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Teacher Education

Dr. Richard Gardiner

Associate Professor of History Education

Dr. Richard Gardiner


Dr. Richard Gardiner

Position: Associate Professor of Social Science Education
Office: Frank Brown Hall 3344
Phone: 706-565-1413
Discipline: Social Studies/History

Office Hours


Monday 2:45-5:00pm
Tuesday 11:00-1PM
Wednesday 3:00pm - 5:30pm


A.A., Montgomery College
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, University of Maryland
Teacher Certification, Princeton University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Marquette University

Specialty Area

Living History, Local History, Family History, Religious History


Dr. Gardiner became a member of the faculty at Columbus State University in 2009. He is the program director for History Education. He teaches methods courses, educational diversity, and educational foundations courses, as well as Freshman Learning Communities. Dr. Gardiner holds a lifetime public high school teaching license in the State of Wisconsin. Since first teaching at Montgomery High School in New Jersey, Dr. Gardiner taught for nine more years at the middle and high school levels. He taught social studies for five years at the University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin, where he was chairman of the social studies department. Upon his appointment at CSU, Dr. Gardiner produced 30 educational podcasts for Muscogee County School District and was instrumental in the establishment of the Ivey Center for the Cultural Approach to History at CSU. Dr. Gardiner earned an Associates degree with honors in Secondary Education from Montgomery College. He earned a Bachelor's degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Philosophy and History at the University of Maryland (College Park). He then earned state teaching credentials at Princeton University. He completed a Master's Degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned a Ph.D. in History at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He also engaged in Ph.D. coursework at Penn State. Since that time he has completed post-doctoral education coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, St. Mary's University and Columbus State University.


Gardiner, Richard, P. Michael Jones, and Daniel Bellware, “The Emergence and Evolution of Memorial Day,” Journal of America’s Military Past, Vincent Rospond, editor (Spring/Summer, 2018), Vol XLIII, No.2.

Gardiner, Richard, and Jessica O’Keeffe, “An Assessment of the Business Model of Education,” Journal of Contemporary Research in Education (University of Mississippi), R. Lane Gauthier, editor (Spring, 2018), Volume 2, No. 2.

Gardiner, Richard, “The Forgotten History of Memorial Day,” Associated Press, May 25, 2018 (appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle and dozens of other publications worldwide).

Gardiner, Richard and Johnnie Warner, “A Missing Chapter in the Martin Luther King Saga: His Columbus, Georgia, Visit & the Bomb Intended for Him.” Muscogiana: Journal of the Muscogee Genealogical Society (Fall 2014). Published, Summer 2015.

Gardiner, Richard and Daniel Bellware, The Genesis of the Memorial Day Holiday in America (Historic Linwood Foundation, 2014).

Gardiner, Richard. “The Presbyterian Rebellion?” Journal of the American Revolution (Sept. 5, 2013).

Gardiner, Richard. “An Identification of the Last Battlefield of the Civil War and Its Preservation,” Journal of America’s Military Past (Spring/Summer, 2013). Volume XXXVIII: 5-23.

Gardiner, Richard, executive editor, History: A Cultural Approach; with Vic Salazar, Earl Barnett and the late Oliver Turner Ivey (Caroline Lawson Ivey Foundation, 2013).

Gardiner, Richard, “A Truly Radical Idea in Social Studies Education: Teach the State Standards,” Journal of Contemporary Research in Education, Volume II (December, 2012), p. 86-92.

Gardiner, Richard. “The Civil War Origin of Coca-Cola in Columbus, Georgia,” Muscogiana: Journal of the Muscogee Genealogical Society (Spring 2012), Vol. 23: 21-24.

Gardiner, Richard, The Presbyterian Rebellion: An Analysis of the Allegation that the American Revolution was a Presbyterian War (Ph.D. Dissertation: Marquette University, 2005) UMI publications.

Gardiner, Richard. “Teaching the New History” in Teachers in Focus Magazine (May/June 1999) 4-7.

Gardiner, Richard and Gary Amos, Never Before in History (Dallas: Haughton, 1998).

Gardiner, Richard and Donald Fuller. “Reformed Theology and Princeton and Amsterdam,” in the Covenant Seminary Review (Vol. XXI, no. 2), Fall 1995, 89-117.

Gardiner, Richard, “Why Calvinism Refuses to Die at Princeton,” Princeton Theological Review (January 1995) 5-6.