Social Sciences Education

Social Sciences Education - St. Cloud State University

Faculty & Staff

Kyle Ward

Director of Social Studies Education
Ph.D., Indiana State University

Kyle Ward (PhD) is the Director of the Social Studies Education program at St. Cloud State University.  He worked as a high school teacher for a number of years in both Minnesota and Indiana where he taught a variety of subjects for 7th through 12th grades.  He has a BS (Social Studies Education) and BA (History) from Minnesota State-Moorhead, a MA (History) from St. Cloud State University and a PhD (Curriculum/Instruction: History Education) from Indiana State University.  He is the author of five books, four of which deal with history education. 

Stewart Hall 361
(320) 308-5226


Cindy Fitzthum

Social Studies Education Faculty Member
M.A., University of Delaware

Professor Fitzthum has experience teaching high school and university classes in Central Minnesota. She also has written social studies curriculum for the Council for Economic Education and facilitates workshops across the state for the Minnesota Council for Economic Education.

Stewart Hall 345
(320) 308-2170


Ron Hustvedt, Jr.

Social Studies Education - Adjunct
MEd, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Professor Hustvedt has over 17 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school and graduate level in urban, rural and suburban settings. He was a Minnesota Teacher of the Year Finalist and is a nationally renowned History Day teacher, coordinating one of the largest school programs in the country. Professor Hustvedt was also awarded the 2014 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year. He is a freelance writer and photographer for several statewide and national outdoors publications.

Stewart Hall 366
(651) 335-2385


Kazimir Gazdzik

School of Education Professor

Social Studies Education - Adjunct
MA, St. Cloud State University

Professor Gazdzik has 18 years teaching experience in an urban high school setting.  He has a B.A. (Political Science, and Social Science Secondary Education) from St. John’s University, Collegeville, a M.A. (History) from St. Cloud State University, and is currently a PhD candidate (Teacher Development) at the University of North Dakota. His research interests are in academic identity and the impact of Advanced Placement courses on students transition to college life.

Stewart Hall 366


Barb Hartkopf

Office Manager

Stewart Hall 359
(320) 308-3160

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