Interdisciplinary Studies

Dave Powell

Associate Professor




Campus Box 0396


Weidensall Hall
Room 111
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

Dave Powell earned his A.B. in History at the College of Willliam & Mary before earning graduate degrees in Education at the University of Georgia. From 2000-07 he was a teacher of high school history and social studies in Gwinnett County, Ga., where he also earned a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004. At Gettysburg College he has twice been appointed as chair of the Education Department and also served as chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently the Director of the First-Year Seminar program.

Teaching Scholarship & Governance

Dr. Powell's scholarly work focuses on teaching and teacher education, placing particular emphasis on how teachers come to know and understand the subjects they teach and how they communicate that knowledge to students. He is also interested in the American blues and folk music traditions, and teaches a First-Year Seminar, "'This Machine Kills Fascists!': Protest Music & Social Change in the American Experience," that focuses on the role political music has played in shaping American values and aspirations. His courses combine explorations of history and politics to help students reframe their understanding of American life and culture.

He has twice served as project director of a teacher development workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Landmarks of American History & Culture program. That workshop, "On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History & Memory," was last held in the summer of 2022. More information is available at Dr. Powell also served as the faculty director of the Gettysburg in England program in 2017.

View Dr. Powell's CV by clicking here. You can also view his published work in Gettysburg's institutional repository, The Cupola, or on his website.

Courses Taught