Public Policy

Dave Powell

Professor of Public Policy

Public Policy Program



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
AB College of William & Mary, 1996

Academic Focus

Education Policy, Politics of Education, Teaching History & Social Studies

Dave Powell majored in History and English and was a two-time Busch Warrior at the College of William & Mary before he settled down and earned 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., just outside of Atlanta, where he taught courses across the breadth of the social studies curriculum, made a valiant but mostly unsuccessful attempt to coach junior varsity soccer, and earned a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2004. At Gettysburg College he was twice appointed as chair of the Education Department, where he oversaw the reinvention of the Department's curricular offerings and a successful self-study and external review, and also served as chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, which is, to this day, still the best job he ever held. He currently serves as Director of the First-Year Seminar program.

Courses Taught