Biography

My research interests include philosophy of education, gender and sexuality studies, environmental education, and multicultural theory. My first book, Disputing the Subject of Sex (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, reprinted in paperback, 2007) details clashes over AIDS education and gay inclusive multicultural education in New York State in the 1980s and 1990s. My second book LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices (Teachers College Press, 2013) examines laws, school policies, curricular approaches and student organizing related to LGBTQ issues.

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Key Professional Appointments

Director of Online LearningEducation Policy, Organization and Leadership, College of Education, 2013 - present

Associate ProfessorEPS and GWS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 2012

Interim DirectorGender and Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - 2009

Assistant ProfessorEducational Policy Studies/ Women's and Gender Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003 - 2005

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Education, University of Delaware, 2001 - 2003

Assistant ProfessorEducational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998 - 2001

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Education

Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998

M.A., Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

B.A., History & Women's Studies, State University of New York, 1989

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Body of Work AwardAmerican Educational Research AssociationQueer SIG, 2014 - 2014

Critics' Choice Book AwardAmerican Educational Studies Association, 2014 - 2014

Campus Online Teaching AwardUniversity of Illinois, 2013 - 2013

Distinguished College ScholarCollege of EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005 - 2006

Research & Service

My research interests include philosophy of education, gender and sexuality studies, environmental education, and multicultural theory. My first book, Disputing the Subject of Sex (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, reprinted in paperback, 2007) details clashes over AIDS education and gay inclusive multicultural education in New York State in the 1980s and 1990s. My second book LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices (Teachers College Press, 2013) examines laws, school policies, curricular approaches and student organizing related to LGBTQ issues. I include discussions of gay/straight alliances in public schools and their work in the formation of associational identities, examining how such groups organize around and address differences of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and sexuality. My next research project examines environmental education programs and their implications for thinking about ethics as well as local and global identities. I am also working on a project on online pedagogies that encourage learning relationships and examinations of differences.

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Publications

Mayo, C. (2013). LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices. . Teachers College Press: New York, .

Mayo, C. (2013). “Unsettled Relations: Schools, Gay Marriage, and Educating for Sexuality,. Educational Theory, 63(5), 543-558.

Mayo, C. (2013). “Humorous Relations: Attentiveness, Pleasure, and Risk,” Educational Policy and Theory, 45(8), 1-12.

Mayo, C. (2010). Queer Lessons: Sexual and gender minorities and multiculturalism. Multicultural education: Issues and perspectives. Wiley: New York, .

Mayo, C. (2008). Obscene associations: Gay-straight alliances, the equal access act, and abstinence-only policy. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 5(2), 44-55.

Mayo, C. (2007). Queering foundations: Queer and LGBT educational research. Review of Research in Education, 31, 76-94.

Mayo, C. (2006). Pushing the limits of liberalism: Queerness, children, and the future. Educational Theory, 56, 469-487.

Mayo, C. (2004). The tolerance that dare not speak its name. Disturbing speech, troubling silence. Peter Lang: New York, .

Mayo, C. (2004). Queering school communities: Ethical curiosity and gay straight alliances. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, 1(3), 23-36.

Mayo, C. (2004). Disputing the subject of sex: Sexuality and public school controversy. . Rowman and Littlefield: Boulder, CO, .

Mayo, C. (2003). "Sly Decency." Invited response to Cheshire Calhoun, Philosophy of Education 2002, edited by Barbara Houston, (Urbana,. Philosophy of Education Society, 2003), 36-39.

Mayo, C. (2002). Framing AIDS: Policy, politics, and the uncertainty of facts: A Review. . Gay and Lesbian Quarterly: , .

Mayo, C. (2002). The bind that ties: Civility and social difference. Educational Theory, 52, 169-186.

Mayo, C. (2000). The uses of Foucault. Educational Theory, 50, 103-116.

Mayo, C. (2000). Curious alliance: Post-identity politics, sexuality, and student resistance to curricula. Philosophical Studies in Education, 32, 55-62.

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Grants

Principal InvestigatorQueering school communities: Gay straight alliances and the politics of association, Campus Research Board, 2006

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Service

Volunteer Faculty Director, Odyssey ProjectCOE - EPS, 2010 - 9999

PresidentAmerican Educational Studies Association, 2013 - 2014

vice president, elected 2011American Educational Studies Association, 2011 - 2012

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Courses

Technology &Educational Reform Examines the normative and policy issues raised by the use of new information and communication technologies in education. The course is interdisciplinary, drawing from social and historical as well as philosophical perspectives on these issues. Course Information: 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

Politics of Education Overview of the political structure and processes through which many of the major issues in education are treated; analyzes nature of the policymaking process in education and discusses the roles of principal participants in the process of educational decision making, but focuses on fundamental recurring issues in education and the ways these issues have been resolved or not resolved by the overall system. Particular attention to the role that both the federal and state judiciary as well as legislative authority have had in shaping educational policy. Course Information: 2 or 4 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

Philosophy of Middle School This course is intended as an introduction to the philosophical, social, and cultural foundations of middle level education. Course Information: 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours.

Contemporary Philosophy of Ed Analyzes exemplary current work in the field, covering a range of contrasting philosophical issues and approaches. The course goal is to provide familiarity with notable contemporary authors from a variety of perspectives. Course Information: Prerequisite: Coursework in philosophy or philosophy of education, or consent of instructor.

Western Educational Classics Reading and group discussion of a limited number of the most important writings in educational philosophy which have had a profound influence on the progress of educational thought and practice. Course Information: Prerequisite: EPS 401 or equivalent; consent of instructor.

Race, Gender & Sexuality Issu Examines contemporary theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as analyzing how their dynamics play out in U.S. public schooling and history. In an attempt to discuss a range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to diversity, we will shift among historical, sociological, political, theoretical and pedagogical issues. Traces the place of diversity in forming notions of citizenship, community, identity, and political affiliation/alliance. While two extended examples will focus on the interplay of race, class, and gender in the school-based issues of drop out rates and gendered interactions in the classroom and playground, we will also consider contemporary theories of diversity in local and global contexts. Course Information: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Education with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity in Education Program or instructor approval.

Sexualities and Education Examines policy, curricula, and research on sexuality in education, including the resurgence of virginity and chastity, HIV/AIDS education, education for pregnant teens, sexual orientation and gender identity-related non-discrimination policies and speech codes in public schools, queer youth, and the relationship among sexuality, race, class, disability, and gender. Considers the term "education" broadly, examining school policies, public heal education, and the educational projects of political and social movements. Readings concentrate on a U.S. context, though AIDS and sex education information from international sources will also be included. Course Information: Same as GWS 545.

Advanced Graduate Seminar Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Cris Mayo

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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