FACULTY

Pamela Konkol, PhD

Director, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice
Associate Professor of Foundations and Social Policy


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Konkol teaches classes about the social, historical and philosophical foundations of education, qualitative research methodology, pre-service and professional teacher education. Her research interests include the philosophical foundations of educational practice and the social context of education.

She also studies the theoretical and practical implications of educational policy for students, communities and schools. She is very involved in the educational and professional development of teachers and the improvement of their educational practices. Dr. Konkol joined Concordia’s faculty in 2006.

Degrees

  • PhD, Policy Studies in Urban Education: Social Foundations of Education. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction. University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • BS, Communication and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Publications

  • "Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Community Activism as Curriculum." Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice 24, no. 4.
  • "Schooling the Educators of Diverse Students." Multicultural Perspectives: An Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education, in press.
  • "Good for us, Good for our Students: A Self-study of Self-study." Lutheran Educational Journal, 2010.
  • “Visibility Matters: Policy Work as Activism in Teacher Education,” (with S. Horn, K. McInerny, E. Meiners, C. North, I. Nuñez, T. Quinn and S. Sullivan). Issues in Teacher Education 19, no. 2 (2010): 65–80.
  • “Visibility Matters: Higher Education and Teacher Preparation in Illinois: A Web-based Assessment of LGBTQ Presence,” (with S. Horn, K. McInerny, E. Meiners, C. North, I. Nuñez, T. Quinn and S. Sullivan). The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, 2010 and 2008.
  • “Family and Community Contexts in the Communicative, Visual and Performative Arts,” (ed. with V. Chou). Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts, Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, 2008.
  • “You Want Me to Teach Where? Preparing Teacher Candidates to Serve in Culturally and Socially Different Contexts Than Their Own,” (with M. Morkert, I. Nuñez, L. Pollom and K. Stricker). Success in High Need Schools, May 2008.
  • “Developing School Leaders: A Research Review and Directions for Future Inquiry” (with M.A. Smylie, A. Bennett and C.R. Fendt). A New Agenda: Direction for Research on Educational Leadership, Teacher’s College Press, 2005.
  • “In the Context of Multicultural/Pluralistic Issues, What Should School Administrators be Asking Themselves about Standards and Testing?” In R.C. Morris, (ed.). Curriculum professors debate multicultural/pluralistic issues in standards-based curriculum. Orlando, Fla.:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005.
  • “Thinking Differently about Teacher Workforce Development,” (with M. Smylie and D. Miretzky). Developing the Teacher Workforce. The One Hundred and Third Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, 2004.

Presentations

  • "To 'Know Thyself' is Not Enough: Envisioning a Teaching Life Through Autobiographical Narrative," (with I. Nuñez and S. Stumme). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada. April 2012.
  • "Troubling the (Public) Rhetoric of School Reform: The New Visions and Familiar Conflicts of CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education," (with I. Nuñez and B. D. Schultz). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 2012.
  • "Ethos? Ethic? Does It Even Matter? Troubling the Consequences of the Words We Choose." Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, St. Louis, Mo., November 2011.
  • "Reframing the Discipline: Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies." Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association. The Council for Social Foundations of Education Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation, St. Louis, Mo., November 2011.
  • "Education, Ethics and the Construction of Conscience," (with J. Rayle and H. K. Christie). Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, St. Louis, Mo., November 2011.
  • "Reworking the Intersections Between Self and Others: The Role of Autobiographical Narrative in Envisioning Oneself a Teacher of Diverse Students," (with I. Nuñez). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Chicago, November 2011.
  • "So/ewing Creativity: Portrait of a Student-directed Capstone Experience," (with I. Nuñez). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for Multicultural Education, Chicago, November 2011.
  • "Good for Us, Good for Our Students: A Self-study of Self-study" (with I. Nuñez and S. Stumme). American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, La., April 8–12, 2011.
  • "Motion Picture: A Portrait of Reflection-in-action in Teacher Education" (with I. Nuñez and S. Stumme). American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, La. April 8–12, 2011.
  • "Inciting Ethos: Challenging the Predictable to Imagine the Possible for Professional Community." American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New Orleans, La., April 8–12, 2011.
  • "Envisioning Ethos and the Challenge of Conceptual Consensus.” American Educational Studies Association annual meeting, Denver, Colo., October 2010.  
  • “Visibility Still Matters: Reassessing LGBTQ Inclusion in Professional Preparation Programs” (with I. Nuñez). American Educational Studies Association annual meeting, Denver, Colo., October 2010.
  • “Reflective Practice as ‘Best Practice’ in a Degree Program for Practicing Teachers" (with I. Nuñez and S. Stumme). Association of Lutheran College Faculties panel discussion, Irvine, Calif., October 2010.  
  • “Confronting the Mirror: Painting a Portrait of Tension in Teacher Preparation” (with I. Nuñez and C. Madda). American Education Research Association annual meeting, Denver, Colo., May 2010.
  • “Why ‘Black’ and ‘White’ Stick in the Throat: A Portrait of Conflict in Teacher Education,” (with E. Buhring, I. Nuñez and P. Renn). American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2009.
  • “You Want It? We Ain’t Got It: That Elusive Idea of Ethos in Education.” American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2009.
  • “Visibility Does Matter: Assessing the Inclusion of LGBTQ Issues in Teacher Preparation” (with S. Horn, K. McInerny, E. Meiners, C. North, I. Nuñez, T. Quinn and S. Sullivan). American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2009.
  • “A Crazy Little Thing Called Community: Reflective Inquiry Through Collective Practice in a Graduate Cohort Program” (with A. Davison, D. Kowal, C. Manade and A. Trotter). American Educational Studies Association annual meeting, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2009.
  • “A Look Inside and Beyond: The Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative, Performative and Visual Arts, Volume II.” 54th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Minneapolis, Minn., May 2009.
  • “Ethos, Behavior Codification, and Standard-bearing for American Teachers: Intersections and Roadblocks.” Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russian Federation, April 2009.
  • “Are Dispositions All We Got? Documenting Teaching’s Quest for Meaning, Purpose and Identity.” American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 2009.
  • “Making the Invisible Visible: An Assessment of Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs’ Inclusion of LGBTQ Issues.” American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 2009.
  • “Class Secrets: Uncovering Cultural Capital Awareness on Campus,” (with R. Eells, J. Mahay, I. Nunez and D. Soliaga). American Educational Studies Association, Savannah, Ga., October 2008.
  • “Toward a Shared Vision or On a Slippery Slope into the Abyss? Thinking Critically about Ethos, Identity and Dispositions.” 10th International Conference on Education, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, May 2008.
  • “Understanding the Significance of Family and Community Contexts on Learning” (with V. Chou). 53rd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Atlanta, Ga., May 2008.
  • “Codified Behavior, Common Cause, or Something Else Altogether: Teaching’s Anti-ethos Revealed through Archival Analysis.” American Educational Research Association, New York, March 2008.
  • “Payne’s Misframing: Why Understanding Social Class Requires Autobiographical Reflection,” (with I. Nunez and K. Stricker). American Educational Research Association, New York, March 2008.
  • “What are Johnny, Juan and John Jr. Reading? A Document Analysis of the Cultural Capital Worth of Elementary Instructional Texts” (with D. Soliaga). American Educational Research Association, New York, March 2008.
  • “The Quandary of a Professional Ethos for Educators: Professional Ethics, Disposition Development or Something Else Entirely?” American Educational Studies Association, Cleveland, Oh., October 2007.
  • “Working-class Folks Have Working-class Jobs, even in the Academy,” (with I. Nunez and K. Stricker), American Educational Studies Association, Cleveland, Oh.. October 2007.
  • “You Want Me to Teach Where? Preparing Teacher Candidates to Serve in Culturally and Socially Different Contexts Than Their Own” (with M. Morket, I. Nuñez, L. Pollom and K. Stricke), Associated Colleges of Illinois Colloquium, Chicago, September 2007.
  • “Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts” (with V. Chou), 52nd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 2007.
  • “The Quandary of a Professional Ethos for Educators: Professional Ethics or Disposition Development?” American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 2007.
  • “Issues in Documentary Research: Problems and Dilemmas When Blurring the Boundaries” (with B. D. Schultz). American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 2007.
  • “Reflective and Collaborative Strategies of Junior Faculty on Meeting the Challenge to Teach in the Social Foundations: Learning Communities and Beyond” (with E. Buhring, N. Christodoulou, C. Madda, I. Nunez and B. Schultz). Society of Professors of Education, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 2007.
  • “Is There a Place for Philosophy in the Accreditation and Certification of Educational Programs for Teachers?” Society for the Philosophical Study of Education, American Philosophical Association–Central Division, Chicago, April 2007.
  • “What the Heck Were We Thinking When We Signed Up for This Gig? Reflective and Collaborative Strategies on Meeting the Challenge to Teach in the Social Foundations” (with E. Buhring, N. Christodoulou, C. Madda, I. Nunez and B. Schultz). American Educational Studies Association, Spokane, Wash., November 2006.
  • “In Search of a Professional Ethos: A Critical Examination of the Potential and Possibilities of an Epideictic Construct for Teachers.” Midwest Philosophy of Education Society, Chicago, November 2005.
  • “Linking History and Philosophy to the Contemporary Issues: Making the Social Foundations Relevant to Pre-service and Practicing Educators” (with Schultz, B.D.). Midwest Philosophy of Education Society, Chicago, November 2005.
  • “Epideictic What? And What Does that Hippo Thing Have to Do with Education, Anyway?” American Educational Studies Association, Charlottesville, Va., November 2005.
  • “Growing Our Own: Graduate Students and Faculty on Professional Development in the Foundations” (with T. Berry, H. Kelly and L. Taylor-Brandon). American Educational Association, Charlottesville, Va., November 2005.
  • “In the Context of Multicultural/Pluralistic Issues, What Should School Administrators be Asking Themselves about Standards and Testing?" Curriculum professors’ debate multicultural/pluralistic issues in standards-based curriculum, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Orlando, Fla., 2005.
  • “In Search of a Shared Ethos for Educators: The Potential and Possibilities of Epideictic Discourse.” American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2005.
  • “Developing the Teacher Workforce: A Systemic Perspective.” American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 2004.
  • “Running the ISLLC Standards around a Hermeneutic Circle” (with D. Mayrowetz). American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 2004.
  • “Punk Rock Saved our Lives! Or …’Zines, ‘Zinesters, and the Literary Spaces they Create” (with D. Piano). American Educational Studies Association, Kansas City, Mo., November 2004.
  • “The Graduate Journey: At the Crossroads of Perception and Reality Part II: A Year Later…” (with E. Buhring, N. Christodoulou, C. Madda, I. Nunez and B. Schultz). American Educational Studies Association, Kansas City, Mo., November 2004.
  • “A Critical Examination of the Potential of a Professional Creed for Educators.” American Educational Studies Association, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2003.
  • “The Graduate Journey: At the Crossroads of Perception and Reality” (with E. Buhring and N. Christodoulou). American Educational Studies Association, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2003.
  • “Utilizing Multiple Leadership Perspectives to Prepare Administrators: An Examination of ISLLC Standards in Light of Trait, Transformational and Organizational Leadership Theories,” (with D. Mayrowetz, J. Lightfoot, S. Tozer and M. Smylie). University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, Penn., November 2002.
  • “Illinois Policy Inventory on Teaching and Learning” (with J. Presley). Illinois Governor’s Council on Teacher Quality, Springfield, Ill., 2001.
  • “Evaluation of the Golden Apple Foundation Scholar Program.” Center for Urban Education and Research, Chicago, 2001.

Memberships

  • Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation, Council for Social Foundations of Education
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Education Studies Association
  • National Society for the Study of Education
  • Philosophy for Education Society
  • Society for the Philosophical Study of Education
  • John Dewey Society

Contact

Work: 708-209-3540