Diana Hess

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Diana E. Hess

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Diana E. Hess


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225 N. Mills Street
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Personal Biography

Diana Hess is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since fall of 2011 she has been on leave from the University and is the Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation (see external website). Formerly, Professor Hess was a high school teacher, teachers’ union president, and the associate executive director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. Hess earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, advised by Professor Walter Parker. She joined the faculty of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in January of 1999. Professor Hess researches how teachers engage their students in discussions of highly controversial political and constitutional issues, and what impact this approach to civic education has on what young people learn. Her first book on this topic, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion, won the National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award in 2009. Professor Hess also investigates the ideological messages embedded in high school textbooks and other forms of curriculum. She has recently completed a study of what curricula communicate about terrorism and about 9/11 and its aftermath. She is currently writing two other books about controversial issues and civic education, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education which is co-authored by Paula McAvoy and will be published in 2013. The next book, Courting Democracy: Teaching About Constitutions, Courts, and Cases, will be published in 2014.


Education

1998 - Ph D, Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies, Educational Policy and Law
University of Washington

1995 - MA,
University of Illinois

1979 - BA,
Western Illinois University


 

 

Teaching Interests

Professor Hess teaches courses for undergraduate students in the secondary social studies teacher education program, and for masters and PhD students in democratic education, controversy in the classroom, and social studies research. Hess also teaches the educational research course for the Doctoral Training Program and regularly teaches courses at Teachers College and at the the University of Washington.

Scheduled Teaching

  • Professor Hess is currently on leave from the University and is the Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation.
     

Research Interests

Professor Hess' research interests include: the impact of school-based democratic education programs on youth political engagement; the ideological content of social studies curriculum; and how students experience and learn from discussions of highly controversial political issues.

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 2004-2010 - Amount: $408,000.00, "Discussing Controversial Issues Study," Awarded By: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, The Watson Institue at Brown University, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The McCormick Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diana E. Hess, Principal.
    Abstract: DISCUSSING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES STUDY
  • 2002 - Amount: $13,000.00, "Conflicts In Democracy Education: Using Post 9-11 Curricula To Illuminate The Theoretical Terrain.," Awarded By: The Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diana E. Hess.
  • 1999 - Amount: $44,580.00, "How Students Experience And Learn From Discussions Of Controversial Political Issues," Awarded By: The Spencer Foundation's Competitive Small Grants Program, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diana E. Hess.

Publications

  • Hess, D.E. Courting democracy: Teaching about constitutions, courts and cases. Manuscript in preparation. New York: Routledge.
  • Hess, D.E., & McAvoy, P. (in press). Classroom deliberation in an era of political polarization. Curriculum Inquiry.
  • Avery, P., & Hess, D.E. The Nature and status of civic education in the United States: Looking at the Civic Mission of the Schools six promising pedagogical practices. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Hess, D.E., & McAvoy, P. (in press). The political classroom: Ethics and evidence in democratic education. New York: Routledge.
  • Hess, D.E., & Stoddard, J. (2011). 9/11 in the curriculum: A retrospective. The Social Studies. 102(4), 175-179.
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  • Hess, D.E. (2011). Discussions that drive democracy. Educational Leadership. 69(1), 69-73.
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  • Stoddard, J., Hess, D.E., & Hammer, C. The challenges of writing "first draft history": The evolution of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath in school textbooks in the United States. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. New York: Routledge.
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  • Stoddard, J., & Hess, D.E. (2011). Fact Sheet: 9/11 and the War on Terror in curricula and state standard documents. Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning (CIRCLE).
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  • McLeod, J., Hess, D.E., Shah, D., & Lee, N. (2010). Communication and education: Creating competence for socialization into public life. Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement of Youth, (pp. 363-391). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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  • Hess, D.E. Controversy in the classroom: The democratic power of discussion. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. New York: Routledge.

Presentations

  • Hess, D.E. (2012). The political classroom: What makes discussion democratic?, Keynote Address, Loyola University, Chicago, IL.
  • Hess, D.E. (2011). When is an issue really an issue?, Keynote Address, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Oak Brook, IL.
  • Hess, D.E. (2011). Constitution Day 2011: Building on the legacy of Isadore Starr, the Father of law-related education, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA.
  • Hess, D.E. (2011). Why controversial content belongs in the social studies, Inquiring Minds: Active Citizens, SocCon, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • McAvoy, P., Hess, D.E., & Kawashima-Ginsberg, K. (2011). How do students experience and learn from high quality discussion of political issues?, Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.
  • Hess, D.E. (2010). Teaching controversial issues for social studies, Faculty presentations, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
  • Hess, D.E., & McAvoy, P. (2010). Controversy three ways: What students experience and learn from discussions of racially charged issues., Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • McAvoy, P., & Hess, D.E. (2010). Evidence, ethics, and teacher disclosure., Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Hess, D.E. (2009). Calling all national board certified teachers and university researchers, Annual Meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hess, D.E. (2009). Maximizing the democratic potential of schools as ideologically diverse publics spaces, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Hess, D.E. (2008). Beyond the Election: Keeping Students Engaged, Keynote Address, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.
  • Hess, D.E. (2008). Teacher Disclosure, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Hess, D.E. (2008). The Nature, Range, and impact of Ideological Diversity and Teacher Disclosure in High School Democratic Education Courses, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Hess, D.E. (2007). The Democracy Divide, Keynote Address, Center for Education in Law and Democracy, Denver, CO.

Departmental Service

  • Student Awards Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - 2009
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: 2007 - 2009

  • Student Awards Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - 2006
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: 2005 - 2006

  • Personnel Committee
    Dates of Membership: 1999 - 2002

School Service

  • Social Science Divisional Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - 2011
    Accomplishments: The primary responsibility of the Divisional Committee is to examine and act on tenure cases.
  • Vice-Chair. Period of Service: 2010 - 2011

  • Coordinating Committee on Teacher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - 2009
  • Chair. Period of Service: 2007 - 2009

Public Service

  • Civics Advisory Committee of the Spencer Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.

  • Advisory Committee of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.

  • Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
  • Editor, Associate Editor. Period of Service: 2005 - Pres.

  • Madison West High School Professional Development School Program
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
  • Liaison from UW-Madison. Period of Service: 2005 - Pres.

  • Theory and Research in Social Education
    Dates of Membership: 2004 - 2007
  • Editorial Review Board Member. Period of Service: 2004 - 2007

  • Standing Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress Civics Exam
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - 2006

  • Professional Development Programs for Secondary Teachers
    Dates of Membership: 1999 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: Taught and developed numerous programs for secondary teachers in the U.S. and other nations (England, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, New Zealand).
  • Workshop Organizer.

  • American Educational Research Journal
  • Editorial Review Board Member. Period of Service: 2010 - Pres.

  • Theory and Research in Social Education
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

Awards and Honors

  • The Squire Foundation Award for Paper on Pre-College Ethics
    Organization: The Squire Foundation
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Description: Award received for paper entitled "The Evidence and Ethics of Teacher Disclosure."
    Date(s): March 2011
  • Exemplary Research in Social Studies
    Organization: National Council for the Social Studies
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Description: Award received for book entitled "Controversy in the classroom: The democratic power of discussion."
    Date(s): 2009
  • Most Learned Article
    Organization: Education Press
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Description: Award received for article entitled "From Banished to Brother Outsider, Miss Navajo to an Inconvenient Truth: Documentary films as perspective-laden narratives."
    Date(s): 2007

Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • College and University Faculty of the National Council of the Social Studies
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies
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