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Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth

Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth



Brown Hall 208

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Joined Northwest in 2021

Assistant Professor


  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies Education (2017)
  • M.A. in History from University of Central Missouri (2010)
  • B.S. in Social Studies Education from Central Missouri State University (2003)


  • Building Level Administrator License for secondary grades (2021)
  • Kansas Teaching Certificate for History, Government and Social Studies 6-12 (2017)
  • Missouri Lifetime Teaching License in Social Studies Secondary Grades (2003)

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • EDCI 62220 Designing Integrated Curriculum
  • EDCI 62222 Social Studies in Elementary School
  • EDCI 62223 Delivering Integrated Curriculum

Graduate Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 61689 Leading in the Digital Age
  • EDUC 61653 Trends and Issues in Curriculum + Instruction
  • EDUC 61697 Academic Inquiry

Academic Interests

  • Racial Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teaching with Primary Sources 

Scholarly Activity

Recent publications:

  • Ellsworth, T.M. & Waring, S. (in press). Enacting Racial Pedagogical Content Knowledge via Primary Sources: A Study of Blockbusting in the United States. Social Education.
  • Ellsworth, T.M. (expected publication late fall 2021). Can I believe what I learn at a museum or historical site? Challenging the dominant narrative. In S. Waring (Ed.), A methods textbook for pre-service social studies teachers. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress.
  • Ellsworth, T.M. (in press). How are we connected to those in the past? S. Waring (Ed). National Council for the Social Studies.
  • Ellsworth, T. M., Stigall, J., & Walker, A. (2019). Remembering the Ladies: Connect to Local Women's History using Storytelling. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 31(3), 14-18.
Recent presentations:
  • Ellsworth, T.M. & Burgard, K.B. (Nov. 2021). The 19th Amendment: A Betrayal of Women of Color. 101st Annual National Council for the Social Studies Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Vickery, A., Rodriguez, N., Sell, C., Carano, K., & Ellsworth, T.M (Nov. 2021). Teaching Asian-American history and current events. Annual College and University Faculty Assembly Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ellsworth, T.M. (July 2021). Pedagogies for teaching with primary sources. Races United REAL Project Workshop. Lee’s Summit, MO

Other Professional Experiences

  • National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors (2020-present)
  • Writer for the Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium from the Library of Congress (2019-present)
  • K12 Social Studies Coordinator for Olathe Public Schools (2017-2021)
  • Former Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (2016-2017)
  • Middle and High School Social Studies Teacher (2003-2011)


  • 2019 National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year (NSSSA)