Dr. Elizabeth Yeager Washington, a professor of social studies education at the School of Teaching and Learning, is one of the leading experts on civics education in Florida and the United States.
She is involved in an ongoing effort in conjunction with the Graham Center and the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida to improve the state of civics education for Sunshine State students.
Florida typically ranks near the bottom in surveys of voter turnout, volunteerism and civic participation in the nation. Dr. Washington's work, which involves educating teachers in civics education and monitoring pilot programs in different school districts around the state, is an effort to reverse that discouraging trend by building a foundation in civics at the middle school level.
Dr. Washington is the only social studies education faculty member in the College of Education and advises UF students in several undergraduate and graduate degree programs in secondary social studies, global studies, and civics. Until recently, she was the editor of the top research journal in her field and held leadership roles in the COE Faculty Policy Council.
Dr. Washington holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction, and an M.A.T. from Georgia State University in History. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Alabama.