Michelle Bauml, Ph.D.

Michelle Bauml, Ph.D.

Clotilda Winter Professor of Education Associate Professor

Program Area: Early Childhood/Social Studies

(817) 257-6117  |  m.bauml@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Michelle Bauml is an associate professor of early childhood/social studies education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University and the Clotilda Winter Professor of Education. She teaches undergraduate courses for the EC-6 program and graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction. Her most recent project involves examining early childhood preservice teachers’ thinking about social studies inquiry. In August 2016, Bauml directed the first annual TCU iEngage Summer Civics Institute, a 5-day civics camp designed to teach middle schoolers about civic engagement through inquiry.


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin

M.Ed., Educational Administration
University of St. Thomas-Houston

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies
Texas A&M University-College Station

Academic Areas

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social Studies Education

Research Areas

  • Early childhood/elementary teacher education
  • Teacher knowledge and beliefs
  • Teacher decision-making
  • Elementary social studies education
  • Urban teacher education

Selected Publications

Bauml, M., Patton, M. M., & Rhea, D. (2020). A Qualitative Study of Teachers’ Perceptions of Increased Recess Time on Teaching, Learning, and Behavior. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 34(4), 506-520.

Bauml, M. (2019). Examining Preservice Teachers’ Thinking about Teaching First Grade Economics through Inquiry. Social Studies Research and Practice 14(1), 150-164.

Bauml, M. & May, L. (2019). Veterans Day Then and Now: First Graders Learn from Primary Sources and Take Action to Honor Veterans. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 32(2), 26-31.

Bauml, M. (2018). Making social studies meaningful: Confident teacher, supportive leader. In J. Jimerson and S. Q. Fuentes, Instructional Leadership in the Content Areas: Case Studies for Curriculum and Instruction, pp. 24-33. New York, NY: Routledge/UCEA.

Rhea, D., & Bauml, M. (2018). An Innovative Whole Child Approach to Learning: The LiiNK Project. Childhood Education, 94(2), 56-63.

Quinn, B. P., & Bauml, M. (2018). Cultivating a mindset of civic engagement among young adolescents. Journal of Social Studies Research, 42, 185-200.

Bauml, M. (2016). One size never fits all: Teachers’ responses to standardized curriculum materials and implications for early childhood teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 37(1), 76-95.

Bauml, M., Castro, A. J., Field, S. L., & Morowski, D. L. (2016). Learning from preservice teachers’ thoughts about teaching in urban schools: Implications for teacher educators. Education and Urban Society, 48(1), 4-29.  

Bauml, M. (2016). Is it cute or does it count? Learning to teach for meaningful social studies in elementary grades. Journal of Social Studies Research, 40 (1), 55-69.