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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Caroline R. Pryor, Ed.D.



(618) 650‑3439


1337 Founders Hall

About Dr. Pryor

Caroline R. Pryor, Ed.D. is   Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, Health, and Human Behavior. She joined SIUE in 2005 after having served five years as Assistant Professor/Regents Fellow at Texas A&M University. Pryor teaches graduate courses in Curriculum, Middle School Methods and Adult and  Continuing Education online, serving as the program option Advisor. Pryor’s undergraduate teaching focus includes her research on STEM within the Social Studies. Dr. Pryor is chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Democratic Citizenship in Education of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Archeological Institute of America, St. Louis and the Advisory Board of the Illinois Education Research Council.   

Research Profile

Dr. Pryor is Editor of the international journal Learning for Democracy and a Wye Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She is the author of 45 publications, including Teaching Lincoln (with S. Hansen) and Editor of the upcoming 10-book series Critical Themes in Teaching American History. Pryor received the 1998 Best Paper Award from the Arizona Educational Research Organization, an affiliate of AERA. Her research has generated award nominations to the National Council of the Social Studies, AERA, and the Association of Teacher Educators. She has received six National Endowment for the Humanities grant awards for her workshops for school teachers on Abraham Lincoln.


Ed.D.Arizona State University Secondary Education

M.Ed. Arizona State UniversityHigher/Adult Education

B.A. California State University Anthropology 


Social Studies/STEM; Adult and Continuing Education


Pryor, C. R., Stacy,   J., Alexander, E., Johnson, C, & Mitchell, J. (2017-2020). Teaching Critical Themes in American History, 10 separately titled books, Peter Lang   Publishers: New York.

Pryor, C. R., & Hansen, S.L. (2014). Teaching Lincoln: Legacies and classroom strategies. Peter Lang Publishers: New   York.

Pryor, C. R., &   Kang, R. (2013). Project-based learning:   An interdisciplinary approach for integrating social studies with STEM. In R. M. Capraro,  M.M. Capraro, & J. R. Morgan (Eds.), Project-Based Learning: An Integrated Science, Technology,   Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Approach (2nd Edition), (pp.129-139).United Kingdom: Sense Publications.

Pryor, C.R. (2015). Teaching STEM within the Social Studies: A Model for the K- Preservice Methods Course, Teacher Education & Practice, 28(2/3),   447-466.

Pryor,   B.W., Pryor, C.R.,  & Kang, R. (2016,).   Teachers’ Thoughts on Integrating STEM into Social Studies Instruction: Beliefs, Attitudes, and   Behavioral Decisions, Journal of Social   StudiesResearch.

Grants and Collaborations:

Locke,   S. (2016). Pryor: Advisory Board member. EarthCaching   for Pre-Service Teachers: Examining Attitudes and Intentions towards   Informal Science Learning Program: National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2019, $299,547

Pryor,   C.R. (2013-2014). Landmarks of American History: Workshops for Schoolteachers   Abraham Lincoln and the Forging of Modern America. The National Endowment for the   Humanities, $174,300

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