Dr. Alexander Pope

Dr. Alexander Pope (Sandy) is an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary and Physical Education at Salisbury University. His primary appointment involves undergraduate and graduate social studies methods. A former classroom teacher in Texas and New York, his university teaching extends to include social justice initiatives such as the Maryland Holocaust Educators Network social justice seminars sponsored by the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, where he has twice been a Fellow. He has completed two fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Pope is interested in all areas of civic engagement, but particularly the ways in which students and teachers come to see themselves as active in their communities. Stemming from his dissertation work, he has authored articles on the potential of civic education and chapters on engaged pedagogies in social studies education.

Dr. Pope also co-Directs Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. With his colleague, Dr. Sarah Surak, he oversees daily operations, a multi-year research project to collect and analyze data on the delivery of a civic engagement curricular and co-curricular programming, and the Center for Civic Reflection. Surak and Pope are the 2019 recipients of the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship from the University System of Maryland to support these efforts.