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Sean C Colbert-Lewis, Sr.

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Director of Teacher Education
(919) 530-7135
(919) 530-5392
202D Edmonds Classroom Building


Advisor for History Majors Pursuing Secondary Social Studies Teacher Licensure
Advisor for License-Only Students Pursuing Teaching Licensure in Secondary Social Studies
University Supervisor for Teacher-Candidates engaged in Student-Teaching Practica
Instructor of U.S. and World History courses
Instructor of High School Social Studies Teaching Methods
Instructor of Middle Grades Social Studies and Language Arts Teaching Methods
Instructor of Elementary Social Studies Teaching Methods


As the Director of Teacher Education for the History Department, Dr. Colbert-Lewis has the responsibilities of advising history majors towards the successful earning of a high school social studies teacher license, teaching various courses in U.S. and World history, and teaches social studies methodology courses for elementary education majors middle grades education majors, and for history majors & high school licensure-only students.

Since his pre-collegiate years, Dr. Colbert-Lewis always had a passion for learning history and to share what he has learned with others. Realizing that his public school teachers helped stimulate his love of history, Dr. Colbert-Lewis has committed his life to mastering the discipline of history as both a published scholar and an instructor of both pre-collegiate and collegiate level history courses and education courses involving various pedagogical methods for future history and social studies teachers at the pre-collegiate level. Prior to his arrival at NCCU, Dr. Colbert-Lewis taught courses in elementary social studies methods and in multicultural education, and he has successfully guided over 100 teacher education majors covering grades P-12 to earning their teacher licenses for social studies and other disciplines for the following states: Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Dr. Colbert-Lewis has experience in teaching courses in U.S. History, U.S. Women's History, and Ancient and Modern World History as a licensed middle grades and high school teacher in Virginia, and he has taught a course in Honors World History as a licensed high school teacher in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Colbert-Lewis holds both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Virginia Tech. His passion for wanting to effectively teach history and to train future history teachers led to his earning his M.Ed. degree in Social Studies Education and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Education that combines the disciplines of Educational Leadership Policy Studies and Social Studies Education from the Curry School of Education of the University of Virginia. Moreover, as an advocate of professors of teacher education being highly regarded as certified teachers, Dr. Colbert-Lewis, as an assistant professor, undertook the rigorous portfolio and examination process for National Board Certification. After three years of intense work and teaching, on November 18, 2011, Dr. Colbert-Lewis successfully earned National Board Certification (NBCT) for the teaching of Social Studies and History (Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Ages 14-18). Dr. Colbert-Lewis' research interests in history involve the degree of presentation of women and other underrepresented ethnic and religious groups inside the pages of the most-used middle school and high school level history textbooks in the United States. Furthermore, Dr. Colbert-Lewis' has a research interest in the experiences of active teacher education professors who chose to pursue National Board Certification in the same content area that they guide their respective teacher education majors to P-12 state teacher licensure.

Dr. Colbert-Lewis also has extensive experience as a multicultural educator who has conducted research on assisting teacher-candidates during their mandatory field practica on how to create lessons in history, math, science, and language arts that promote learning with an emphasis on gender-equity. Moreover, Dr. Colbert-Lewis serves as an active diversity consultant where he continues to conduct workshops to assist all educators and administrators (from the P-16 grade levels) striving to teach and make educational policy decisions with a multicultural/feminist lens. As a multicultural/feminist educator and diversity consultant, Dr. Colbert-Lewis has taught courses, conducted workshops, and has published articles, a book chapter on the multicultural training of teachers, superintendents, principals, and college (academic) and public school librarians, and recently a college textbook (as editor) on research covering women in world history. Moreover, he has created and successfully applied a four-step theoretical process that any educator or educational administrator from the P-16 grade levels may take to become competent multicultural educators and educational policy-makers. Dr. Colbert-Lewis has used his model as the basis of his multicultural workshops, and he will continue to use this model as a major basis to the various courses in history, social studies pedagogy, and educational policy courses emphasizing multicultural/feminist education theory and application.

Research Interests

World History
Women's World History
Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction
Presentation of Women, Religion, and Minorities in Social Studies Textbooks
Multicultural Education and Policy Decision-Making Strategies


MED North Carolina Central University 2017
PhD University of Virginia 2005
MED University of Virginia 2000
MA Virginia Tech 1995
BA Virginia Tech 1992

Selected Publications

1. Colbert-Lewis, S. C. (2015). Ancient Women's Roles as Portrayed in World History Textbooks in the United States. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 2.
2. Colbert-Lewis, S. C., & Colbert-Lewis, D. M. (2013). The Role of Teacher-Librarians in Encouraging Library Use by Multicultural Patrons. Library Services for Multicultural Patrons, ed. by Carol Smallwood & Kim Becnel; Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 73-82.
3. Colbert-Lewis, S. C. (2011). The Role of the University Supervisor in Developing Multicultural Competency for Pre-Service Teachers During Their Field/Student-Teaching Experience. The Field Experience Journal, 8, 1-26.
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