assistant. Associate, and Full Professor of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
1982-86 Assistant Professor of Education, Shepherd College, West Virginia


Selected Publications:

Passe, J. (1999) Elementary school curriculum (2nd Edition.) Boston: Macmillan

Passe, J. (1996) When students choose content: A guide to Increasing motivation, autonomy, and achievement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Recent Book Chapters
Passe, J. & Lucas, A. (2011) Social Studies Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices for Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Progress Report. In T. Lintner and W. Schweder, (Eds.) Practical Strategies for Teaching K-12 Social Studies in Inclusive Classrooms. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

Field, S., Passe, J. Webeck, M.L., & Bauml, M. (in press) Maurice P. Hunt and Lawrence E. Metcalf: Teaching High School Social Studies—Reflective Thinking, Closed Areas of Culture, Problem Solving Models and Values in Social Studies,. In S. Totten & J. Pedersen (Eds.) Teaching and studying social issues. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Passe, J. (2010) Feelings Exploration in Social Justice Education. In E. Heilman (Ed.) Social Studies and Diversity Education: What We Do and Why We Do It. NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Recent Articles
Passe, J. & Rock, T. (In press) Do elementary teacher endorse and implement higher order thinking activities? A quantitative analysis. Accepted for publication. Social Studies and the Young Learner.

Passe, J. & Patterson, N.C. (2011) Restoring Relevance to the Social Studies: An Emerging Model for Collaborative Cross-state Research. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 35(2)

Good, A.J., Heafner, T., Rock, T., O’Connor, K., Passe, J., Waring, S., Byrd, S. (2010) The De-Emphasis on Social Studies in Elementary Schools: Teacher Candidate Perspective. Current Issues in Education, 13 (4), Available on-line at

Passe, J. & Willox, L. (2009) Teaching religion in America’s public schools: A necessary disruption. The Social Studies, 100 (3), 102-106.

Passe, J. (2008) A counter-intuitive strategy: Reduce student stress by teaching current events. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 20 (3), 27-31.


Significant Elected/Appointed Positions:

President of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies, 2010

Co-editor of “International Social Studies Forum: The Series.” Titles include Democratic Education for Social Studies, Digital Geography, Religious Diversity and Children’s Literature, 2003 to Present.

President of the National Council for the Social Studies, 2005-06.
Chair of the 16-campus University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly, 2003-05.

Chair, College and University Faculty, Association of the National Council for the Social Studies, 2003-04.

Faculty President of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 1997





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