Tracy Rock

Tracy Rock
Reading and Elementary Education
COED 395
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Dr. Tracy Rock is a Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte. Her teaching and research interests include Inquiry Models of Teacher Professional Development, Social Studies Education, and Service Learning. Dr. Rock has published over 25 refereed journal articles and book chapters and is co-author on an Action Research for teachers text that is under contract and set for publication in 2017. She teaches courses in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level programs in the College of Education. She is a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning where she provides professional development workshops, webinars, private consultations, and peer observations for faculty across the campus. She coordinates the Teaching Program for Doctoral Students on campus which provides seminars, professional development activities, and observations/consultations on effective college level teaching for doctoral candidates across all doctoral programs at UNC Charlotte. She is also the Peer Observation of Teaching Coordinator for the College of Education. Dr. Rock is the recipient of several teaching awards including the Teaching Fellows Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, the 2014 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2015 Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Research Interests:

Social Studies Education in Elementary Schools
Curriculum Integration 
Service Learning
Global Education


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching - The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1999 
M.A in Liberal Studies. - The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1994
B.A. in Elementary Education - The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1991


Instructional Design and the Use of Technology with Elementary School Learners; Teaching Social Studies to Elementary School Learners; Integrating the Elementary School Curriculum; Student Teaching/Seminar; Seminar in Professional and Leadership Development; Teaching and Learning K-6 Social Studies; Accessing/Modifying/Integrating Social Studies Instruction; Pro-Seminar in Elementary Education; Independent Study in Urban Education

Community Involvement:

Cornelius Elementary School Leadership Team, Chair, 2016-2017
Cornelius Elementary Professional Development School, University Liaison, 2012-2016.

Awards & Honors:

-Board of Governors' Award for Teaching Excellence, NC General Administration, Recipient, 2015. $12,500 award. The highest award for superior teaching presented by the University system.
-University Marshall, May 2015 Commencement. The position of University Marshal is an honor bestowed by the University on a distinguished senior professor. The University Marshal represent the faculty at ceremonial functions, and serves as a symbol of faculty excellence and leadership in teaching, professional achievement, and service to campus and community.
-Honoree, Faculty Recognition and Appreciation Reception, Provost Lorden honored faculty who were nominated by 10 or more graduating seniors of the previous year as having had the most significant, positive contribution to their education. January 21, 2015.
-Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence, UNC Charlotte, Recipient, 2014. The highest award for teaching excellence presented by UNC Charlotte.
-Faculty Fellow Selection, Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte, 2013-2016.
-College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
-UNC Charlotte NC Teaching Fellows Annual Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2007.
-Finalist for the UNC Charlotte Teaching Fellows Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2013-2014, 2002-2003, 2001-2002, and 2000-2001
-Received a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service as President to the North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education, February, 2008.
-Received a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Service as a Board member to the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Board, 2004.
-Teacher of the Year, Parkview Elementary School, High Point, NC, 1994-1995-
-Young Educator of the Year, Parkview Elementary School, High Point, NC 1993-1994.

Selected Publications:

Putman, M. & Rock, T. (2017, publication under signed contract). Action Research: 
Using Strategic Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE 

*Polly, D. & Rock, T. (2016). Elementary education teacher candidates’
integration of technology in the design of interdisciplinary units. Tech Trends.

Rock, T. ( 2016). Voices from the Field: Lesson Study in the Professional Development School. In Mraz text - Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum, 12th Edition, Pearson.

Polly, D., Binns, I. C., Putman, S. M., Rock, T. C., & Good, A. (2015). Developing technological
pedagogical content knowledge in elementary education programs. In M. Neiss & H. Gillow-
Wiles (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age. Hershey, PA: IGI 

*Rock, T. & Heafner, T. (2014). The Professional Development School: Fertile Ground 
for Service-learning Initiatives. In Polly, D., Heafner, T. & Chapman, M (Eds.), 
Professional Development Schools and Transformative Partnerships. Hershey, PA: IGI 

Popejoy, K., Good, A., Rock, T. & Vintinner, J. (2014). Integrated Methods Block: 
Transforming elementary teacher preparation through the integration of content methods
and early clinical experiences. In Polly, D., Heafner, T. & Chapman, M (Eds.), 
Professional Development Schools and Transformative Partnerships. Hershey, PA: IGI 

Popejoy, K., Good, A., Rock, T., Vintinner, J., Little, M.K., & Rodgers, E. (2013).
Integrated Methods Block: Capitalizing upon existing PDS partnerships to strengthen
elementary teacher preparation. PDS Partners.

Rock, T. & Stepanian, J. (2010). We are the future: We are agents of change. Social Studies and
the Young Learner, 23 (2), 9-12.

*Good, A., Heafner, T., O’Connor, K., Passe, J., Rock, T., Byrd, S., & Waring, S. (2010). The
deemphasis on social studies in elementary schools: Teacher candidate perspective. Current
Issues in Education, 13(4), 1-22.

Rock, T. (2009). Exploring identity, commonality and difference. In E. Heilman, R. Fruja, &
M. Missias (Eds.), Social studies and diversity teacher education: What we do and why we 
do it (pp.149-152). New York: Routledge Publishing.

*Heafner, T., Good, A., O’Connor, K., Rock, T., Passe, J., Groce, E., Byrd, S., & Oldendorf, S.
(2007). Fact or fiction: Is social studies “history” in North Carolina? Social Studies
Research and Practice Journal, 3(2), 502-509. Available:

*Byrd, S., Good, A., O’Connor, K., Heafner, T., Passe, J., Rock, T., & Oldendorf, S. (2007). Where are the social studies?. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): Commentaries, 13(3).

*Byrd, S., Good, A., O’Connor, K., Heafner, T., Passe, J., Rock, T., & Oldendorf, S. (2007). Where are the social studies?. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) website. Available:

Heafner, T., O’Connor, K., Groce, E., Byrd, S., Good, A., Rock, T., Passe, J., & Oldendorf, S. 
(2007). A case for social studies advocacy: Becoming AGENTS for change. Social Studies
and the Young Learner, 20(1), 26-29.

*Vogler, K. E., Lintner, T., Lipscomb, G. B., Herman, K., Heafner, T. L., & Rock, T. C. (2007). Getting off the back burner: Impact of testing elementary social studies as part of a state-mandated accountability program. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 31(2), 20-34.

* Heafner, T. L., Lipscomb, G. B., & Rock, T. C. (2007). To test or not to test?: The role of
testing in elementary social studies. Social Studies Research and Practice, 1(2), 145-164.

*Rock, T., Heafner, T., O’Connor, K., Passe, J., Oldendorf, S., Good, A., Byrd, S. (2006). One 
state closer to a national crisis: A report on elementary social studies education in North 
Carolina schools. Theory and Research in Social Education, 34(4), 455-483.

Rock, T. & Levin, B. (2006). Speaking in first person: Notable women in history. Social 
Studies and the Young Learner, 19 (1), P1-P4.

*Rock, T. & Wilson, C. (2005) Improving teaching through lesson study. Teacher
Education Quarterly,32(1), 77-92.

*Rock, T. & Passe, J. (2004). Technology Integration at the University Level: The Case of
the Elementary Social Studies Methods Course. Contemporary Issues in 
Technology and Teacher Education (Social Studies), [Online Serial] 4(3) 

*Rock, T. (2003). A lesson study model for preservice teacher education. Journal of 
Research in Education, 13(1), 31-38.

*Levin, B. & Rock, T. (2003) The effects of collaborative action research on
preservice and inservice teacher partners in professional development schools.
Journal of Teacher Education, 54(2), 135-149.

Rock, T. & Passe, J. (2002). Integration of Technology in Elementary Social Studies Teacher 
Education: Adapting a Curricular Model. In D. Willis et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society
for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (pp. 2207 
2208). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education 

Levin, B., Hibbard, K. & Rock, T. (2002) Using problem-based learning as a tool for
learning to teach students with special needs. Teacher Education and Special
Education, 25(3), 12-19.

*Rock, T. & Levin, B. (2002). Collaborative action research projects: Enhancing
preservice teacher development in professional development schools. Teacher 
Education Quarterly, 29(1), 7-21. 

Hibbard, K., Levin, B. & Rock, T. (2001). The inclusion classroom problem: Learning
about students with disabilities. In B.B.Levin (Ed.), Energizing Teacher Education
And Professional Development with Problem-Based Learning (pp. 56-72). Alexandria,