James R Moore (James), Ed.D
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 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 334
 Phone: 216-687-4606
 Fax: 687-5379
 Email: J.MOORE2@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 334, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Islam and world religions in social studies courses, race, ethnicity, and national identity, global issues (world hunger, human trafficking education, Female Genital Mutilation[FGM], pandemics and social studies implications, population, and human rights education), interdisciplinary social studies education, civic education, civility in public discourse, the First Amendment and social studies education
 
Education:
Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Education, Florida International University, 2002
M.A., Social Studies Education, Florida International University, 1991
B.S., Social Studies Education, Florida International University, 1982
 
Brief Bio:
       Dr. James Moore taught high school social studies courses (world history, geography, law studies, and American government) for 22 years in the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Dr. Moore earned his doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Education from F.I.U. in 2002. The doctorate in Social Studies is an interdisciplinary program with graduate courses in political science, global issues, geography, sociology, and graduate education courses. Dr. Moore's doctoral dissertation, entitled "School Segregation and Educational Performance In A Multicultural Society: The Case of Miami-Dade County, Florida" was directed by Dr. Ralph S. Clem, Dr. Steven Fain, and Dr. M. Farouk.

       Dr. Moore was inspired to obtain a doctorate degree by his mentor Dr. Ralph Clem, a professor emeritus of geography and Russian studies at F.I.U. Ralph Clem had a profound impact on Dr. Moore's interests in international relations and geography. Specifically, Dr. Clem's expertise on Russia's political geography and ethnicity had a profound impact on Dr. Moore's teaching history and social studies courses. Steve Fain played a major role in influencing Dr. Moore's interests in education, specifically curriculum and instruction. Finally, the late Dr. Jan L. Tucker, a nationally renowned leader in global education, played a key role in Dr. Moore's commitment to improving global and international education in K-12 social studies courses.

     Professor Moore's educational philosophy is based on essentialism--a solid knowledge base in history, geography, political science, global issues, and economics is the foundation of excellent teaching in social studies--and a strong commitment to developing civic virtues in students. Character education, prudent decision-making skills, and civic participation are at the heart of democratic social studies, and a viable democracy requires a virtuous citizenry to function effectively.

     Dr. Moore was an adjunct lecturer in International Relations for 11 years (1992-2002) at Florida International University (F.I.U). His courses examined current global issues, such as world hunger, population trends, and ethnicity, nationality, and religious conflicts. In addition, Dr. Moore was an assistant high school football coach for 15 years (Head Coach: Jim Kroll)and successful football programs have implications for education: direct instruction, active participation, assessment based on performance, very high discipline standards, an emphasis on competition and cooperation, and the development of virtues needed for a successful life and career.

     Dr. Moore joined the CSU faculty (College of Education and Human Services) in the fall of 2004 and teaches social studies methods courses, diversity in educational settings, and introduction to geography at CSU. Dr. Moore is very interested in civic education, the First Amendment, political geography, international politics, global education, national identity, incorporating art and music into social studies courses, and teaching about religion, specifically Islam, in high school social studies courses. Professor Moore has traveled extensively throughout Europe and has visited Russia, Turkey, North Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and China for personal and professional enrichment. He frequently visits Cleveland's museums ,world class restaurants, Playhouse Square, and is a fan of all of Cleveland's pro sports teams. Dr. Moore was on sabbatical during the Fall, 2017 semester redesigning EUT 416 (Social Studies Methods)to include expanded content on global issues and the C3 Framework, an inquiry-based program for teaching research-based social studies courses. As of the fall semester 2021, Dr. Moore has published 34 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored one book chapter on gifted education methods in social studies, and has presented 40 papers at peer-reviewed national conferences in social studies and multicultural education.
 
Honors and Awards:
2017 Faculty Merit Award for Research
2016 Faculty Merit Award for Research
2015 NDFM (Non-Discipline Faculty Mentor) McNair Scholars Program: Mentee: Michael Keller
2014 Faculty Merit Award for Research and Teaching
2012 Faculty Merit Award for Teaching
2009 Faculty Merit Award for Research and Teaching
 
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Moore believes that social studies must be interdisciplinary, and incorporate all of the social sciences, as well as the humanities, math, and natural sciences into middle and secondary social studies courses. Thus, Dr. Moore creates social studies lessons that are relevant to contemporary issues. For example, "Sugar: America's Deadliest White Powder" is designed to show the historical, economic, political, geographic, sociological, global, the health aspects of the production, distribution, and consumption of sugar. In the fall 2020 term, Dr. Moore published, "Pandemics and Plagues: Teaching History's Biggest Killers" in The Social Studies Journal, 56(2), 5-21.This article is timely given the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital citizens understand that pandemics and epidemics are common throughout history and have major impacts on politics, economics, and cultures.
It is important that American citizens view all goods and services from a holistic and global perspective. In addition, Dr. Moore designs lesson plans for teachers regarding racism and discrimination -- critical issues throughout the U.S. and the world. The protests and riots spawned by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 has reignited a debate on policing, policies, education, and reparations. it is important that all perspectives be part of the conversation. Dr. Moore has fostered partnerships with the Federal Reserve Bank's Learning Center and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Moore asserts that higher education--characterized by group think, unconstitutional "hate" speech codes, hostility to dissenting views, and a disconcerting tendency to denigrate opposing ideologies--has weakened the core mission of universities. Thus, Dr. Moore is a strong advocate of freedom of expression and the right of all individuals, regardless of their membership in specific cultural groups, to choose their own views and identities. As of the fall 2021 semester, Dr. Moore is working on a manuscript integrating art into social studies education.
 
Research Interests:
   In the spring of 2020, Dr. Moore published "Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery" in the American International Journal of Social Science. This article examines trafficking and how public school systems, such as Miami-Dade County Public Schools. have developed programs to educate and protect all citizens, including K-12 children and adolescents. Dr. Moore's 2018 peer-reviewed publications include "I'm Not for Sale: Teaching about Human Trafficking" which was published in The Social Studies (v. 109, # 2,74-84) and "Teaching about Human Rights: Female Genital Mutilation in the United States" was published in The Journal of Social Studies Education Research (v. 9, # 4, 102-122). These articles describe the importance of preventing trafficking and FGM (respectively), moral abominations that are an affront to human liberty, democracy, equality, and dignity. In addition, "Don't Shut Up!: Why Teachers Must Defend the First Amendment in Secondary Schools was published in the Journal of Culture and Values in Education (v. 1, #2, 23-41).
Professor Moore's current research focuses on restoring civility in public discourse; teaching about Islam and other religions in public schools; the role of ethnicity in global education; current global education issues (population/ world hunger); and incorporating music and art into social studies. In addition, Dr. Moore is researching how to improve civic knowledge and participation in democracy. Currently, Dr. Moore is researching social studies education and its relationship to the First Amendment and academic freedom. This research is centered on teaching about religion and other controversial disciplines and issues. Currently, "hate speech" codes pose a threat to freedom of expression on American college campuses and K-12 schools and some people are advocating for blasphemy laws in the United States that would punish individuals for criticizing religions. Unfortunately--and in direct violation of the First Amendment--many K-12 schools and universities want to censor offensive, controversial, and radical ideas in order to protect historically "oppressed" groups and others from any ideas that may offend them or cause them to experience emotional distress. Freedom of expression is central to the core mission of education in a democracy. In addition, Dr. Moore is researching  methods for teaching about human trafficking in secondary social studies courses. Dr. Moore has presented 40 peer-reviewed papers at major conferences, such as the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Middle School Association, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC), Humanities Educational Research Association (HERA), and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Dr. Moore's EDC 200 (Diversity in Educational Settings) examines the issues of race, religion, social class and poverty, sex/gender and sexual orientation, language, and child abuse, substance abuse, gangs, and suicide.
 
Teaching Areas:
Dr. Moore has taught the following courses:

EDC 200(300)   Diversity in Educational Settings (EDC 200 starting fall of 2018)
EDS 316 --     Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (EDU 416: Project-Based Social Studies Instruction as of Fall, 2017)
EDM 416 --     Teaching Social Studies in Middle Schools
HIS 200 --     Introduction to Geography
EDB 604 --     Social Issues in Education (Graduate Course)
EDU 806 --     Cultural Foundations of Education II: Race and Ethnicity (Doctoral)

Dr. Moore taught EDB 604 (Social Issues in Education) during the Spring, 2013 term. This graduate course examined NCLB and is consequences, residential and school segregation, The First Amendment and academic freedom, equal educational opportunties, poverty,the adverse consequences of out-of-wedlock births and family disintegration,the "cultural wars" among liberals, conservatives, and others, the popular culture (music, TV, movies) and its impact on K-12 students, and vital family issues that impact student achievement, behaviors, attitudes, and aspirations. Dr. Moore also provides independent studies courses for social studies students, serves on thesis and dissertation committees, and is working on curriculum development for the College.
 
Professional Affiliations:
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC)
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
Cleveland Council for World Affairs: Education Advisory Board
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Education Advisory Council
 
Professional Experience:
Teaching in the Miami-Dade County public schools -- the nation's fourth largest public school system -- provided Dr. Moore with a wealth of experience in dealing with racial, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Teaching in both urban and suburban schools presents challenges and rewards; poverty, as well as family problems, group experiences (differential opportunities, discrimination, historical experiences, and different cultural values and behaviors, are important variables in influencing educational performance. Dr. Moore's 22 years of experience informs his university teaching as he attempts to prepare CSU students to become effective educators. It is vital that K-12 students acquire an interdisciplinary education--the Liberal Arts and STEM education can provide a symbiotic relationship that prepares them for citizenship and career--that will allow them to successfully compete in a globalized economy characterized by a revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI), rapid advances in computer science, and robotics. Dr. Moore, in his role as Adjunct Instructor, taught INR 3081 (Contemporary International Problems) in the Department of International Relations at Florida International University (F.I.U) from 1992 until 2002. This course focused on issues such as ethnicity, world hunger, population patterns and implications, and North/South inequities. Finally, Dr. Moore coached varsity and junior varsity football at Miami Southwest High School, Miami Beach High School,and Palmetto High School for 15 years. Coaching is an intensive experience molding young students into young men; sports is an excellent activity for teaching cooperation, discipline, personal responsibility, hard work, self-sacrifice, and overcoming adversity. These virtues are transferable to successful employment and effective civic education.
 
University Service:
Dr. Moore serves as the coordinator for EDC 200 (Diversity in Educational Settings). Dr. Moore was a member of the Doctoral Affairs Committee (2012-2018, and Spring 2021) and the Teacher Education Advisory Council (2010-present). Dr. Moore is a standing member of the Middle School and Secondary School committees. In addition, Dr. Moore has served on the Faculty Senate, seven faculty search committees, often proctors the comprehensive exams for graduate students,and advises students preparing for social studies teaching positions.
 
Professional Service:
Dr. Moore has offered several seminars preparing special education teachers to be highly qualified in government; presented, in conjunction with several other CSU professors, a 32 hour seminar on global education; and lectured on "Islam and American Society" at the Intown Club in 2008. In addition, Dr. Moore offered a seminar in using art to teach social studies topics at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2009. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Moore served as Program Coordinator for the "Teaching About the Holocaust" seminar offered by the The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Moore supervised student teachers from 2005 until 2014. As of the fall 2021 term, Dr. Moore is working on professional development products for upcoming seminars. These products include content knowledge on the First Amendment for teachers, immigration and its impact on education, and the impact of poverty on students' achievement, behavior, and aspirations. Dr. Moore has served as a peer-reviewer for education journal such as Religions, Equity and Excellence in Education, the High School Journal, Multicultural Perspectives, and Social Studies Research and Practice.
 
Community Service:
Dr. Moore is on the Federal Reserve Bank's Educational Advisory Committee and works closely with the FED Bank in order to improve economic education and financial literacy in middle and secondary schools. Global and economic education are vital to America's economic stability and national interests; therefore, it is important to expose citizens to a high quality education in economic literacy and international relations. Dr. Moore served on the Cleveland Council for World Affairs Educational Advisory Council from 2005-2012.