John Moore, Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University has been elected vice president of National Council for the Social Studies. Dr. Moore will begin his term July 1, 2010 and is in line to serve as president of NCSS in 2012.
Dr. Moore has served on the faculty of Western Kentucky University for the past 19 years, and has previously taught middle level social studies in Lexington, Kentucky and high school social studies in North Dakota. He has served as a member of the NCSS board of directors and in the leadership of the Kentucky Council for the Social Studies as secretary, vice president and president. Dr. Moore has most recently been chair of the NCSS Task Force for the Recruitment of Underrepresented Groups.
Dr. Moore believes that it is important that social studies educators have professional growth opportunities and that NCSS continue to argue for the significance of social studies in the curriculum. "As social studies educators, it is our responsibility to remain abreast of innovative ways to prepare students for civic competence. In spite of the economic difficulties that have confronted our school systems, institutions, and our professional organization, it is imperative that we continue to advocate the ideals and purposes of social studies education."
NCSS membership also elected four candidates to three-year terms on the NCSS Board of Directors: Kim O'Neil, Liverpool Elementary School, Liverpool, NY; Peggy Jackson, Moriarity High School, Moriarity, NM ; Melissa Collum, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; and Marian Desrosiers, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.
Frederick Isele, Western Illinois University, Moline, IL was elected to the board of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education.
NCSS members approved two amendments to the NCSS Constitution. The first amendment removed the requirement that elections be administered by mail ballot. This will allow NCSS to explore conducting future elections via Internet. The second amendment changed the procedure for filling vacancies that occur in the offices of vice president, president-elect, or president. Under the new procedure, an interim officer will nominated by the NCSS Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors to fill the remainder of the officer's term.