Adjunct Instructor

Ed.D., B.S., Illinois State University; M.A., Bradley University

Professor Wellenreiter holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Bradley University. He teaches ED 260 (Middle School Philosophy) and ED 301 (Social Studies Inquiry and Democratic Learning Environments). Professor Wellenreiter is a member of the faculty of Morton Community Unit School District #709, where he teaches social studies at Morton Junior High School.

His doctoral studies focused on adolescent social processes and structures within unstructured school settings. His scholarly interests include adolescent socialization and gender roles, social studies pedagogy, patriotism education, and pre-service teacher development. Ben, his wife Tara, and their son Joel reside in Morton.

Ben’s recent publications and presentations include:

Roberts, S.L. and Wellenreiter, B.R. (2015). Teaching middle level social studies: A practical guide for 4th-8th Grades, 2nd Ed. Athens: GA.

Wellenreiter, B. R. (2012). Garbage trucks and deposit slips: The disconnect between life experiences and the economics curriculum of South Africa. In Lucey, T. A., & Laney, J. D. (Eds.) Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Wellenreiter, B. R., Lucey, T. A., & Hatch, D. D. (2010). Looking back at their futures: Preservice middle level teachers’ examination of past educational experiences. RMLE Online, 34(1) 1-11.

Wellenreiter, B.R. (2014, March). Analyzing school policies for civil rights concerns: Connecting students to concepts. Presentation at Illinois Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.

Eggers, N., Cross, S., Wellenreiter, B.R., and Hollis, Anne. (2014, March). Panel Discussion on Advocacy for Children with Special Needs. Mental Health Forum 2014. Hult Center for Healthy Living. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.