Associate Professor
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Academic Degrees:

  • B.A., Anthropology/Sociology, Transylvania University
  • M.A., Secondary Social Studies Education, University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., Education Sciences – Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kentucky

Professional Interests:

  • Teacher professional learning
  • Lesson study
  • Inquiry in social studies education
  • C3 Framework
  • Civic education

Dr. Emma Thacker is an associate professor in the department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education, currently teaching courses in elementary social studies education. She comes to JMU from Wake Forest University where she was a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of education for two years. Dr. Thacker taught high school social studies in central Kentucky before pursuing her Ph.D. and enjoys working with and learning from teachers and students.

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