Mark Pearcy
Assistant Professor Email: mpearcy@rider.edu
Phone Number: (609) 895-5405
Office Location:
Memorial Hall 102Q

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Email: 
mpearcy@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
(609) 895-5405
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial Hall 102Q

Academic Background

  • B.A., History, University of Florida, 1992
  • M.Ed., Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 1993
  • Ph.D., Social Science Education, University of South Florida, 2011

Courses Taught

  • SED 370-Teaching in the High School
  • SED 405-Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Employment Background

  • Rider University: 2012-present
  • Braden River High School: 2007-2012
  • Venice High School, Venice, Florida: 2004-2007
  • Lemon Bay High School, Englewood, Florida: 1993-2004

Research Interests
American History, “historical thinking,” “Just War” theory, moral education, the teaching of war

Selected Presentations

  • “Five Little Arguments: Teaching About the Progressive Era Under the Common Core," Middle States Council for the Social Studies, February 2014
  • “Teaching About Progressivism under the Common Core,” International Society for the Social Studies, February 2014
  • “Defending Slavery: Using Contested Perspectives to Teach the “’Peculiar Institution,’” International Society for the Social Studies, February 2013
  • “The 9/11 Dilemma—what do our Students Know About September 11?” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2013
  • “’The Enemy Was In Us’: Evaluating the Films of Oliver Stone with the ‘Just War’ Doctrine,” The Films of Oliver Stone Panel/Conference, Rider University November 2013
  • “Five Little Arguments—Teaching About the Progressive Era under the Common Core,” New Jersey Council for the Social Studies, October 2013
  • “Just War Doctrine: A Framework for Conflict Resolution,” Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, October 2013
  • “He is My Country—Teaching War from a Moral Perspective,” International Society for the Social Studies, February 2013
  • “Playing the President—Politics v. Policy in U.S. Government,” International Society for the Social Studies, February 2013
  • “Golden Tickets and Happy Fun Ball—Strategies for Dynamic Lectures,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2012
  • “Florida Transformative Education,” Florida Council for the Social Studies, October 2012
  • “’We Have Never Known What Death Was Before’”—the Conceptualizations of War in US History Classrooms,” New Jersey Council for the Social Studies, October 2012
  • “The ‘Just War’ Doctrine: A Moral Method for Teaching War,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2011
  • “Teaching War—The ‘Just War’ Doctrine in American History,” Florida Council for the Social Studies, October 2011
  • “Teaching War in American History Classrooms,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2010
  • “Is Wordle a Nasty Word? Postmortem of a Lesson Plan,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2010
  • “’We Have Never Known What Death Was Before’—Teaching War in Social Studies Classrooms,” International Society for the Social Studies, February 2010
  • “Emerging Technologies in the Social Studies,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2009
  • “’If We Were Truly Brave’—Dueling in Digital Spaces,” National Council for the Social Studies, November 2009
  • “’A Bloody, Indiscriminate Massacre’—Conceptualizations of War in American History Classrooms,” Florida Council for the Social Studies October 2009
  • “Andrea’s Bored: Teacher Choice in Social Studies Instruction,” Florida Council for the Social Studies October 2008

Selected Publications

  • Pearcy, M.  (2014). The “just war” doctrine: An ethical framework for teaching about war. Virginia Social Science Journal (date pending)
  • Pearcy, M.  (2014). Student, teacher, professor: Three perspectives on online education. The History Teacher (date pending)
  • Pearcy, M. (2014). “I live among men and not angels”: A historical analysis of textbook depictions of Reconstruction. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 2, 1, p. 7-21.
  • Pearcy, M.  (2014). In defense of slavery: A lesson about historical perspectives and the ‘peculiar institution.’ Southern Social Studies Journal (date pending)
  • Pearcy, M. (2013). The more things change: Reflections on preservice teacher education and the state of technology. Contemporary Issues in Teacher Education, 13, 4.
  • Pearcy, M. (2013). “We have never known what death was before”: U.S. history textbooks and the Civil War. Journal of Social Studies Research, 37, 5. 
  • Pearcy, M. (2013). Textbook depictions of the Fugitive Slave Act: A case for historical and moral literacy. Ohio Social Studies Review, Spring, 63-74.
  • Pearcy, M. (2013) “Five little arguments”— Teaching progressive issues using the Common Core Standards. Social Science Docket, Summer/Fall 2013.
  • Pearcy, M. (2012). The “just war” theory: A moral method for teaching war. FCSS Trends and Issues, Spring, 57-60.
  • Pearcy, M., & Dotson, M. (2011). “If we were truly brave”—“Affairs of honor” and the art of dueling in digital spaces, Social Studies Research and
  • Practice, 7, 2, 113-121.
  • Pearcy, M. (2012). America’s army: “Playful hatred” in the social studies classroom, International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 4, 2, 19-36.
  • Pearcy M. (Ed.) Pearson Publishing national evaluation series teacher certification manual, American History, Version 2.
  • Pearcy, M., and Duplass, J.D. (2010). Teaching history—Strategies for dealing with breadth and depth in the standards and accountability age, The Social Studies, 102. 3, p. 110-116.

Professional Activities/Affiliations

  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • National Board Certification: Adolescent/Young Adult—History (2004)
  • Author, U.S. Institute of Peace Grant, Rider University: “The Just War Doctrine: A Framework for Conflict Resolution”
  • Co-Author, Teaching American History Grant, Manatee County: “Freedom and Democracy” program

Personal Interests
Family time, with my wife Michelle and two daughters, Katie and Thea