Dean Philion
Literacy, Leadership, Development and Special Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5500
Courses Taught
Research Interests
Teacher research, portfolio pedagogy and collaborative learning.

Dr. Philion completed his Ph.D. in English and Education and M.A. in English Language & Literature at The University of Michigan and his B.A. in English at Fordham University.

Selected Publications

Book Sections

Philion, T. (Section Editor) (2004). Technology Partnerships in Teacher Education. In S. D. Lenski & D. Wisemann, (Eds.). Transforming Teacher Education Through Partnerships (pp. 233-327). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Book Chapters

Philion, T., Burney, N., Carter, A., and Meadows, E. (2005). Cultivating Democratic Learning Communities: Three Portraits of Roosevelt University’s Department of Teacher Education. In P. Jenlink & K. Jenlink (Eds.), Portraits of Teacher Preparation: Learning to Teach in a Changing America (pp. 113-131). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education.

Philion, T. (2002). Frontiers of the Contact Zone. In J. Wolff (Ed.), Professing In The Contact Zone: Bringing Theory and Practice Together (pp. 79-101). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Philion, T. (1998). The Resource and Professional Development Portfolio Projects. In L. Reid and J. Golub (Eds.), A Focus on Reflecting and Connecting (pp. 165-170). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Refereed Articles

Philion, T. (2009). The Age of _______? Using Young Adult Literature to Make Sense of the Contemporary World. Young Adult Library Services: The Official Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, 7 (4), 46-49.

Philion, T. (2008). Fostering Global Awareness. Teacher Education and Practice, 21 (4), 240- 241.

Research Reports and Position Statements

C. Nelson, C. Main, and J. Kushto-Hoban, with Members of the Appraising Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in Illinois Work Group (2012). Breaking It Down and Building It Out: Enhancing Collective Capacity to Improve Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in Illinois. Chicago, IL: The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and The University of Illinois at Chicago.

CEE Policy Summit Social Justice Strand Participants (2009). Beliefs About Social Justice in English Education. Retrieved from

Philion, T. (2002). Invisible Interventions: The Oppositional Practices of Urban Literacy Educators. Urbana, IL: Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Book Reviews

Philion, T. (2008). Review of Open Ice, by Pat Hughes. SIGNAL Journal.

Philion, T. (2007). Reviews of Out of Focus, by Margaret Buffie, and One Handed Catch, by MJ Auch. SIGNAL Journal.

Philion, T. (2006). Review of Book Club for Middle School, by Taffy E. Raphael, Marcella Kehus, and Karen Damphousse. NCTE Selects.


Tom Philion is Dean of the Goodwin College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to becoming dean in July 2022, Tom served as associate provost, dean, associate dean and chair of teacher preparation programs at Roosevelt University. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant professor of English and assistant director of the English Education Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tom is a former middle school reading teacher; the author of more than 20 articles and reports on topics such as teacher research, portfolio pedagogy and collaborative learning; and is responsible for the acquisition of over $10 million in external grants and contracts over the last 10 years. Tom received his B.A. in English from Fordham University and his M.A. in English and Ph.D. in English and Education from The University of Michigan. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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