Sarah Stitzlein

Sarah M Stitzlein

Professor

Teachers College

610F

CECH Language, Literacy, & Learning Desi - 0022

610-F Teachers College
2612 McMicken Circle
CIncinnati, Ohio 45221

Professional Summary

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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.  

Education

Philosophy of Education, Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Research Support

Investigators:Stitzlein, Sarah 06-01-2015 -08-31-2016 Spencer Foundation Revitalizing Public Schools with Citizen Responsibility Role:PI $35,176.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #46501 Investigators:Stitzlein, Sarah 01-01-2016 -12-31-2016 John Templeton Foundation Non-Residential Fellowship Role:PI $46,352.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #582K304 Investigators:Stitzlein, Sarah 01-01-2017 -10-31-2017 Spencer Foundation HOPE IN DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION Role:PI $39,986.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Publications

Published Books

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. )Reviving Hope in Democracy: Teaching Hope and Overcoming Despair .New York ,Oxford University Press

Honors and Awards

2012 Joyce Gibbs Women's Studies Award

2011 University of New Hampshire Outstanding Professor

2011 -2012 American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2011 -2012 NSF Noyce Scholarship Program Grant

2011 Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship

2009 American Educational Studies Critics Choice Book Award

2006 Miami University Greek System Honored Professor

2003 American Educational Research Association Mentor Award

2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship

2018 Excellence in Teaching Award

Positions and Work Experience

2005 -2007 VIsiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Educational Leadership and Women's Studies, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

2007 -2012 Assistant and Associate Professor, Departments of Education and Women's Studies, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

2012 -2017 Associate Professor, Curriculum Theory, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2017 - Professor of Education, Affiliate Faculty in Philosophy, University of Cincinnati,

Research and Practice Interests

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. 
 

Other Information

Sarah M. Stitzlein*
 
University of Cincinnati   •   615-S Teachers College
2612 McMicken Circle   •   Cincinnati, OH 45221   •   513-556-2439   •   Sarah.Stitzlein@uc.edu
 
Education
            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
 
Academic Positions
            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
 
Books
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,

Contact Information

610-F Teachers College
2612 McMicken Circle
CIncinnati  Ohio, 45221
Phone: 513-556-2439
Sarah.Stitzlein@uc.edu