Douglas Selwyn, EdD Resume

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To support teachers in bringing social justice and equity to all students, and to help new teachers provide their students the opportunity to explore interests and passions while learning the skills and dispositions of life long learners and engaged citizens.


  • Doctor of Educational Leadership. Seattle University,1991.
  • Doctoral Dissertation: “Using the Arts to Teach Content in Secondary Social Studies Classrooms.”
    Master of Social Work, University of Washington, 1983.
  • Bachelor of Science, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1970.
  • Studied clowning, improvisation, and arts in education at Hayes/Marshall School (Portland), Fools Only Theater School (Seattle), and University of Washington.


  • August, 2007-Present. Associate Professor of Education, Plattsburgh State University. Teach courses in social studies methods, literacy/writing across the curriculum, integrated curriculum. Part of team developing new, integrated teacher education program.
  • September, 2000- March, 2006. Core Faculty, Graduate Teacher Certification program, Antioch University Seattle. Taught Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies Methods, Research Methods, human development, and supervised student teachers. Chaired Graduate Teacher Preparation day program.
  • 1997-present. Instructor, Puget Sound Writing Project Summer Open Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • 1983-2000 Teacher, Seattle Public Schools. Assignments included elementary and middle school generalist positions, high school social studies and language arts, and middle school math.
  • 1995-1998 Consulting Teacher, Seattle Public Schools. Served as a mentor teacher in the S.T.A.R. (Staff Training, Assistance, and Review). This was a full time assignment; we were pulled from our classrooms to work as mentors with first year teachers (and veterans who were struggling).
  • Summer 2000. Instructor, Heritage College Master in Teaching Program, Seattle, WA. Curriculum and Instruction.
  • 1993-2000. Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington, Bothell. Social Studies Methods, Integrating the Arts in the Content Classroom, Media and Education, Integrating Curriculum.
  • Spring, Summer 1992. Adjunct Faculty/Guest instructor, Antioch University, Seattle. Using Integrated Curriculum, Arts Methods, Philosophy of Education.
  • 1991-1994. Guest instructor, School of Music, University of Washington. Integrating Theater Arts into Music Education.


  • Workshop developer and leader, Local Access. Local Access is a multi-ethnic consortium of theater artists and educators whose mission is to create opportunities in and through the arts. Projects include preparing and conducting workshops for teachers, parents, and education students in using the arts to teach curriculum content; teaching with multi-ethnic populations; and developing multicultural curricula, 1983-present. Clients have included Seattle Community College District, Seattle University, South Seattle Community College, Washington State Council for Social Studies, Seattle School District, University of Washington School of Social Work, University of Washington Department of Romance Languages. Presented workshops at the Multicultural Institute, Seattle School District, summer 1992, 1993.
  • Pasadena United School District. Assisted staff and administration of Washington Middle School in identifying priorities, refocusing, and planning for upcoming change to an International Baccalaureate school.
  • Curriculum consultant, Seattle Public Schools. Member of curriculum writing team rewriting world history curriculum with global, multicultural, multi-ethnic emphasis, 1985-88.
  • Curriculum consultant and designer for Densho Project. Helped Densho design their educational web site, and created curriculum for Roger Shimomura exhibit. 2004-present. Developed units on Constitutional Issues and on Research designed to meet the requirements for the Washington State Classroom Based Assessments (2007), and a unit dealing with issues connected to immigration (2008).
  • Member of the Washington State Panel for Arts Assessment, charged with the task of developing document addressing alternative assessment in the arts. Document (Does It Count?) published in September, 1993.
  • Member of Washington State social studies committee charged with the task of revising the state EALRs, developing a model curriculum, and an assessment document, K-12.
  • Co-chair of the Seattle Public Schools social studies frameworks committee. The committee was charged with the task of creating a social studies framework, K-12, for the school district. 1988-89.
  • Member of elementary textual adoption committee for Seattle School District, 1997-1998 school year.


  • Keynote speaker, Washington State Council for the Social Studies, k-8 retreat. February 2006.
  • Presenter at National Council for the Social Studies national conference, 1994-98. 2005, 2006, 2009.
  • Presenter, Washington State Council for the Social Studies state retreat at Lake Chelan, Washington, 1998-2003, 2005, 2006.
  • Keynote Speaker, Idaho Council for the Social Studies State Conference, October, 1996.


  • Following the Threads: Bringing Inquiry Research into the Classroom. 2009. Peter Lang Publishing.
  • History in the Present Tense. (Written with Jan Maher). September 2003, Heinemann Publishing.
  • Social Studies at the Center. (Written with Tarry Lindquist). February 2000, Heinemann Publishing.
  • Living History in the Classroom (1993), Zephyr Press. A methods text for teaching social studies and the humanities through the arts.
  • Using the Arts and Humanities to Teach Social Studies, published by National Council for Social Studies, March, 1995.
  • I co wrote (with Jan Maher) a series of workbooks for Turman Publishing Company, in Seattle. We wrote six of these workbooks, which were written at a third/fourth grade reading level, but offered content suitable for older students with reading challenges. The first six books of this workbook series on ethnic Americans are currently in print. They are: African Americans, Japanese Americans, Irish Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans. The rights to the books are now owned by Educational Design Incorporated, in New York.
  • “Highly Quantified Teachers,” in Teacher Education Journal, v58(2) March/April 2007.
  • “From Multiple Perspectives Comes Interdisciplinary Connections,” in Social Studies Review, Spring-Summer 2006.
  • “Teacher Education Left Behind,” in Rethinking Schools, winter 2006.
  • “Using the Arts and Humanities to Teach Social Studies,” in Social Education, February, 1995.
  • “McEducation: Keeping the Kids on Track.” In Theory and Research in Social Education, Spring 2000.
  • “Practicing Democracy” in Democracy in Education. June/July 2000.
  • Member of a writing team for the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Developers. The team developed and wrote Chapter 8, “Fine and Performing Arts,” in the Curriculum Handbook for Principals and Administrators. The chapter was published in February, 1993
  • Inhabiting History (co-authored with Jan Maher) – a manual for teachers of Washington State History published by the Museum of History and Industry, 1991.
  • Teacher to Teacher Activity Network. Sections of my book Living History in the Classroom were adapted by Prentice Hall into a booklet that is part of a resource packet teachers receive when they purchase US History textbooks. Prentice Hall did this in 1996.


  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Washington State Council for the Social Studies (past president)
  • New York State Council for the Social Studies


  • University of Washington Public Education Advisory Board charged with the task of starting up and overseeing the teacher certification program at the Bothell campus of the University of Washington.
  • Washington State Council for the Social Studies. Member of the Board (and past board president) 1996-2007, when I moved to NY.
  • Seattle School District Curriculum and Instructional Advisory Committee. May 2006-present.
  • Current member of Puget Sound Writing Project Advisory Board. 2004-2007 (until I moved to NY).
  • Current board member of Global Source, an organization of educators and community activists focused on living and learning in a sustainable manner.
  • Current board member of the Rouge Forum, a national organization of educators and activists.


Washington State Social Studies Teacher of the Year, 1990-1991


  • Dr. Tina Dawson, Antioch University Seattle. Former director of the Center for Programs in Education, current core faculty member in the program. Tina was my program director at Antioch for several years, and a prime teaching partner for the six years I was at Antioch. 206 268 4608
  • Dr. Ed Mikel, Antioch University Seattle. Former interim director of the Center for Programs in Education, current core faculty member in the program. 206 468 4617.
  • Dr. Jane van Galen. University of Washington, Bothell Campus. Former director for the education program, current professor of education. Jane was my director when I taught as an adjunct at UW Bothell. I also served on the PEAB at UW Bothell when she was director. 425 352 5332.
  • Dr. Rosalie Romano, Western Washington University. Professor of Education, chair of the CARE program. Rosalie and I worked together in Seattle Public Schools, and as members of the Washington State Council for the Social Studies. Rosalie also conducted research for her doctoral dissertation in my public school classroom. 740 593 4961.
  • Dr. Susie Murphy. Principal of Beacon Hill Elementary School, Seattle. Susie was the chair of the Graduate Teacher Preparation Program at Antioch when I arrived, so she served as my boss. We also taught the master’s sequence together. 206 252 2705.