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School of Education Director Isabel Nuñez, Ph.D.

Isabel Nuñez, Ph.D.Nunez-Isabel-JW-04
Director of the School of Education
and Professor 
  • Office: Neff Hall, 250 Q
  • Phone: 260-481-6450
  • Fax: 260-481-5408
  • E-mail: nunezi@pfw.edu


Ph.D.: Curriculum Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 2008     

M.Phil.: Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham (UK), 2003                  

J.D.: Law, University of California, Los Angeles (ULCA), 1993        

B.A.: English, University of Southern California (USC), 1990          


Professional Experience             

2016-present: Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chair, Educational Studies

2006-2016: Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois, Assistant/Associate Professor, Teacher Education

2014-2015: University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, Visiting Associate Professor, Teacher Education

2002-2008: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Research/Teaching Assistant, College of Education

2003-2005: DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

2003-2004: National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois, Adjunct Faculty, College of Education

2000-2002: Celsian Agency, Birmingham, UK, Primary School Teacher                                                     

1997-1999: The Mainichi Newspapers, Tokyo, Japan, Journalist  

1993-1997: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk, California, Classroom teacher


Research Interests         

Education Policy and Politics

Curriculum Studies

Social Foundations of Education


Selected Publications


Nuñez, I., Michie, G., & Konkol, P.  (2015).  Worth striking for: Why education policy is every teacher’s concern.  New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Nuñez, I., Laura, C., & Ayers, R. (Eds.).  (2014).  Diving in: Bill Ayers and the art of teaching into the contradiction.  New York, NY: Teachers College Press.


Nuñez, I., Lopez, L., Kempf, A., Job,. J., Huckaby, M. F., & Konkol, P.  (In press).  Provoking dialogues: Worth striking for.  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing.

Nuñez, I.  (2016).  Confessions of a Latina professor: Self-protection in the landscape of higher education.  The Sophist’s Bane: A Journal of the Society of Professors of Education, (8)1, 25-28.

Nuñez, I., & Konkol, P.  (2013).  Action foundations!  A comic (book) tale of defending educational studies.  Critical Questions in Education (Special Issue), 4(2), 72-84.

Konkol, P. J., Nuñez, I., & Stumme, S.  (2010).  Good for us, good for our students: A self-study of self-study. Lutheran Education Journal, 144(1).

Horn, S., Konkol, P., McInerney, K., Meiners, E., North, C., Nuñez, I., Quinn, T., & Sullivan, S.  (2010).  Visibility matters:  Policy work as activism in teacher education.  Issues in Teacher Education, (19)2, 65-80.

Konkol, P., Morkert, M., Nuñez, I., Pollom, L., & Stricker, K.  (2008).  You want me to teach where?  Preparing teacher candidates to serve in culturally and socially different contexts than their own.  Online Journal of Success in High-Need Schools (4)2. 

Book Chapters 

Nuñez, I.  (Forthcoming).  What’s common in core curricula?  In S. Farenga & D. Ness (Eds.), Alternatives to privatizing public education: Conversations in honor of Dale D. Johnson.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Konkol, P., Stumme, S., & Nuñez, I.  (2016).  Who says we can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear? Transforming market based programs into critical education.  In P. H. Hinchey (Ed.), A critical action research reader (pp. 301-313).  New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Nuñez, I.  (2015).  Teacher bashing and teacher deskilling.  In M. F. He, B. D. Schultz, & W. H. Schubert (Eds.), The SAGE guide to curriculum in education (pp. 174-182).  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Nuñez, I., Konkol, P., & Schultz, B.  (2014).  3,417 footnotes: Troubling the public pedagogy of CReATE.  In J. Burdick, J. A. Sandlin, & M. P. O’Malley (Eds.), Problematizing public pedagogy.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Nuñez, I.  (2012).  Teaching as whole self.  In T. Quinn & E. Meiners, (Eds.).  Sexualities in education: A reader (pp. 84-87).  New York: Peter Lang.