Guest Lecturers

Superintendents Dr. Jamie Wilson and Dr. Sandra McCoy-Jackson

Dr. Jamie Wilson (left) and Dr. Sandra McCoy-Jackson (right)Denton ISD, Sanger ISD
"The Teachers We Need"
September 26th, 2018

UNT, which began as a normal school, has a longstanding and deep commitment to teacher education. It now graduates approximately 600 prospective teachers per year, many of whom are hired by regional school districts. With all the challenges facing public education and the teaching profession today, it is increasingly important to have articulation between universities and school districts. Critical issues include the following:

  • Public education and the teaching profession
  • Teachers as leaders and advocates
  • Teacher qualities needed for today’s schools
  • Teachers and administrators as school district partners for student success

This event fosters dialogue between regional school district leaders and UNT faculty and graduate students in teacher education and educational leadership. It is co-hosted by the Mike Moses Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership.

Professor Rob Tierney

Dr. TierneyUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
"Searching for Epistemological and Educational Multitopia"
February 27th, 2018

Rob Tierney is Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Honorary Professor and immediate Past Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Beijing Normal University, and conjoint Professor for the Wollotuka Centre at the University of Newcastle. He has served as a member of the faculties at the Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Arizona, Harvard University, and University of California-Berkeley.

Tierney has published numerous books and scholarly articles focused on literacy education, teacher development, cross-national educational research, educational assessment, and equity. His recent projects include research on global epistemologies, digital literacy, transnational scholarship, teacher development in China, and indigenous developments in Australia. He has served as editor of major research journals and as Editor-in-Chief for the International Encyclopedia of Education (4th ed. with K. Gutiérrez, F. Rizvi, and G. H. Smith). He has conducted research for US government and Canadian agencies and has engaged in projects for UNESCO, Children’s Television Workshop, Apple Computer, the World Bank, and various foundations and university consortium groups. Dr. Tierney will speak at UNT after returning from Africa, where he is working on a project in Nigeria.

In Canada he served as President of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education and guided the formulation of national accords on education. In Australia he has been actively involved in national, state, and local teacher education and in educational research and indigenous efforts. During his tenure in the US, he was President of the Literacy Research Association and Chair of the National Assembly of Research for the National Council of Teachers of English. He has been the recipient of a number of international and national awards.

Some of Rob Tierney’s papers are available at his website.

Professor Denise Egéa

Dr. EgéaNazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
"Growing Plurilingual in a Multicultural Country: The Case of Kazakhstan"
May 2nd, 2017

Denise Egéa is Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, USA, and Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. Among other titles, she is a Fellow in the Philosophy of Education Society, a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, and an Officer in the prestigious French Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Across disciplines and borders, her primary areas of scholarship are philosophy of education and curriculum studies, culture and language studies, and philosophy and methodology of research, with a focus on ethics and on human, cultural, linguistic, and educational rights.

She is currently conducting three major research projects. The first is Education in Central Asia: Growing Pains in “The Land Beyond the River,” to be published by Springer. In a second project, funded by a grant from Nazarbayev University, she focuses on “ancient Kazakhstani philosophers,” “the philosophers of the steppe” (Akyns, storytellers, zhyrau, and bies), to explore what Kazakhstani philosophers can teach education. The third project, inspired by her students, is the topic of this presentation, “growing plurilingual in a multicultural country.”

Professor Paige Ware

Dr. WareSouthern Methodist University
"Conventions and Conversations: Adolescent Writers in Offline and Online Worlds"
April 6th, 2017

Professor Paige Ware is Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. Prior to earning her doctorate in Education, Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley, she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. Fluent in Spanish and German, she was a Fulbright scholar in Germany before moving to Spain, where she taught in a bilingual Spanish-English elementary program.  

Her research focuses on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness through international and domestic online language and culture partnerships.  Her research has been funded by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship, by the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), and by the Ford Scholars program at SMU.  She is also the principal investigator of a Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) professional development grant supporting educators in obtaining their ESL supplemental certification.

Professor Walter S. Gershon

Dr. GershonKent State University
"Resonance and Reverb: The Possibilities and Challenges for Sound and the Sensual in Curriculum Studies and Qualitative Research"
November 17th, 2015

Dr. Walter S. Gershon, Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University, focuses on the ways in which young people make sense, the sociocultural processes that inform their everyday sense-making, and the qualitative methods used to study those processes. In addition to multiple book chapters, articles in such journals as Cultural Studies<=>Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Journal of Sonic Studies, and other publications, Dr. Gershon is guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing on the topic of Sensual Curriculum and is lead/founding editor of the International Journal of Curriculum & Social Justice. His forthcoming book, Overlooked: Formal Curriculum and Urban Elementary Students in an Era of Standardization, slated for publication in the winter of 2016, is part of Lexington book series "Race and Education in the 21st Century."

Professors José Luis Arce Lepe and Julio Edgardo Arellano Velásquez
with Students Diana Hernández Aguinaga and Xitlaly Atziri Medina Silva

Jalisco GuestsEscuela Normal para Educadoras de Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico
"Teacher Education in Mexico: Focus on Jalisco"
October 8th, 2015

Visiting lecturers from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, described the state’s normal school system, which prepares teachers for various levels of education. Their own school, Escuela Normal para Educadoras de Arandas. prepares prospective teachers for early childhood education and primary education based on values of freedom, cooperation, respect, responsibility, lifelong learning, self-knowledge, and innovation. Pedagogical approaches at the school include project- and problem-based learning, case-based learning, service learning, collaborative learning, and also identification and analysis of critical incidents. The goal is to prepare teachers who use critical and creative thinking to solve problems and make decisions; collaborate with others to create innovative projects that have a social impact; engage in lifelong learning; act ethically; apply communication skills in various contexts; and use information and communication technologies. The four speakers also discussed issues relative to the teaching profession in Mexico, including regulation, salaries, benefits, status, and job security, and they also pointed to theorists and researchers whose work is particularly influential in Mexico.

Professor Rosalind Horowitz

Dr. Rosalind HorowitzThe University of Texas at San Antonio
"Literacy and Orality: The Reconstitution of Writing in Technologically and Culturally Evolving Contexts"
November 20th, 2014

At The University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Rosalind Horowitz is Professor of Education in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Development. She also serves as Ambassador of Tier I Research and as member of UTSA's Research Advisory Board to the President. A former Spencer fellow, she is a leading scholar in the field of discourse and literacy studies. Through the years she has been well known for her work connecting orality and literacy, including her edited book, Talking Texts: How Speech and Writing Interact in School Learning. A forthcoming book, which she edited with S. Jay Samuels, is titled The Achievement Gap in Reading: Complex Causes, Persistent Issues, Possible Solutions.  Dr. Horowitz has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus/a of the University of Minnesota--one of only 100 University of Minnesota graduates from 1905-2005 to receive this recognition. An important role currently held by Dr. Horowitz is Chair of the Special Interest Group on Research in Reading and Literacy of the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Horowitz is active internationally, having served as a visiting faculty member in Russia and visiting scholar at the University of Toronto. She has spoken on oral-written relationships in discourse in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America, in multiple European countries, and in Israel.

Professor Zhang Hua

Dr. Zhang HuaHangzhou Normal University
"Internationalization of Curriculum Studies"
April 9th, 2014

Former President of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS), Dr. Zhang Hua is Professor of Education and Dean of the Graduate School of Educational Studies at Hangzhou Normal University in China. He also serves the National Educational Ministry in China as a major expert on national curriculum reform. A leader in the internationalization of curriculum studies, he is on the editorial boards of Global Education and Transnational Curriculum Inquiry. Dr. Zhang Hua's research interests include curriculum studies, curriculum history, wisdom traditions, internationalization of curriculum studies, curriculum reform, teacher education, restructuring of classroom teaching, philosophy of education, and moral education.

Professor Hongyu Wang

Dr. Hongyu WangOklahoma State University
"Curriculum Dynamics of Nonviolence"
December 2nd, 2013

Dr. Hongyu Wang, Professor of Curriculum Studies at Oklahoma State University, is well-known for her scholarship in curriculum theory and multicultural education. She engages East-West dialogue and works with and through differences of thought, as in her book titled The Call from the Stranger on Her Way Home: Curriculum in the Third Space and in two edited collections, A Journey to Unlearn and Learn in Multicultural Education and Cross-Cultural Studies in Curriculum. Her recent scholarship, including Nonviolence and Education: Cross-Cultural Pathways, draws from American and Chinese intellectual traditions in making the case for nonviolence as visionary work in education.