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UTSA's Richard Diem honored by international social science organization

Richard Diem

Richard Diem

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(June 20, 2014) -- Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College and professor of education, last week was awarded the Irving Morrisett Excellence in Social Science Education Award from the Social Science Education Consortium (SSEC). Diem received the award at the group's annual meeting in Rome. He is the current president of the organization.

The annual award is presented to an SSEC member who has devoted his or her career to improving social studies and social science education, has significant scholarly publications, and has demonstrated continuing commitment to the field and the consortium.

In addition to his work at UTSA, Diem taught in the public schools of suburban Chicago and at Northern Illinois University, Texas Women's University and the Escila de Superior in Viseu, Portugal. He is a graduate of Bradley University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history and education. He completed a master's in education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a master's in history at Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in education and anthropology at Northwestern University.

Diem's professional work includes four books, 95 articles, 100 papers and more than $5 million in grant and funded awards. He was selected for two Fulbright-Hays Professorships as well as numerous other professional and academic honors. Additionally, he was president of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Diem's major research interests are the application of technology to educational environments and the cultural and policy implications of information and technological change in education.

Founded in 1963, the SSEC is a not-for-profit educational corporation that works to strengthen the social science content in social studies education. Its members include leading social scientists and social science/social studies educators throughout the United States and Canada.

The organization promotes collaboration among educators, develops and disseminates exemplary curriculum materials and teaching approaches, conducts and promotes research and evaluation to lead to more effective teaching and learning, and represents social science education within the field and to the public.


For more information, visit the Social Science Education Consortium website.

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