Steven Hugh White

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Curriculum & Teaching
Primary office:
330 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Steven H. White, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1994. White earned a BS.Ed. from Angelo State University in elementary education, an MS.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, and the Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. His primary research interests are geographic literacy, historical understanding, and instructional strategies. He is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Social Studies Research, Middle Level Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. White has published in The Journal of Geography, Social Education, Middle School Journal, and The Journal of Moral Education. He has presented research and sessions at American Educational Research Association, National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, and the National Council for Geographic Education Annual Conference.


White, S. Hugh, & Wachel, M. (2008). A to Z: Where are the animals in the zoo? The Geography Teacher, 5(2), 12-15.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D, Educational Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1994
  • M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1988
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, 1978


Elementary Social Studies Education

An update on C&T faculty-conducted research: Last May, Dr. Barbara Bradley was awarded a $135,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to study young children's development of financial and college-bound identities. The project is collaborative with researchers from the School of Social Welfare, the Departments of Sociology and Linguistics, & the School of Education. Her study is part of a larger project providing savings accounts and financial education to kindergartners in the LPS and following the children and their family members for several years to look at outcomes related to financial and college-bound identity formation in 2 experimental groups and one control group.

Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award