Caroline Sheffield

Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor, Social Studies Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education
Room 247 - College of Education and Human Development
caroline.sheffield @

Dr. Sheffield's curriculum vitae [PDF]


My journey to University of Louisville has taken a lot of twists and turns. I began my academic journey with a bachelors and masters degree in anthropology, focusing on primate behavior, in which I studied orangutans, chimpanzees, and lion-tailed macaques. After working as a recreation and youth programs director at a country club in Florida, I realized that I was meant to work with middle school students. I earned my teacher certification and began teaching middle school social studies in Jacksonville, Florida. After five years in the classroom, I transferred to a middle school in Tampa in order to begin my doctoral program at the University of South Florida. Upon graduating with my doctorate, I moved to Louisville to join the UofL faculty.

My research interests include multimodal literacy in the social studies, teachers’ instructional use of technology in the social studies, and site-based teacher education. My interest in teacher use of technology and multimodal literacy stems from my own experiences as a classroom teacher, specifically in my use of on-line resources, picture books, comics, and Hollywood films.

I am married to a proud Hoosier from Seymour, Indiana (the “Small Town” from John Mellencamp’s song). I believe my hometown is in Northern Virginia, but I’m not quite sure. I am a Navy brat, who was born in Japan, attended six elementary schools, and lived in cities throughout the southern United States before moving to the DC area in middle school. When not teaching and writing, I enjoy reading, watching way too much HGTV, traveling, and hanging out with my nieces and nephews.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Florida, 2009
  • MA, Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 2001
  • Teacher Certification, University of North Florida, 2000
  • BA, Anthropology, College of William and Mary

Teaching Areas

  • P-5 Social Studies Methods
  • Middle School Methods - Social Studies I
  • Middle School Methods - Social Studies II
  • Special Methods of Secondary Social Studies Education

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Distinguished Graduate Achievement Award, University of South Florida
  • 2004 University Graduate Fellowship, University of South Florida
  • 2003 Semi-Finalist, Duval County Region I Teacher of the Year
  • 2003 Teacher of the Year, Kirby-Smith Middle School

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Program Chair, College and University Faculty Assembly Graduate Forum
  • Alternative Delegate - CUFA, House of Delegates, National Council for the Social Studies
  • Reviewer, College and University Faculty Assembly 2009 Conference
  • Reviewer, American Educational Research Association 2008 Conference
  • American Educational Research Association
  • College and University Faculty Assembly
  • Florida Council for the Social Studies
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • National Council for Social Studies
  • National Middle School Association


  • Sheffield, C. C. & Cruz, B. C. (accepted). Stories of survival: Using children’s and young adult literature to teach about human rights. Social Education.
  • Sheffield, C. C. & Duplass, J. A. (in press). Creating effective citizens: Unique opportunities for gifted education through the social studies. Gifted Education International.
  • Wilkins, K.H., Sheffield, C.C., Ford, M.B. & Cruz, B.C. (2008). Images of struggle and triumph: Using picture books to teach about the civil rights movement in the secondary classroom. Social Education, 72(4), 177-180.
  • Sheffield, C.C., Carano, K.T., & Berson, M.J. (2008). Steam man & airships: Technology of the future in the past. Social Education, 72(3), 124-129.
  • Sheffield, C. (2008, February 20). An Interview with Caroline Sheffield: About gifted kids and HOTS. EdNews, Article 23114, from
  • Sheffield, C. C. (2007). Technology and the gifted adolescent: Higher order thinking, 21st century literacy, and the digital native. Meridian: A Middle School Computer Technologies Journal, 10(2), from