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Department of Teaching and Learning
Social Science Education


Dr. Berson


(813) 974-7917

(813) 974-3837 Fax

Office: 308D

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College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU 105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650


Bachelor's: University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Master's: The University of Toledo

Doctorate: The University of Toledo

Dr. Michael J. Berson is a Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida and a Senior Fellow in The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He coordinates the USF College of Education Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Social Science Education and has served as founding director of the iteach technology and teacher education program. Dr. Berson instructs courses in Social Studies Methods, Technology Innovation in the Social Studies, Elementary School Social Studies, Visual Research Methods in Education, and Teaching the Holocaust. He has received the USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, was twice chosen as the USF nominee for the United States Professor of the Year Program sponsored by CASE and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and has received international recognition for integrating emerging technologies into instruction and modeling innovative pedagogy. He also was honored with the National Council for the Social Studies President's Award for outstanding contribution to the field and was selected for the Florida Council for the Social Studies International Relations Award for his research in global child advocacy. Dr. Berson has served as an advisor on cybersecurity and the integration of technology into education to companies and organizations throughout the world. Among his leadership positions, he was elected Chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Vice President of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, a member of the Board of Directors for the Social Science Education Consortium, and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society for the Social Studies. Dr. Berson has extensively published books, chapters, and journal articles and presented his research worldwide. He was named the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award Winner in the Learned Article category. He has been the principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or primary partner on grants from the United States Department of Education, Florida Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and other funders, which total over $6 million. Dr. Berson conducts research in the areas of global child advocacy and technology in social studies education.





















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