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Mark Newman


Professor, Social Studies Education
Chair, NCE Secondary Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Sec 518: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools
CIS 480B: Methods of Teaching Social Studies
CIS 480A: Methods of Teaching Social Studies (undergraduate)

Areas of Expertise:

Visual culture and visual literacy
Social Studies Education


Mark Newman joined NLU/NCE in 2002 after teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been involved in History and Social Studies Education for over 20 years. He served as the NCE  Curriculum & Instruction department chair, co-chair of the NCE faculty, and currently as chair of NCE Secondary Education.

Mark Newman’s most recent publications include:
Mark Newman & Jack Zevin. (2016). Geography as inquiry. Teaching about and exploring the earth as our home. Rowman & Littlefield
Mark Newman (2014.) Vital witnesses: Using primary sources in history and social studies
Guest editor, Geography Education (2016). The Councilor: A journal of the social studies. 77 (2)

He has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences.

He has received 4 National Endowment for the Humanities grants and was director of a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Project.

He was awarded the NCE Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016 and the Illinois Council for the Social Studies Distinguished Service Award in 2013.


Ph. D., History, UCLA
M. A., History, Northeastern Illinois University
B. A., History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research and Interests:

Historical geography
Visual culture and visual literacy
Inquiry-based learning

Contact Information:


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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