Kenneth Carano

Professor, Education & Leadership

503-838-8604 |
RWEC 228

Personal Website

At WOU since


Office Hours

8-9pm (online)12-2pm 12-2pm 

Course schedule

Summer 2021


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
M.S. in Social Science Education: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
B.A. in Psychology: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Professional experience

I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years, with my wife, teaching elementary students and running an after-school program in Suriname, South America. In fall 2011 I joined Western Oregon University as assistant professor in the Division of Teacher Education with an emphasis in social studies education. My Ph.D. is in curriculum and instruction from University of South Florida. Prior to coming to WOU, I taught high school social studies for nine years in Sarasota County, Florida. Additionally, I spent five years as adjunct instructor at University of South Florida teaching social studies methods courses. My work has been published in journals such as Social Education, The Social Studies and The Social Studies Review, and two of my anthologies of life in Suriname were published in the novel Volunteer Tales. I have presented internationally and nationwide at conferences such as NCSS, OCSS, SITE, PDK Global Education Summit and the AERA. My research interests are global perspectives in teacher education programs and preparing students to be effective citizens in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected.

Graduate courses taught

ED 534 Content Pedagogy I: Social Studies
ED 536 Content Pedagogy II: Social Studies
ED 637 Advanced Content Pedagogy: Social Studies (M.S. Ed.)
ED 656 Professional Seminar I: Action Research

Undergraduate courses taught

ED 352 Elementary Social Studies Methods
ED 452 Applied Human Learning I
ED 434 Content Pedagogy I: Social Studies
ED 436 Content Pedagogy II: Social Studies

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