Associate Professor, National College of Education
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Social Inquiry
CCD610: Doctoral Core Seminar: Curriculum Studies
CSI600: Curriculum Theory: Historical, Philosophical, and Political Issues
CSI601: Cultures of Schools and Communities
CSI602: Curriculum Theory: Contemporary Perspectives and Issues
CSI603: Curriculum Planning, Organization, and Evaluation
CSI693: Professional Seminar in Curriculum Studies
ESR604: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
Masters - Educational Foundations and Research
ESR506: Graduate Research: Interpretive/Critical
ESR507: Graduate Research: Empirical/Quantitative
ESR509: Foundational Studies III: Changing Instructional Systems
ESR511: Research in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
FND504: History and Philosophy of Education
FND505: Contemporary Issues in Education
FND506: Foundational Studies I: Schooling, Knowing, and Childhood
FND510: Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of Education
FND511: Socio-cultural Politics of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Curriculum Studies, Museum Studies, History and Philosophy of Education
American Center, Niamey, Niger
• Topics in Education: U.S. Higher Education, December, 2007
American Center, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Topics in American Culture, Rhythm and Blues Music
International Burch University, Department of English, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Topics in American Culture: Rhythm and Blues Music
University of Banja Luka, Department of English, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Topics in American Culture: Rhythm and Blues Music
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Education
• Topics in Curriculum Studies: Post-secondary Curriculum and Instruction, September 22, 2009
• Topics in Curriculum Studies: Cultural Studies, September 22, 2010
University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Political Science
• Topics in the History of Education: Museum Pedagogy, February 25, 2010
• Topics in Intercultural Understanding: Cultural Studies, March 22, 2010
• Topics in Adult Education: Public Pedagogy, April 20, 2010
Patrick A. Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Inquiry at National-Louis University in Chicago, where he teaches in the Curriculum and Social Inquiry doctoral program.
Dr. Roberts’ scholarship focuses on the public curriculum of museums and explores how museum education can promote civic pluralism and deliberative democracy. He teaches courses on the history and philosophy of American education, social justice perspectives on contemporary educational issues, curriculum theory, and cultural studies.
In 2004 he presented at the World Congress on Comparative Education in Havana, in 2005 at the Pathways to Reconciliation & Global Human Rights Conference in Sarajevo, and in 2007 at the International Institute for Peace Education 25th Anniversary Conference at the United Nations in New York. In addition, he has presented in Niger and Finland, and has visited with peace activists in Israel and the West Bank.
He holds an M.A. in English literature, and in 2002 he earned his Ph.D. in curriculum studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining National-Louis University, he worked as an English teacher and served as Education Director at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. He serves on the board of the Middle East Youth Association. He served as a Section Chair for the 2005 AERA Division B program committee, and from 2007 to 2009 he served on the executive committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.
In 2009 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to lecturing in the Department of Education at the University of Sarajevo, he conducted research on museum education and democratic transition at the National Museum of BiH.
Dr. Roberts is the co-author of two books: Give ‘Em Soul, Richard: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago (2010) and the second edition of Turning Points in Curriculum: A Contemporary American Memoir (J. Dan Marshall, J. Sears, L. Allen, P. Roberts, W. H. Schubert, Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2007). He is an occasional contributor to Newcity, a weekly Chicago newspaper.
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, May 2002, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dissertation: A Tenuous Weave: Understanding Curriculum as Poetic Social Practice
Advisor: Dr. William H. Schubert
M.A. in English, July 1995, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Thesis: The Enantiomorphic Image: The Question of Mimesis in Heidegger, Derrida, and Charles Olson
Advisor: Dr. Ned Lukacher
B.A. in Government and Politics, May 1989, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Research Fellow, Smithsonian Institute, 2012
U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs, July, 2011
Fulbright Scholar, Lecture/Research Award, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2010-June 2010
Research and Interests:
Publications Books: Marshall, J. D., Sears, J. T., Allen, L., Roberts, P. A., & Schubert, W. H. (2006). Turning Points in Curriculum: A Contemporary American Memoir (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. Stamz, R. E. & Roberts, P. A. (2010). Give â€˜Em Soul, Richard! Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. Book Chapters: Edgerton, S. H. & Roberts, P. A. (2004). Curriculum theory and practice: Searching for the secret in that historic tension. In L. Coia, N. J. Brooks, S. J. Mayer, P. Pritchard, E. Heilman, M. L. Birch, & A. Mountain (Eds.), Democratic Responses in an Era of Standardization: Papers from the 4th Curriculum and Pedagogy Annual Conference, Decatur, GA, October 2003 (pp. 1-17). Troy, NY: Educatorsâ€™ International Press, Inc. Roberts, P. A. & Steiner, D. J. (2010). Critical public pedagogy and the Paidagogos: Exploring the normative and political challenges of radical democracy. In J. A. Sandlin, B. D. Schultz, & J. Burdick (Eds.). Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning Beyond Schooling (pp. 20-27). New York: Routledge. Encyclopedia Articles: Roberts, P. A. (2010). Cultural studies in relation to curriculum studies. In C. Kridel (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (pp. 170-177). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Roberts, P. A. & Schubert, W. H. (2003). James B. Macdonald. In J. W. Guthrie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd ed. (pp. 1525-1526). New York: Macmillian. Monograph Chapter: Allen, L. A. & Roberts, P. A. (2005). Race, reform, and pedagogy: Curriculumâ€™s perfect storm? In Curriculum Professors Debate Multicultural/Pluralistic Issues in Standards Based Curriculum (47-60). Monograph published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Journals Roberts, P. A. (2006). Am I the public I think I am? Understanding the public curriculum of museums as â€œcomplicated conversation.â€� Journal of Museum Education, 31, 2, 105-112. Roberts, P. A. (2000). Contentâ€™s dream: Curriculum texts and the vision of synopsis. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 2, 101-106. Roberts, P. A. (2000). [Review of the book Turning points in curriculum: A contemporary American memoir]. Journal of Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction, 2, 42. Newspapers: National Roberts, P. (2011, January 14). Side order: In Sarajevo, a small museum with an Olympian message. The Washington Post, p. F6. Local Roberts, P. (2011, December ) Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter! Actor John Mohrlein on playing the villain in â€œItâ€™s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph. New City, p. Roberts, P. (2011, March 10). Requiem for my barber: Who comes between a man and his vanity. Newcity, p. 3. Roberts, P. (2011, March 10). The re-produce department: Unpeeling the mating habits of omnivores in aisle 10. Newcity, p. 7. Roberts, P. (2009, December 31). Almost like home: Love and sex with Barry Manilow and Santa Claus. Newcity, p. 8. Roberts, P. (2009, October 15). Shooting kids for hire: A day in the life of a school photographer. Newcity, p. 4-5. Roberts, P. (2009, May 21). Of fish and feathers: Watching the watchers at wooded island. Newcity, p. 6. Roberts, P. (2009, March 12). Sound of space: Sonic artist John Buehler takes off. Newcity, p. 4-5. Roberts, P. (2007, March 8). The crown prince of soul is 100 and you better believe it. Newcity, p. 4-5. Curriculum Guides: Pagano, N. & Roberts, P. A. (1997). Psychology: A content-based reader for advanced ESL. Chicago: St. Augustine College. Pagano, N., Roberts, P. A. & Tapia, R. (1998). Essentials of composition. (2nd ed.). Chicago: St. Augustine College. Multi-media: Project Coordinator & Curriculum Designer. (2000, Summer). The Great Debate & Beyond: The History of Televised Presidential Debate. Chicago: Museum of Broadcast Communications. [Web site] Project Coordinator & Curriculum Designer. (2000, Fall) The Great Debate CD-ROM. Chicago: Museum of Broadcast Communications. Screenplays: Roberts, P. (2007). Losing Battles. Film adaptation of Eudora Weltyâ€™s novel Losing Battles, 1970.