Sherry Field

Dean Sherry Field
Dr. Sherry L. Field

Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, Outreach, and Recruitment

As Assistant Dean for Teacher Education, Outreach and Recruitment in The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, Dr. Sherry L. Field oversees student recruitment, outreach, assessment and special projects. Dr. Field is professor emeritus in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Field received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University, an M.Ed. and administrative certification from Stephen F. Austin University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Before entering higher education, she taught public school in Texas in the Longview, Goose Creek and Barbers Hill school districts. Field also taught in Pulaski County, Ark., and was an administrator in the Little Rock, Ark., school district. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado-Denver and the University of Georgia before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She was Associate Dean for Teacher Education, Student Affairs and Administration from 2006-2012.  In 2012, she became Dean of the College of Education at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR, where she served until returning to UT in 2015.

Dr. Field served as editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner from 1996 - 2006, and was chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, chair of the NCSS Larry Metcalf Distinguished Dissertation Award Committee and president of the Society for the Study of Curriculum History. She also served on the Executive Council of Kappa Delta Pi International as vice president. 

Field received the 2016 Irving Morrissett Award for Excellence in Social Science Education, Social Science Education Consortium; 2015 Dr. Truman L. Kelley Award for Scholarship Excellence, Kappa Delta Pi; 2012 Jean Dresden Grambs Career Research Award, National Council for the Social Studies; 2012 Research in Social Studies Service Award, Social Studies Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association; 2009 Davis Counselor of Distinction, Kappa Delta Pi and 2009 Haskew Award for Distinguished Service, Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.  She was also awarded the Glickman Fellowship at the University of Georgia in 2000. 

A Faculty Fellow at the Holocaust Museum Houston since 2003, Field regularly conducts workshops for pre- and inservice teachers there.  Recently an invited speaker in Japan:  2014 Teaching and Learning Center Inaugural Lecture, Hiroshima University and 2013 Japan Educational Research Association for the Social Studies, Tokyo, she has written and presented on Japanese and U.S. Children’s Understandings of Social Studies.

Co-author and editor of numerous books including:  Exemplary Elementary Social Studies: Case Studies in Practice, They Led By TeachingExplorations in Curriculum History, and Real-World Investigations for Social Studies: Inquiries for Middle and High School Student - book chapters, articles and elementary school social studies textbooks, Field's areas of professional focus encompass social studies teaching and learning, teacher education, and curriculum history.