Joshua Radinsky, an assistant professor with joint appointments in UIC's Learning Sciences Program and in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education, and won the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.
It is a prestigious award, given in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The CAREER Award provides support for a period of five years to conduct an integrated program of research and instruction.
Radinsky received the CAREER award to investigate ways to use GIS data maps to study American society and history, working with middle-school teachers and undergraduate instructors. The project will revolve around developing, teaching, and studying a curriculum at each level that uses GIS to investigate African American and Latino migrations at different times in US history.
The curriculum units will include a focus on the census as a flawed mirror for answering the question "Who are we?" and how constructs of race and racism shape American identities, now and historically. The research will investigate mapping as a mode of teaching history, the ways we construct racial identities through classroom discourse, and how we construct the identities of historical figures using different representations.
Congratulations Josh on this fantastic award and the recognition it brings to you and to UIC.