Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in the Sociology of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2009
- Dissertation Title: On Education and Social Power: The Educational Theories of W.E.B. Du Bois and Their Relevance to African-Centered Education
Master’s Degree in Inner-City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 2002
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1998
Teaching and Advising Experience
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Inquiry, National-Louis University, 2015-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Inquiry, National-Louis University, 2009-present
- Helped to design a Global Policy Studies doctoral program.
- Designed and revised graduate courses.
- Assisted with revisions to the Curriculum, Advocacy and Policy (CAP, formerly Curriculum and Social Inquiry) doctoral program.
- Member of the coordinating team for the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL)-Masters of Arts in Teaching and the Urban Masters of Education residency programs, focused on course alignment across disciplines and program assessments.
- Developed and taught on-line and blended courses.
- Advised CAP and Educational Leadership doctoral students.
- Chaired and served on dissertation committees.
- Served on admissions committees for the CAP doctoral program.
- Supported community-outreach initiatives.
- Coordinated development of departmental website.
- Served as a guest lecturer for courses in Educational Leadership, Curriculum Studies, and Urban Education courses.
- Courses taught:
- CCD 605: Scholarly Habits of Mind
- CCD 610B: Doctoral Core II (Sociology of Education)
- CCD 690: Race, Ethnicity, and Education
- CCD 690: Global Studies in Education
- CSI 601: Cultures of Schools and Communities
- CSI 693: Curriculum Seminar
- ELE/SEC 527: Policy and Politics of Urban Education
- ESR 514: Researchers in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
- ESR 604: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
- FND 510: Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education
- FND 511: Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives
Fulbright scholar and lecturer, Department of History Education, University of Education, Winneba, 2015-2016
- Reviewed graduate theses
- Assisted in the planning and coordination of National History Day
- Course taught:
- HSTY 232: World History II: From 1914 to 1992
- HSTY 244w: History of Women’s Movements
- Courses designed
- African Diasporan History
- Great Pan-African Thinkers
Adjunct Instructor, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, 2012
- Developed a curriculum that interrogated the global and domestic contexts of poverty, opportunity, and migration.
- Devised multiple in-class and out-of class assignments and projects designed to foster student’s critical thinking and reflection.
- Effectively used educational technology to expose students to a variety of Sociology-related films, news articles, public radio programs, websites, and interactive software.
- Course taught:
- EICSICSE 427F: The Urban World
“Maat as Liberatory Praxis.” Eternal Year of the African, edited by Bart McSwine and Asantewaa Oppong Wadie. Chicago, IL: Frontline Books (forthcoming).
“Time to start the revolution”: Hip Hop and Social Justice Education.” Journal of Pan African Studies 9, no. 4 (2016): 341-363.
“Jacob H. Carruthers and the African-Centered Discourse on Knowledge, Worldview, and Power.” Journal of Pan African Studies 5, no. 4 (2012): 24-45.
“To Break Asunder Along the Lesions of Race: The Critical Race Theory of W.E.B. Du Bois.” Race, Ethnicity and Education 14, no. 5 (2011): 585-602.
“Afrocentricity.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, edited by Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn Herr. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007.
“Kwanzaa.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, edited by Gary L. Anderson and Kathryn Herr. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007.
“Slavery of the Mind: Carter G. Woodson and Jacob H. Carruthers – Intergenerational Discourse on African Education and Social Change.” Western Journal of Black Studies. 29, no. 1 (2006): 542-546.
“’A Lonely Truth can be Brought Down by a Pack of Lies,’ PBS’s The Rise of the Black Pharaohs, Concessions and the On-Going Battle for Kemet.” Kemetic Voice, Winter 2016 (2016): 22-26.
“Martial Arts, Capoeira and Sankofa,” Blac Foundation archives, Black Martial Arts (2014): http://www.blacfoundation.org/pdf/Sankofa.pdf.
“The Lamentations of Oppression: The Multifarious Nature of Race and Racism”. Illinois Transatlantic Slave Trade Commission’s Occasional Papers, 1, no. 2 (2014).
“Thoughts on Returning Home and Healing the Casualties of Intellectual War.” Kemetic Voice, Winter 2014 (2014): 31-35.
Works in Progress
“The deep well”: Jacob H. Carruthers and the reclamation of an African worldview
“The battle for humanity is not lost or losing”: The critical theory of W.E.B. Du Bois
“Truth is a heavy weapon in the struggle for African freedom”: Anderson Thompson and the Chicago School of African-centered Thought
History of Black Social Movements in Chicago: 1965-1984. A collaborative oral history project.
Revitalization of mdw nTr as a living language. A working group of scholars in linguistics, philosophy, and sociology led by Dr. Rkhty Amen.
Select conference Presentations
“Restoring Continuity, Overcoming Discontinuity: Du Bois and African-Centered Education”. Paper read at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Chicago, Illinois, April 15, 2015.
“Crafting a Science of Liberation: Reflections on an African-Centered Sociology”. Paper read at the International Conference for the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, Seattle, Washington, March 20, 2015.
“Returning to the Black Land: Jacob H. Carruthers, Black Studies, and the On-going Struggle for Liberation.” Paper read at the Tenth Annual Jacob H. Carruthers Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 14, 2015.
“’A lonely truth can be brought down by a pack of lies’: PBS’s Black Pharaohs, concessions, and the on-going Battle for Kemet.” Paper read at the Midwest Regional Conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 2013.
“America’s Most Wanted: Africans in Postracial America” Paper read at the American Educational Research Association conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4, 2014.
“Maat as liberatory praxis”. Paper read at the International Conference for the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, Newark, New Jersey, March 14, 2014.
Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, 2015-2016
Service to the University
National-Louis University and National College of Education
- Member of a working group to design a Global Policy Studies doctoral program
- Designer of workshop series on ethnicity and culture, racism, and service-learning for undergraduate pre-service teacher candidates
- Co-designer of doctoral core course: Teacher Knowledge in the Disciplines
- Member of planning committee for the Urban M.Ed. program
- Member of Research and Strategic Implementation committee
- Recipient of a Federal Funds for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant to study urban teacher residencies.
- Member of M.A.T. planning committee for the NLU-AUSL residency program, 2010-2012.
- Doctoral dissertation committee member
- Member of Curriculum Council/Curriculum Committee 2011-2013
- Member of the Faculty Standards, Evaluation, and Appeal Committee 2011-2013
- Member of the Student Academic Standards Committee
- Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Damnation of Women: The Oppressive Nexus of Race, Gender, and Culture”. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, National-Louis University, January 26, 2012.
- Panel participant, “All Men Shall Rise”. Sponsored by Deveda Francois and the African American Empowerment Organization, February 27, 2013.
Educational Foundations and Inquiry
- Member of admissions committee for the Curriculum Advocacy and Policy doctoral program
- Assisted with revising and designing Educational Foundations and Curriculum Advocacy and Policy courses
- Advisor and dissertation chair for CAP students
- Developed a draft proposal for an internet-based master’s degree program focusing on globalization, education, and social-justice
Service to the profession
- Discussant for session at AERA 2015: “Common Core and Legacies of Race/Poverty: Contesting the Promising but Complicated Premise of Comparable Education”.
- Member of conference planning committee for the American Educational Studies Association’s 2015 conference.
- Reviewer for the American Educational Research Association’s 2015 conference for AERA SIG Critical Educators for Social Justice and AERA SIG Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Education
- Committee member for the American Educational Research Association’s Critics Choice Book Award, 2014.
- Reviewer for the Critical Race Studies in Education Association conferences 2012-2016
- Chair, Education Commission, Midwest Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, 2011 to present
- Chair of the Education Committee, Kemetic Institute of Chicago, 2013-present
- Editorial Committee member, Kemetic Institute of Chicago, 2014-present
- At-large reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal, 2013-2014.
- At-large reviewer for Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal, 2013.
- Technology Coordinator, Critical Race Studies in Education Association, 2011-2012
- Member of the executive team, Critical Race Studies in Education Association, 2011-2012
- Member of the Education Committee, Kemetic Institute of Chicago, 2009-2013
- At-large reviewer, Journal for Curriculum Theorizing, 2010-2011
- Member of the Planning Committee for the American Educational Studies Association’s 2011 conference
- Reviewer for the American Educational Research Association’s 2012 conference for AERA Division B-Curriculum Studies/Section 6 Youth Organizing and Communities in Action
- Reviewer for the American Educational Research Association’s 2011 conference for AERA SIG Critical Educators for Social Justice and Division B-Curriculum Studies
- Assisted in coordinating a faculty mentorship program for the AERA special interest group Critical Educators for Social Justice, 2010
- Member, coordinating committee, Fifth Annual Jacob H. Carruthers Conference, 2010
- Member, coordinating committee, Midwest Region conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, 2009
Service to the community
- Presenter on “African Paradigms of Mental Health” for Mental Health Awareness Month at the Cook Country Jail, Chicago, IL, May 11, 2015.
- Workshop presenter on “Designing Culturally Relevant Curriculum for 4th-6th graders”, Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce Education Forum, Northeastern Illinois University, March 28, 2015.
- Guest on the Straight No Chaser Show discussing homeschooling, IntellectualRadio.com, Chicago, IL March 16, 2015.
- Invited speaker, Temple of the African Community of Chicago, February 8, 2015.
- Facilitator, “Globalization in Africa”, Teaching About Africa, Kemetic Institute of Chicago, 25th Annual African Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL, August 30 to September, 1 2014.
- Invited speaker, Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce Education Forum, Northeastern Illinois University, March 8, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Saint Louis Community College, February 24 and 25, 2014.
- Featured presenter, the Communiversity, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, February 8, 2014.
- Invited speaker, Temple of the African Community of Chicago, February 2, 2014.
- Featured guest, WSTA 1340 AM, Virgin Islands, April, 6, 2013.
- Keynote speaker at Malcolm X College’s City Wide Kwanzaa Celebration, Chicago, IL, December 27, 2012.
- Capoeira workshop facilitator, Self Care Series, Hines VA Hospital, Maywood, IL, November 28, 2012
- Featured guest, Salim Muwakkil Show, WVON, Chicago, IL, October 3, 2012.
- Keynote speaker at Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies Alumni Mixer, Chicago, IL October 6, 2012.
- Facilitator, “African Historiography”, Teaching About Africa, Kemetic Institute of Chicago, Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies, Chicago, IL, January 21, 2012.
- In-studio guest, Santita Jackson Show, WVON, Chicago, IL, September 5, 2011
- Panelist, Forum on Music and Movements, African Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL, September 4, 2011
- Featured guest, WSTA 1340 AM, Virgin Islands, September, 3, 2011
- Facilitator, teacher development workshop on African-Centered pedagogy for the faculties of Betty Shabazz International Charter School, Barbara Sizemore Academy, and DuSable Leadership Academy on August 18, 2011
- Co-presenter on Hip Hop and Black Nationalism at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park on February 17, 2011
- Facilitator for community education classes of the Kemetic Institute of Chicago
Basic reading and speaking knowledge of Swahili
Basic reading and writing knowledge of Middle Egyptian
James Anderson, Professor and Head of Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Antonia Darder, Professor of Educational Leadership
Loyola Marymount University
Efrat Sara Efron, Professor of Educational Foundations and Inquiry
Karen Ferneding, Assistant Professor of Education
Southern Arkansas University
Maja Miskovic, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Research
708 209 3554, Maja.Miskovic@cuchicago.edu
Lawrence Parker, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy
University of Utah
Patrick Roberts, Department Chair of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations
Northern Illinois University
Thomas Schwandt, Professor of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chris Span, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David O. Stovall, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
Anderson Thompson, Professor Emeritus of Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
William Trent, Professor of Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign