Tom McGowan, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Tom McGowan’s principal areas of interest have been literature-based social studies instruction and the nature of school-university collaboration. He has published a range of pieces in the professional literature, including refereed articles, chapters in scholarly monographs, newsletters, teacher activity books, and textbooks for elementary children.

McGowan has served as a reviewer for scholarly journals and associations and has edited both a theme issue of a journal and an ongoing section of a professional publication. He has also chaired a section of the AERA program and has served as vice president, president and a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Council for the Social Studies and received the Council's Wilbur Murra Award for distinguished service to the social studies profession. McGowan has also served as a member of the board of directors, executive committee and as a candidate for vice president of the National Council for the Social Studies. He is preparing manuscripts for publication in a number of areas, including a social studies methods textbook and the findings from two qualitative studies that are nearing completion.

McGowan has served as a professor of curriculum and instruction at Arizona State University and also in several administrative roles, including the coordinator of the Bank of America Exemplary Teachers for Arizona program. He earned his bachelor’s in history from Boston University in 1970 and his master’s in European history from the University of Nebraska in 1974. After completing a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program, McGowan began his teaching career as a fourth grade classroom teacher at Blumfield Elementary in Ralston Public Schools. In 1983, he completed his doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska. That same year, he joined the elementary education faculty at Indiana State University and taught undergraduate and graduate social studies courses. He taught at Arizona State University, principally in the areas of curriculum studies and K-8 social studies education, from 1988-2002.