Kelley Marie King

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Kelley King, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education and Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. As a historian of education, she focuses her research, teaching, and service on understanding teaching and learning as culturally situated activities. Her work explores the ways that class, gender, culture, and politics have shaped and still influence education in the United States. Her book, Call Her a Citizen: The Life of Progressive Educator-Activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2010. Before coming to Denton in 2006, King lived in the Austin area, where she supervised student teachers and taught special education and English Language Arts and Reading at the elementary and secondary levels. Her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also completed a portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master's degree in Learning Technologies-Multimedia from Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Books and Monographs

King, K. M. (2010). Call her a citizen: The life of progressive educator-activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press.

Selected Articles and Chapters

McPherson, R., King, K., Milson, A., & Estes, M. (2013). Evaluation of an international online learning initiative in special education. In N. Tcherepashenets & F. Lojacono (Eds.), Globalizing online: Telecollaborations, internationalization and social justice. New York: Peter Lang.

Strunc, A., & King, K. M. (2013). Citizen education in Texas: Gaps between theory and practice in the state curriculum standards. American Educational History Journal, 40(1) 141-151.

King, K.M. (2012). Called to teach: Percy and Anna Pennybackers's contributions to education in Texas, 1880-1899. American Educational History Journal, 39(1) 87-105.

King, K.M. (2012). Teacher transgressions and district disputes: Appeals to the Texas state superintendent of education, 1899-1900. Journal of Philosophy and History of Education, 62(1) 119-136.

King, K.M. (2011). Keeping teachers growing: Pamela Kramer Ertel. In M. Spearman & O.L. Davis, Jr. (eds.). A century of leadership: The presidents of Kappa Delta Pi. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Recent Conference Presentations

King, K.M. (2013, October). How educational historians establish relevance: Rationales given for papers published in the Journal of the MHES and the AEHJ, 1972-2007. Presidential address presented at the annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

King, K.M. (2012, October). A futile attempt toward peace education in Cold War Texas? Grover Hartt's United Nations curriculum. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

King, K.M. (2012, September). The Klan's anti-Catholic school agenda and the Texas Catholic response, 1922-1925. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Philosophy and History of Education, St. Louis, MO.

King, K.M. (2011 April). Evolving perspectives on the representation of Native Americans in trade books and textbooks for the K-12 classroom. Society for the Study of Curriculum History, New Orleans, LA.

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Organization of Educational Historians
American Education Research Association
Society of the Philosophy and History of Education
International Society for Educational Biography
Kappa Delta Pi