Overview

Dr. Aaron Rife is the Department Chair for the School of Education. He is an Associate Professor and the Program chair of Middle/Secondary History Goverment Education in School of Education at Wichita State University. He joined Wichita State University in 2014.

Information

Academic Interests and Expertise

The University of Kansas: Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education        August 2014

  • Dissertation: Shifting Identities in South Kansas City: Hickman
  • Mills School District’s Transformation from Suburban to Urban
  • Doctoral adviser: Dr. John Rury
  • Major Area: Foundations of Education
  • Minor Areas: History, Sociology

The University of Kansas: M.S. in Foundations of Education                                    December 2008

  • Master’s Thesis: Sumner High School, A History

 Brigham Young University: B.A. in History Teaching/Secondary Education           April 2002

Academic Interests: 

Desegregation and Re-segregation of American Education
Urban Education
Teacher Training and status of the profession

Areas of Teaching Interest

Teaching Interests:
History, Government, and Social Studies Methodology
History of American Education
Race and Educational Opportunity
American Educational Philosophy

Courses Taught:
CI 321 Introduction to Diversity: Cultural Issues
CI 425J History/Government Methods I
CI 427 History, Philosophy, Ethics of Education
CI 427 TAP—History, Philosophy, Ethics of Education 
CI 435J History/Government Methods II   
CI 436J History/Government Methods III
CI 701 Foundations of Education
WSUD/FYED 102B First Year Seminar: Race and Ethnicity

Publications

Papers and Presentations

Publications-Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

Rife, Aaron.  “Shaking the Rattle: De-Professionalization of Teaching and the Danger of Submitting to the Neo-Liberal Vision of School.” Journal of Philosophy and History of Education 70, no. 1 (2020/21). 17-32.

Rife, Aaron.  “We Are All in This Together: Teacher Preparation, Lesson Planning, and Aiding Classroom Teachers During an Emergency School Shutdown.” The Advocate 26, no. 1 (2020). 

Rife, Aaron. “Desegregation and Re-segregation in the Air Capital of the World: The Case of Wichita USD 259.” Journal of Philosophy and History of Education 69, no. 1 (2019). 51-61.

Rife, Aaron. “Missing the Signs: Imperfect Allyship and the Re-examination of Personal Biases.” Kansas English 100, no. 1 (2019). 23-26.

Rury, John and Aaron Rife. “Race, Schools and Opportunity Hoarding: Evidence from a Post-War Metropolis.” History of Education 47, no. 1 (2018, online in 2017), 87-107.

Rife, Aaron. “Creating Success from the Midst of Adversity: Sumner High School and Community Identity.” Journal of Philosophy and History of Education 60, no. 1 (2010) 251-256.

Publications-Newsletter Articles

Rife, Aaron.  “First Year Students are a Joy.”  Teaching Today Newsletter, WSU Instructional Design and Access, 2/11/21. https://www.wichita.edu/services/mrc/OIR/TT/2021/Feb.php

Rife, Aaron.  “How Far FYS Has Come.”  Teaching Today Newsletter, WSU Instructional Design and Access, 3/11/21. https://www.wichita.edu/services/mrc/OIR/TT/2021/March.php

Rife, Aaron.  “Thinking During a Pandemic.”  Teaching Today Newsletter, WSU Instructional Design and Access, 4/16/21.  https://www.wichita.edu/services/mrc/OIR/TT/2021/April.php 

Rife, Aaron.  “Demonstrating Care.”  Teaching Today Newsletter, WSU Instructional Design and Access, 3/20/20.  https://www.wichita.edu/services/mrc/instructional_technology/NewsletterArticleContributions/DemonstratingCareAndTeaching.php 

Rife, Aaron.  “Why Didn’t Someone Tell me That?!”  Teaching Today Newsletter, WSU Instructional Design and Access, 1/20/20.  https://www.wichita.edu/services/mrc/CIR/TT/2020/Jan20.php 

Publications—Opinion/Editorials

Rife, Aaron.  “Voucher-based education programs do not solve our problems.”  Wichita Eagle, July 4, 
   2021.

National Presentations

Rife, Aaron. “TikTok and the Classroom:  Distractions and Dangers, Pedagogy, and Insight into the Teaching Profession.” Popular Culture Association Conference, Virtual Conference, April 2022.

Rife, Aaron.  “Talking About Structure in Education: The Legacy of Emphasizing Positivity in Diversity Education While Downplaying Deep Inequality.”  Association of Teacher Educators Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2022.

Rife, Aaron. “Education in the Post-Post Apocalypse: Nurture and Care in Horizon: Zero Dawn.” Popular Culture Association Conference, Virtual Conference, May-June 2021.

Rife, Aaron. “Shaking the Rattle: A History of the De-Professionalization of Teaching.” Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, September 2019.

Rife, Aaron. “Flying Under the Radar: Desegregation and Re-Segregation in the Air Capital of the World.” Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2018.

Rife, Aaron. “Practicum on Graduate Student Teaching Concerns.” Panelist, History of Education (HES) Conference, Providence, RI, November 2016.

Rife, Aaron. “Suburban vs Urban Identity: Municipal and School Boundary Battles in South Kansas City, 1961-1984.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, Washington D.C., April 2016.

Rife, Aaron. “African-American Suburban Settlement, Education, and Geospatial Differentiation.” History of Education Society (HES) Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2015.

Rife, Aaron, Jim Granada, and Anh Tran. “Bridges to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to College
Access.” Prepárate College Board Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2015.

Rife, Aaron. "Read My Lips! Schools and Taxes in South Kansas City; 1950-2000." American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Rife, Aaron. “Demography and the Economics of Race in ‘Suburban’ Kansas City.” American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, April-May 2013.

Rife, Aaron. “Ivory Towers and Trenches: Teacher Preparation and Occupational Socialization.” Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2012.

Rife, Aaron. “Achievement Culture among Sumner High: Identity and Adversity.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, Vancouver, April 2012.

Rife, Aaron. “Sumner High School, Black Leadership and Community Identity.” History of Education Society (HES) Conference, Boston, MA, November 2010.

Rife, Aaron. “The Bud Had a Bitter Taste, but Sweet Indeed is the Flower: Sumner High School and Community Identity,” Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2009.

Regional and Invited Presentations

Rife, Aaron. “Racial Inequality and Wichita.”  College of Applied Studies Professional Development 
  Seminar, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, November 2020.

Rife, Aaron and Shareika Fisher. “Getting off on the right foot: Group discussion about serving first-
    year students.”  Academic Resources Conference, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, June 
    2020.

Rife, Aaron. “Forced Busing, Magnet Schools, and the Unexamined Danger of School Choice in 
     Wichita, Kansas.”  School of Education Faculty Meeting, Wichita State University, Wichita, 
     KS, November 2018. 
 
Rife, Aaron. “Teaching Truth and Inquiry in a Time of Resistance.” Wichita Public Schools USD 259  
      District Social Studies In-Service, Wichita, KS, February 2018. 
 
Rife, Aaron. “Wrestling the Elephant in the Room: Teaching About Race and Ethnicity with Courage.” Kansas Association of Teachers of English (KATE) Conference, Wichita, KS, October 2016.

 

Professional Experience

Faculty/Teaching Experience

July 2019-present: Faculty Coordinator, Wichita State University First-Year Seminar 
 Program 

April 2020-present: Associate Professor, Wichita State University.  School of Education, 
 Middle/Secondary History/Government Education Chair

2014-2020: Assistant Professor, Wichita State University.  School of Education,
Middle/Secondary History/Government Education Chair

K-12 Teaching Experience

World History and Spanish teacher, USD 338 Valley Falls, Kansas. 2004-2008
Spanish teacher, Muscatine High School, Muscatine, Iowa. 2003-2004
History and Spanish teacher, faculty sponsor of school drama club and film club, A University for Children, Springville, Utah. 2002-2003

Awards and Honors

Technology Innovation Award (WSU College of Applied Studies), 2022
Wichita State University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021
Emory Lindquist Teaching Award (WSU College of Applied Studies), 2020

Grants
  • Mary Oyster O’Guin Scholarship, School of Education Merit Scholarship Graduate Award, University of Kansas.                                                                              Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  •  Mary Oyster O’Guin Scholarship, School of Education Merit Scholarship Graduate Award, University of Kansas.                                                                               Fall 2009, Spring 2010
  •  School of Education Merit Scholarship Graduate Award, University of Kansas.                                                                                                                                                         August 2008
Areas of Service

Service to the University and College:

First-Year Seminar Faculty Coordinator

Middle/Secondary History/Government Education Programs, School of Education chair

University Residency Committee chair

Accreditation Steering Committee member

Initial Licensure Teacher Program Committee member 

School of Education Faculty Personnel Committee member

Middle/Secondary Education Program Committee member

Service to the Profession:

Kansas Council for the Social Studies Board member

Kansas State Department of Education History, Government, and Social Studies Higher Education  
 Standards Revision Committee member
 
National Resource Center First Year Experience Conference submission reviewer
  
Journal of Philosophy and History of Education Editorial Board member

Additional Information

American Educational Research Association
Association of Teacher Educators 
History of Education Society
Society of Philosophy and History of Education   
National Council for the Social Studies
Kansas Council for the Social Studies
Kansas Association of Teacher Educators