Before coming to Gettysburg, Dave Powell taught high school social studies for six years in suburban Atlanta, where he earned a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004. He likes the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs and has a not insignificant amount of Tribe Pride; he spends his free time questioning the judgment of umpires and listening to music, especially of the protest variety. He lives in Gettysburg with a strong woman and four above average children—just please don't ask for the test scores to prove it.

Dr. Powell shares his many opinions in a variety of ways. His writing has appeared in the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he writes a regular column for Education Week as "The K-12 Contrarian." He is also on Medium.


FYS 143-2: "This Machine Kills Fascists!":  Protest Music & Social Change in the American Experience (Syllabus)

Education 199: Foundations of Education

Education 306: Teaching Social Studies

Education 377: Education Policy & Politics

Education 405: Student Teaching Seminar

Scholarship & Publications

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Dave  Powell

Dave Powell
Associate Professor, Education

Phone: (717) 337 - 6552

Box: Campus Box 0396

Address: Weidensall Hall 101

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD University of Georgia, 2008
MEd University of Georgia, 2000
BA College of William & Mary, 1996

Academic Focus:
Teaching History & Social Studies, Education Policy, Philosophy of Education

Scholarship & CV