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Nicholas Burbules

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, Stanford University, 1983
  • M.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 1979
  • B.A., Philosophy, Religious Studies, Grinnell College, 1975

Key Professional Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994-present
  • Affiliate, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989-1994
  • Assistant, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies, University of Utah, 1983-1989

Activities & Honors

  • Fellow, Fellow of the International Academy of Education, 2010-present
  • Gutgsell Professor, Office of the Provost, 2009-2014
  • Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor, College of Education, 2002-2007
  • Recipient, Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Philosophy of Education, James and Helen Merritt Foundation, 2004
  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
  • Distinguished Senior Scholar, College of Education, 2001-2002
  • Faculty Exchange Award, University of Leuven, 2001

Research Statement

My research focuses on philosophy of education; teaching and dialogue; critical social and political theory; and technology and education.

My major current projects include work on ethical and policy issues concerning new technologies in education; virtual reality; collaboration; and dialogue and "third spaces."

Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Interagency Education Research Initiative: Planning Grant for National Data Collection Center, National Science Foundation, 2000-2001
  • Principal Investigator, Can Knowledge be Distributed? The Dynamics of Knowledge in Interdisciplinary Alliances, National Science Foundation (National Center for Supercomputing Applications), 1999-2003

Select Publications

  • Burbules, N., Lambeir, B. (2003). The importance of new technologies in promoting collaborative educational research. Beyond empiricism: On criteria for educational research,. University Press: Leuven, Belgium.
  • Burbules, N. (2003). Educational research as a social discourse. Beyond empiricism: On criteria for educational research. University Press: Leuven, Belgium.
  • Burbules, N., Callister, T., Jr, . (2000). Watch IT: The promises and risks of new information technologies for education. Westview Press: Boulder, CO.
  • Burbules, N. (2000). Does the Internet constitute a global educational community? Globalization and education: Critical perspectives. Routledge: New York.
  • Burbules, N., Callister, T., Jr, . (2000). Universities in transition: The promise and the challenge of new technologies. Teachers College Record, 102(2), 273-295.
  • Burbules, N. (2000). Philosophy of education. Routledge international companion to education. Routledge: New York.
  • Burbules, N. (1993). Dialogue in teaching: Theory and practice. New York: Teachers College Press. Selected for the American Educational Studies Association "Critics' Choice" Award, 1993. Selected for an invited book signing by the Conference on Intergroup Dialogue. University of Michigan.