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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is ranked 8th in the nation, according to 2015 US News and World Report. The faculty addresses critical issues of learning, teaching, and social justice at global and local levels. The department emphasizes preparation and continuing professional development of early childhood, elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators. Faculty and students are committed to seeking deep interconnections among theory, research, and practice.

Welcome the new Department of Curriculum and Instruction Faculty.

Professor Luz MurilloLuz Alba Murillo
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Murillo's research examines the literacies of Indigenous, Latina/o, and other minoritized groups through the lenses of border theory, critical ethnography, and decolonizing pedagogies. Her work explores the intersections of language and culture and how these shape literacy learning and practice in linguistically diverse families, communities, and schools. More...

Professor Patrick SmithPatrick Smith
Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on language and literacy education and practice in multilingual communities. He studies the hybrid literacies of transnational immigrants and migrant students moving between Mexico, Texas, and Illinois, and the forms of human capital generated by Spanish/English biliteracy. More...

Professor Stephanie SmithStephanie C. Smith
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Smith’s research portrays a commitment to diversity issues and utilizes a sociological research lens to explore the effects of differing pedagogic methods in early childhood programs serving high-need populations in Chicago. In addition, her research involves understanding teacher attitudes toward diverse families and subsequent barriers to family engagement. More...