Bob grew up in Royal Oak Michigan where he went to Dondero High School. He then migrated to East Lansing for eight years of undergraduate work, spending one year traveling in Europe. In 1967, he moved to Detroit where he has lived and taught until today.
He has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Michigan State University; one majoring in humanities and the second majoring in religion. His subsequent degrees in education; Master's, Specialist and EdD, were from Wayne State University where he majored in General Secondary Education and Social Studies Education for his doctorate.
Dr. Pettapiece taught in Detroit Public Schools for 29 years and part time in the College of Education for 15 years before starting full time at Wayne State in 1996. His public school teaching experiences include social studies at the high school level, math in the middle and high school and computing to children from kindergarten through adult.
He is now an assistant professor and teaches elementary social studies education methods courses (ELE 3600), social studies master's classes, Computer Applications in Teaching (TED 6020). Below you can find links to syllabi & course description for his classes.
In addition to his teaching, he is also the coordinator for both middle level education and social studies education.
Sites for Information related to a certification or endorsement area-
Social Studies Education
Middle Level Education
Sites for his course syllabi & materials-
We must be the change we wish to see in the world- Gandhi