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

Before coming to Gettysburg in 2008, 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. 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.

Teaching Scholarship & Governance

Dr. Powell's scholarly work focuses on teaching and teacher education, with particular emphasis placed on how teachers come to know and understand the subjects they teach and how they communicate that knowledge to students. His current projects explore the development of pedagogical content knowledge in teachers of history and social studies, with a special emphasis on the role "signature pedagogies" might play in the development of professional knowledge. 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.

Dr. Powell has served two stints as chair of the Education Department––one from 2014-17, and another from 2019-20––and also served as chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2018-19. He is project director of "On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History & Memory," a professional development program for teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which has recently been rescheduled and will be held in the summer of 2022. More information about the program can be found by visiting the project website at

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