Robert A. Waterson, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education
Dr. Robert Waterson is an Associate Professor at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services. His research areas include: citizenship, human rights, history, democratic theory, and controversial public issues. After many years of successful public school service, he was honored at the U.S. Department of State Treaty Room (June 16, 2003) by former Secretary of State, Collin Powell, for his work in developing new forms of educating others in the area of international relations and diplomacy. Then – U.S. Department of State Undersecretary for European Affairs – Marc Grossman referred to Waterson as a “pioneer in education reform” for his efforts to implement new and developing technology into history curricula.
Waterson earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University. While at Purdue, he helped to implement various civic-related programs for the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship. Waterson is now the Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education at West Virginia University and is nationally recognized for his call to revitalize citizenship education in American school curricula. Recently, Waterson authored Democratic Bankruptcy: Three Programs to Help Prevent It in Our Schools , which was published in the Journal of Thought in January 2010. He has also presented numerous articles and papers at national conferences on a variety of subjects, including: teaching philosophy, controversial public issues, Holocaust education, and the use of the Internet in Social Studies classrooms.