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Sarah M Stitzlein
Office: 610F Teachers College
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I am a Professor of Education and Affiliate Faculty in Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. As a philosopher of education, I explore and clarify key concepts within and purposes of education from the perspective of social and political philosophy. Additionally, I work to uncover problems in education and envision better alternatives. I am especially interested in issues of political agency, educating for democracy, and equity in schools.
My most recently published book, American Public Education and the Responsibility of Its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in an Age of Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2017), supported by a Spencer Foundation grant, responds to the increasing hostile climate toward public education, especially in the era of school choice and lingering neoliberalism. It argues that citizens should support public schools as a central institution of democracy. My previous book,Teaching Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism, investigates the role of political dissent in citizenship education. My AESA Critics Choice award-winning 2008 book, Breaking Bad Habits: Transforming Race and Gender in Schools, draws upon American pragmatism and feminist poststructuralism to offer teachers pathways out of persistent hierarchies of race and gender in schools. This social justice commitment carries throughout my work which has appeared in many journals, including: Educational Theory, Teachers College Record, Review of Educational Research, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Theory and Research in Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, and Educational Studies. I also serve as co-editor for the journal Democracy & Education and co-direct the Center for Hope and Justice Education.
In 2019, I will publish a new book with Oxford University Press entitled Reviving Hope in Democracy: Teaching Hope and Overcoming Despair in America. The initial part of this project was supported by the Templeton Foundation in 2016 and laid out a pragmatist notion of hope and how it could be taught in schools. In 2017 and 2018, I set out on a new extension of that sense of pragmatist hope, supported, in part, by the Center for Ethics & Education. I extended my discussion of hope into explicitly political areas by considering the relationship between hope and a vibrant democracy. Responding to today's political climate, my book explains what hope is, why it matters to democracy, and how we teach it in schools and universities.
I have received the University of New Hampshire Outstanding Professor award and the University of Cincinnati Distinguished Teaching and Golden Apple awards. I am also the recipient of the American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship.
I enjoy speaking to student and civic groups, where I address controversies in education from inequalities in schools to charter school conundrums to the role of schools in society. I translate difficult philosophical ideas underlying educational issues into understandable and thought-provoking conversations. I have spoken to high school student groups, public policy institutes, elected officials, advocacy organizations, public radio shows, and universities.
- Philosophy of Education, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
The overarching goal of my scholarship is to make schools more just and equitable places for all students and teachers. My work centers on two themes: educational equality and education for democracy. These themes similarly stem from my commitment to diversity within democratic societies and are united by a central concern with political agency. Political agency involves knowledge, skill, and activity, and is enacted to ensure that one’s well-being is justly considered in political and civic matters. It is a product of good democratic education and is a tool employed in the struggle for educational and social equality. My scholarship in the area of educational equality is aimed at understanding how inequality occurs and offering directions for alleviating it. The most longstanding aim of education in America is the preparation of citizens who sustain and improve democracy. My research strengthens this venerable tradition by investigating aspects of democratic life that are particularly important for teachers and students to cultivate in schools today. My publications intervene in current discussions regarding the implications of changing curricula, transformative efforts of social justice education, and political underpinnings of educational policies.
- (PI), Stitzlein, Sarah, Revitalizing Public Schools with Citizen Responsibility, Spencer Foundation. $35,176.00. 06-01-2015 to 08-31-2016. Status: Awarded.
- (PI), Stitzlein, Sarah, Non-Residential Fellowship, John Templeton Foundation. (46501), $46,352.00. 01-01-2016 to 12-31-2016. Status: Active.
- (PI), Stitzlein, Sarah, HOPE IN DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION, Spencer Foundation. (582K304), $39,986.00. 01-01-2017 to 10-31-2017. Status: Awarded.
- Sarah M. Stitzlein (2017). American Public Education and the Responsibility of its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in an Age of Accountability. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Sarah M. Stitzlein (2012). Teaching for Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism. New York: Routledge.
- Sarah M. Stitzlein (2008). Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender: Transforming Identity in Schools. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Sarah M. Stitzlein (2019). (Under Review). Reviving Hope in Democracy: Teaching Hope and Overcoming Despair. New York: Oxford University Press.
Honors & Awards
- Joyce Gibbs Women's Studies Award, 2012.
- University of New Hampshire Outstanding Professor, 2011.
- American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2011 to 2012.
- NSF Noyce Scholarship Program Grant, 2011 to 2012.
- Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, 2011.
- American Educational Studies Critics Choice Book Award , 2009.
- Miami University Greek System Honored Professor, 2006.
- American Educational Research Association Mentor Award, 2003.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship, 2010.
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018.
Experience & Service
- 2005 to 2007, VIsiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
- 2007 to 2012, Assistant and Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
- 2012 to 2017, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
- 2017Professor of Education, University of Cincinnati.
Sarah M. Stitzlein*
University of Cincinnati • 615-S Teachers College
2612 McMicken Circle • Cincinnati, OH 45221 • 513-556-2439 • Sarah.Stitzlein@uc.edu
Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies—Philosophy of Education
Minor: Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, 2005
M.Ed. Educational Leadership—Curriculum Theory and Teacher Leadership
Miami University, 2002
B.A. Philosophy, magna cum laude, university honors, & honors in philosophy
Minor: Mathematics, Miami University, 2001
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, 2012 through present
Curriculum Theory and Philosophy of Education & Affiliate in the Philosophy Department
Co-Director, Center for Hope and Justice Education, 2014-current
Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire, 2007-2012
Philosophy of Education & Core Faculty member in the Women’s Studies Program
Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2005-2007
Educational Leadership & Women’s Studies Programs
Stitzlein, Sarah M. Teaching for Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2012.
- American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award Winner, 2012.
- Review of book authored by David Oliver Kasdan and published in Education and Culture 30, no. 2 (2014): 107-110.
- Review of book authored by Ian MacMullen and published in Political Science Quarterly, 129, no. 2 (2014): 358-360.
- Review of book authored by Morgan Faison and published in Teachers College Record (2013).
- Review of book authored by Kurt Stemhagen and published in Journal of Philosophy of Education (2013).
- Review of book authored by Gregory Soden and published in the Journal of International Social Studies.
- Review of book authored by H.M. Miller and published in Choice Reviews, 50, no. 9, (2013): 1684.
- Review of book authored by Richard M. Battistoni and published in in Perspectives on Politics, 11, no. 4 (2013): 1135-1138.
- Nominated for the AERA Outstanding Book Award (2013).
Stitzlein, Sarah M. Breaking Bad Habits of Race and Gender: Transforming Identity in Schools. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2008.
- American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award Winner, 2009.
- Review of book authored by Sue Ellen Henry and published in Teachers College Record (2010).
- Review of book authored by Barbara Applebaum and published in Journal of Philosophy of Education (2011).
- Review of book authored by Stephanie Burrell and published in Vitae Scholasticae vol. 27, no. 2 (2010).
- Review of book authored by Kurt Stemhagen in Journal of Philosophy of Educa