David M. Tack, Ph.D.
Department of Teaching & Learning
University of North Dakota
Education Building, Rm 390
231 Centennial Dr. Stop 7189
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Dr. David Tack is an assistant professor of secondary education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. A former high-school English teacher, Dr. Tack taught in North Dakota. Originally from East Grand Forks, MN, he spent his summers on the farm with his father and voraciously reading with his librarian mother (and proud UND graduate).
In 1997 Dr. Tack earned a Bachelor’s of Science in English Education with a coaching minor from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN. He was hired in the fall of 1997 at Fargo South High School, where he taught sophomore and senior English, as well as introductory journalism classes. He was the distance coach for track, an assistant coach for boys cross country, and the head girls cross country coach (for which he was awarded the EDC and North Dakota coach of the year in 2004).
It was during his time at Fargo South when Dr. Tack returned to MSU Moorhead to work on his Master’s degree. In 2001 he graduated with an MS in Curriculum and Instruction after researching students’ perceptions of effective homework practices.
Dr. Tack finished the last six years of his teaching at Fargo North High school, where he taught Advanced Placement English literature, senior English, and developmental senior English. The students voted him the Fargo North Teacher of the Year for the 2005-2006 school year. In May 2006, Dr. Tack was recognized for the inaugural Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award by NDSU, as well as the Sunmart/Froggy 99.9 Excellence in Education award.
He began working on his Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota while teaching full time at Fargo North. Dr. Tack completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2010 with a focus on K-12 teacher education. His research focused on using visualization and breathing techniques to reduce school-related distress with high-ability secondary students.
Dr. Tack was hired as an assistant professor of Educational Foundations at MSU Moorhead in 2010, where he was the coordinator of secondary education for four years. He primarily taught courses in the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education to undergraduate and Master’s students, as well as graduate courses on research methods and secondary curriculum. In April 2012, Dr. Tack was nominated and selected to be the featured keynote speaker for the MSUM Student Academic Conference. In the spring of 2016, Dr. Tack received tenure and promotion to associate professor.
During his time at MSUM, he was actively involved with area schools. Dr. Tack had a four-year partnership with the Detroit Lakes Public schools, where he was fortunate to work alongside the instructional coaches, K-12 teachers, administrators and support staff on provided targeted professional development on Understanding by Design, formative assessments, and curriculum mapping. He also partnered with alternative schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area to provide service-learning experiences with his undergraduate classes.
Dr. Tack was hired by UND in the Fall of 2016. He currently teaches a course on classroom environments for undergraduates, and teaching models to Master’s students, and will teach action research in future semesters.
Dr. Tack’s research interests include teaching for social justice, creating community within the school environment, and strategies to ease school-related distress. He has presented papers at numerous local, state, and international conferences. Dr. Tack also provided the keynote addresses at local and multi-state conferences, and has been invited to lead district-wide professional development sessions for K-12 educators.