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Paul G. Fitchett

Paul G. Fitchett, Ed.D.

  • Department Head, Curriculum & Teaching
  • Professor

Phone: 334-844-6892
Campus Mail: Haley Center 5040
Office Location: Haley Center 5038
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Academic Areas

Social Science Education

Short Bio

Paul G. Fitchett, Ed.D. is Professor and Head of the Department of Curriculum & Teaching. His research interests include the intersections of education policy, teacher working conditions, and student learning outcomes with an emphasis on the social studies. He currently serves as associate editor for Theory & Research in Social Education, the flagship research journal for the National Council for the Social Studies. Dr. Fitchett’s research has been featured in the Journal of Teacher Education, Theory & Research in Social Education, Educational Policy, Teacher’s College Record, and Teaching and Teacher Education.

Professional & Educational Experience

Dr. Fitchett graduated with a BA in History and MA in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching in urban, suburban, and rural public schools in Charlotte and Raleigh (NC), he returned to UNC-Chapel Hill and obtained an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. From 2008-2022, Dr. Fitchett was a faculty member and administrator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As assistant dean for teaching and innovation, he facilitated curriculum innovation; including helping faculty develop practice-based pedagogies and pivot toward virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Auburn University, Dr. Fitchett continues to support the growth of teacher education and the promotion of evidence-based practices that enhance student learning.

Research Interests

  • Social Studies/History Education

  • Teacher Working Conditions

  • Practice-Based Teacher Education

  • Education Policy