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UTSA's Richard Diem elected VP of Social Science Education Consortium


Richard Diem (center)

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(Aug. 4, 2011)--Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College and professor of education, has been elected vice president of the Social Science Education Consortium. In 2012, Diem will serve as the president of the professional organization, whose membership includes leading social scientists and social science educators throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Before joining UTSA in 1975, Diem taught in public schools in suburban Chicago and served on the faculty at Northern Illinois University. He taught at Texas Women's University in 1982 and the Escola de Superior in Viseu, Portugal, in 1984 as part of his Fulbright award.

Diem's research interests encompass the application of technology to educational environments and the cultural implications of information and technological dependence in school settings. His scholarly work includes four books, 98 articles, 100 papers and more than $5 million in funding.

Diem is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned his Ph.D. in education and anthropology. He earned a master's in history from Colorado State University, a master's in education from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in history from Bradley University. Additionally, he is the recipient of two Fulbright-Hayes Professorships to Portugal and Korea, and he has served as president of the National Council for the Social Sciences.

"Dr. Diem is the perfect person for the job, given the breadth and depth of his expertise in the discipline," said Betty Merchant, dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. "Starting his career as a high school social studies teacher, he soon received his Ph.D. in education and became a university professor. He has published extensively in the field of social studies, and his scholarly work encompasses an impressive range of books, book chapters, journal articles and professional manuals."

Diem has served as a consultant to numerous public and private educational organizations and has an impressive record of service to the discipline including serving as representative of the National Council for the Social Studies and as president of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Founded in 1963, the Social Science Education Consortium is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to strengthening the social science content in social studies education. Recently, the consortium developed a series of economics investigations with funding from the National Science Foundation, generated a series of high school thematic U.S. history modules in collaboration with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, evaluated two Teaching American History grant projects in two large school districts and conducted an international civic education exchange project.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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