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Board of Advisors

David M. Fryson, Esq.

David M. Fryson is a Vice President for West Virginia University and heads the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He formerly served as the Deputy General Counsel for WVU.

Priscilla Haden, M.S.

Haden is a former West Virginia public school educator, and is president of the West Virginia Board of Education. Haden serves on the School Building Authority, The Education Alliance, the Central West Virginia Airport Authority and the Thomas Memorial Hospital Foundation. She also is the state education chairwoman for the League of Woman Voters, a member of the Vandalia Rotary Club and the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Authority. Haden also is a member of The Clay Center Collectors Club, West Virginia University’s Board of Advisors for the College of Human Resources and Education, WVPASS, the West Virginia Hi-Y Youth in Government Committee, the Civic Literacy Council and the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA Board. She is the recipient of West Virginia State University’s Hazo W. Carter Presidential Award and WVU’s James R. McCartney Award for Leadership.

A.G. Rud, Ph.D.

A.G. Rud is a distinguished professor in the Washington State University Department of Teaching and Learning.

From 2010-2012, Dr. Rud served as dean of the WSU College of Education. He was previously head of Purdue University’s Department of Educational Studies. He started at Purdue in 1994 as associate dean, and served in that role until 2001. He taught courses in the history and philosophy of education, higher education, and educational leadership, and advised master’s and doctoral students in the cultural foundations of education, preschool-grade 12 educational leadership, higher education, as well as curriculum studies. Before joining the Purdue faculty, he helped establish The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, where he was senior fellow.

Douglas J. Simpson, Ph. D.

Associated Professor
College of Education
TCU Box 297900
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas 76219 USA

Dr. Simpson is Associated Professor and Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education Emeritus, Texas Tech University. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles, reviews, chapters and books, including John Dewey and the Art of Teaching, The Pedagodfathers: The Lords of Education, Recreating Schools: Places Where Everyone Learns and Likes It, The Teacher as Philosopher, and Educational Reform: A Deweyan Perspective.

Sam Stack Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Stack is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. He is the co-author with Dr. Douglas J. Simpson of Teachers, Principals and Schools: Essays by John Dewey on Contemporary Educational Issues Proposal approved by Southern Illinois University Press. Under review.

Phillip J. VanFossen, Ph.D.

Phillip J. VanFossen is the James F. Ackerman Professor of Social Studies Education and Director of the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship in theCollege of Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Purdue UniversityCenter for Economic Education. An award-winning teacher, he has also publishednumerous chapters and articles on Internet use and economic and social studieseducation. His research interests include how social studies teachers use theInternet in their teaching, and in 2001 he co-authored Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking in Government, Economics and World Issues (Greenwood Press).

Woody Wilson, MA

Woody Wilson taught United States history on the high school level for 37 years, retiring from Wood County Schools, WV in 2008. He began the development of what is now called 21st Century learning skills in his classrooms in 1998, immediately after finishing his National Board examination of classroom teaching practice. He subsequently participated in three Teaching American History grant programs, and in the same time period attended seminars that explored new ideas for teaching critical thinking and writing skills, as well as research-based teaching techniques that engage students in the analytical learning process. Woody was twice selected West Virginia US History Teacher of the Year, and currently teaches both US history and social studies methods classes at Ohio Valley University. He and his wife Jeanie currently reside in Parkersburg, WV.