As the Director of Teacher Education for the History Department, Dr. Colbert-Lewis holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the both the College of Liberal Arts and for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education. Moreover, he has the responsibility of guiding history majors to successful secondary teacher certification, and to teach various history courses and various courses in social studies teaching methodology.
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 secondary teacher in Virginia, and he has taught a course in Honors World History as a licensed secondary 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 and a book chapter on the multicultural training of teachers, superintendents, principals, and college (academic) and public school librarians. 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.