Tennessee World Affairs Council – President’s Advisory Board
The TN WAC President’s Advisory Board is organized to bring together a group of distinguished citizens to advocate for and advance the mission and vision of the Council – to improve our community by promotion of study and public education in world affairs and to increase international understanding and relations. [Advisory Board Guidelines]
Dr. James Akenson, PhD
Professor, Tennessee Tech University; Former Director and Current Board Member, Tennessee Council on Social Studies
James E. Akenson received his B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his MA and PhD in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Akenson is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Tennessee Technological University where he teaches elementary social studies methods, secondary social studies methods, graduate classes including in social studies and country music as well as a PhD seminar in Educational Issues.
Akenson is co-founder and Co Chair of the International Country Music Conference (www.internationalcountrymusic.org), served as Treasurer and President of the Tennessee Folklore Society, and President and Executive Director of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies (TCSS).
He has written extensively on social studies education and the use of country music in the K-12 curriculum. In addition, Akenson has presented on the use of roots based music at the local, state, national, and international level. In 2002, Akenson keynoted the Australian Country Music Conference and taught roots music demonstration lessons in elementary and secondary schools in Queensland.