• Professor of Education; Director of Program Development and Evaluation
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  • Scott.Henderson@Furman.edu

Scott Henderson is a former secondary social studies teacher who joined Furman's education department in 1998. He has worked for the federal government (1990-1991), taught English in North Central Japan (1989-1990), and taught history courses at various post-secondary institutions.

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Masters Seminar in Education

Course integrates knowledge and underlying concepts from the core courses in the master?s program with the student?s concentration. Participants will demonstrate ability to synthesize previous coursework and to understand the holistic nature of an advanced degree in education. Emphasis is on oral and written communication, as well as use of information technology.


Education for Life

An excellent and unique opportunity for members of our community to broaden their understanding of the intersections of early childhood development and literacy, community and family supports throughout the early and school-age years, and the changing demographics of South Carolinians who are seeking to receive education beyond high school. An examination of what matters most in early childhood development and what interventions and supports are in place here in South Carolina. We will look closely at the ways in which educational institutions, parents, students, non-profits, and members of the community work together to build up our schools and prepare young people to be successful adults who are contributing members of society. The challenges and opportunities for South Carolina as we look at the future of our increasingly diverse society will also be addressed.


Adv Smnr in Edctnl Ldrshp & Rs

This course serves as the culminating experience in the Ed.S. Program. Seminar meetings will be held to share experiences, engage in discussions related to practice in educational leadership/administration and student services, and develop plans and policies for the individual school districts in which the candidates are serving.


Education Laboratory I

For students and prospective teachers exploring education as a career possibility. Observations in different school settings for the purpose of becoming acquainted with the school and with the classroom.


Perspectives on American Educ

Introduction to teachers and teaching, the American school in an increasingly diverse society, and the historical, sociological and philosophical foundations of education.


Crtcl Issues in Secondary Ed

Designed for senior level secondary and PK-12 language teacher candidates enrolled in the Senior Block. Provides candidates with opportunities to examine significant issues in secondary schools including: classroom management techniques and educational technology.

  • Co-Editor with P. L. Thomas, James Baldwin: Challenging Authors (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2014)
  • Co-Editor with Lloyd Benson, Paul Rasmussen, and Wade Worthen, Competition: A Multidisciplinary Analysis (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2009)
  • Editor and annotator, Power and the Public Interest: The Memoirs of Joseph Swidler (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002)
  • Housing and the Democratic Ideal: The Life and Thought of Charles Abrams (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000)
  • "Uplift Versus Upheaval: The Pedagogical Visions of Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin," in A. Scott Henderson and P. L. Thomas, eds., James Baldwin: Challenging Authors (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2014)
  • "Schools as Battlegrounds: The Authoritarian Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas" in P. L. Thomas, ed., Becoming and Being a Teacher: Confronting Traditional Norms to Create New Democratic Realities (Peter Lang, 2012)
  • "The New Positivism: Research and Education," National Social Science Journal 35, no. 2 (2011)
  • "The Brain Race: Competition, National Security, and the Rise of Federal Aid to Education," in A. Scott Henderson, Lloyd Benson, Paul Rasmussen, and Wade Worthen, eds., Competition: A Multidisciplinary Analysis (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2009)
  • "The Pedagogical Implications of School Choice Initiatives in South Carolina," Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina 9, no. 1 (Fall, 2009)
  • Co-author with Cathryn A. Stevens, "Local Knowledge and Its Implications for Teacher Education in South Carolina," Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina 8, no. 1 (Fall, 2008)
  • "Fighting For the Past: Lessons from the David Irving Trial," Social Education 72, no. 6 (October, 2008)
  • "Building Intelligent and Active Public Minds: Education and Social Reform in Greenville County During the 1930s," South Carolina Historical Magazine 106 (January 2005)
  • "World Literature and Multiculturalism in High School Curricula," Carolina English Teacher 10, no. 1 (Winter 2002)
  • "Understanding Cities: An Overview of Urban Social Theory," in Robert Hartmann McNamara and Sarah K. Vatland, eds., Understanding Contemporary Social Problems (Tempe: Scholargy Press, 2002)
  • "Charles Abrams and the Problem of a Business Welfare State," Journal of Policy History 9 (Summer 1997)
  • "The New York State Commission Against Discrimination and the Quest for Equality in Housing," in Proceedings of the Sixth National Biennial Conference on American Planning (Richmond: Society for American City and Regional Planning History, 1996)
  • "A Better Home in a Nice Neighborhood: Housing, Race, and Residential Conflict," in Martin Melkonian and Marc Silver, eds., Contested Terrain: Power, Politics and Participation in Suburbia (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995)
  • "Tarred With the Exceptional Image: Public Housing and Popular Discourse, 1950-1990," American Studies 36 (Spring, 1995)
  • "American Pluralism and the Construction of Ethnicity in World War II Combat Films," Intercultural Studies 1, no. 1 (Fall, 1994).
  • William R. Kenan Jr. Endowed Professorship (2014-present)
  • Furman University Meritorious Teaching Award (2013)
  • Furman University Chiles-Harrill Award (2011)
  • South Carolina Governor's Distinguished Professor Award (2010)
  • South Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
  • Furman University Maiden Invitational Award (2008)
  • Belle W. Baruch Foundation Visiting Scholar (2004)
  • National Network for Educational Renewal Fellow (2003-2004)
  • Furman University Meritorious Advising Award (2002)
  • Furman University Teacher of the Year Award (2002)
  • SUNY-Buffalo Selig Adler Prize (1992)
  • United States Civil Service Award (1991)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1988)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship (1982-1986)
  • FSU Marion J. Hays Prize (1984)
  • FSU Mortar Board Award (1983)
  • Florida Academic Scholarship (1981-1984)
  • memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Alpha Theta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Delta Pi, & National Gold Key.
Teacher Certification
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