Durene Wheeler
Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies
African and African American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
(773) 442-4162
Courses Taught
ED P&L 259: Learning and Motivation Strategies for Success in College
EDU 201: Education and Society; EDU 206: Educational Psychology
EDFN 305: Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Public Education
EDFN 307: Psychology of Instruction and Learning
EDFN 314B/WSP 311C: Power, Knowledge & Communities: Feminists Engagements with Education
AFAM 301: African Civilizations
FYE 109: Schooling in Chicago: Communities, Public Education and Change
ED P&L 812: American School and Society
EDFN 416: Cultural Pluralism in Schools
EDFN 405: Development of Educational Thought
ELAD 429: Research in Education
Research Interests
Educational History of African Americans and Women Cultural and Social Foundations of Education History of Higher Education Feminist Perspectives in Higher Education Role of the School in the Social Order Education for Liberation Educational Policy Studies Black Women and the Civil Rights Movement Black Feminist Thought Social Justice Curriculum of HBCU's 1940s-1970s Research Design/Methods

Cultural and Social Foundations in Education, The Ohio State University Counseling Psychology, The Ohio State University

Educational Policy and Leadership/Student Affairs with minor in Counseling Psychology, The Ohio State University

Studio Art, The College of Wooster

Selected Publications

Wheeler, D. (2008). “Answering the Call: Influencing Equity in Education through Teacher Preparation”. The Sophist Bane 4(1&2), 63-68. 

Durene Wheeler, co-author, T. King et al, "Andrea's Third Shift: The Invisible Work of African American Women in Higher Education, pp. 403-415" in This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, Gloria Anzaldua and AnaLouise Keating, eds. New York: Routledge 2002.

Book Review Beverly Lindsay and Manuel J. Justiz, Eds. The Quest for Equity in Higher Education: Toward New Paradigms in an Evolving Affirmative Action Era. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. Journal of African American Men v(6) n(4) pp.86-88


Assistant, Associate Professor Northeastern Illinois University

September 2005 - June 2006
Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

September 2003 - June 2005
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY.

September 2001 - June 2002
Instructor, Academic Learning Center, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Additional Information


Entrepreneurialism: A Study of Collective Action and Entrepreneurship Among African Americans, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2006-2009.


The Continued Search for Sisterhood: The Contemporary Marginalization of African and African American Women in Women's Studies Panel Discussion with Olivia Perlow, BarBara Scott, & Wamucii Njogu at Oakton Community College, Women and Gender Studies Conference, April 2011

Changes and Collaborations: Are Leadership Transitions Difficult Dialogue? Roundtable with Laurie Fuller, Ellen O'Brien, Ann Russo, & Beth S. Catlett at National Women's Studies Conference, November 2010.

Sunrise Over Fallujah/Question of War at the Young Adult Literature Conference St. Charles, IL October 2009 

Training Socially Just and Culturally Responsive Teachers: An Integrated Content-based Modelat the 6th International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice Chicago, IL December 2009 

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(773) 442-4162
Office Hours
Spring ’14 Sabbatical
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