School ofEducation and Kinesiology

Michael Hillis

Michael Hillis

Associate Professor, Post-Baccalaureate Coordinator

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Educational Foundations

Multicultural Education

Moral/Ethical Issues in Education


Ph D, University of Washington, 1994

M Ed, Western Washington University, 1991

BAE, Western Washington University, 1986

After receiving an undergraduate degree in speech, theatre, and English education, I worked for two years in the public schools, primarily in alternative school settings. After I obtained my master's degree in school counseling, I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington in 1994. I then worked for three years at a university in Tennessee before returning to the Pacific Northwest and assuming a faculty position at PLU in 1997. My primary teaching responsibilities at PLU include the sociocultural foundations of education and a writing course within the First Year Program. In the 2000-2001 academic year, I worked with middle level students and teachers in Norway as a Fulbright Roving Scholar of American Studies. In 2008, I served as the PLU Site Director for the Study Away program in Trinidad & Tobago. My writing and research interests focus on the role of community partnerships in education, globalization within the classroom, and the moral assumptions of multicultural education. My most recent article appeared in Democracy & Education (co-authored with Dr. Steve Woolworth) entitled, "If Dr. King Were a Principal: Building the 'Beloved Community' in Schools."