William H. Schubert

William H. Schubert
Professor Emeritus of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interest

William H. Schubert retired in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was a faculty member since 1975. Before his university work he was an elementary school teacher in Downers Grove, Illinois from 1967-1975. Schubert received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manchester College, a Master of Science in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his 36 years at UIC, he held positions of Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Graduate Studies, Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum Studies, Coordinator of the M.Ed. in Educational Studies, among others. At UIC, Schubert received the College of Education Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, the University Excellence in Teaching Award, the University Graduate Mentoring Award, and the Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award. He has published 17 books, 200 articles and chapters, several poems, has made over 250 presentations at scholarly and professional organizations, chaired over 60 Ph.D. dissertations and served on committees for over 100 others. In 2005, he was designated as a University Scholar at UIC. Schubert’s primary scholarly interests are curriculum history, theory, inquiry, and development in both school and non-school contexts. In this work he developed ideas such as the synoptic curriculum text, the speculative essay, curriculum genealogies, teacher lore, and fictionalized autobiographies in curriculum studies. During the past decade he has focused especially on education that has emerged in resistance to forces of conquest and colonialism (past and present) in the United States and in diverse countries and cultures. Additionally, based on his interest in teacher lore and in the biographical and autobiographical work of professors of education, he is also writing stories of educational experience as a window to theory and praxis.

Recent Positions and honors

Guest Professor of International and Comparative Education of Beijing Normal University, June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020.

Elected to Membership in Professors of Curriculum, 1981

President (1982-83) and founding member (1977) of the Society for the Study of Curriculum History

President of the John Dewey Society, 1992-93

Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA, Division B), 2000-2001

President of the Society of Professors of Education, 2001-2002

Recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award in Curriculum Studies from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2004

Recipient of the The Mary Anne Raywid Award for Distinguished Scholarship to the Field of Education, 2007



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1975


He, M. F., Schultz, B. D., & Schubert, W. H. (Eds.). (2015). Guide to Curriculum in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Schubert, W. H. (2010). Journeys of expansion and synopsis: Tensions in books that shaped curriculum inquiry, 1968-present. (Invited for 40th anniversary issue). Curriculum Inquiry 40 (1), 17-94. 

Schubert, W. H. (2009). Love, justice, and education: John Dewey and the utopians. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

Schubert, W. H., Lopez Schubert, A. L., Thomas, T. P., and Carroll, W. M. (2002). Curriculum books: The first hundred years. New York: Peter Lang.  

Schubert, W. H. (1986/1997). Curriculum:  Perspective, paradigm, and possibility. New York:  Macmillan.


Contact Information

William H. Schubert Curriculum Studies Collection

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