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Stanley, Melissa

Director of Secondary Social Studies Education



Dr. Stanley joined the faculty at CMU in 2023 after earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in social studies education at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a former high school social studies teacher, academic advisor, and National History Day coach.

More about Melissa Stanley

Leo, B., Cesare, A., Dvir, B., Hass, D., Hill, K. M., Lewis, T. M., Metzger, S. A., Patterson, A. N., Smith, A., Stanley, M. K., Van Haren, K., & Weinstein, E. (2021). Trauma-informed practices [Online professional development module]. The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State.

Stanley, M. K. & Metzger, S. (2023). The Holocaust and 21st century media. In M. Polgar & J. Suki (Eds.), The Holocaust: Remembrance, Respect, and Resilience. Penn State University, CC BY-NC 4.0. 

Stanley, M. K. & Schroeder, S. (2023). Problematizing white allyship in the civil rights curriculum of Studies Weekly®. The Social Studies, 114(1), 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/00377996.2022.2068491

Stanley, M.K. & Serure, D. (2022). Resistance, preservation, & reclamation in Asian American history. National Council for the Social Studies Teacher Education Research Collaborative Inquiries.

Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Stanley's research interests include social studies teaching and learning, social studies teacher preparation, classroom discussion, and the teaching and discussion of contentious issues.

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
  • College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) 
  • CUFA Teacher Education Research Collective (TERC) 
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 
  • National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA) 
  • Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS)  
  • The Social Science Education Consortium (SSEC) 
  • Michigan Council for the Social Studies (MCSS)