Department ofEducation

Michael Hillis

Michael Hillis

Associate Professor, Post-Baccalaureate Coordinator

253.535.7288 (office)



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

I am currently the Associate Dean for the Education Department and the Director of Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Programs.  My educational background includes teaching and counseling degrees from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington.  I worked for three years at East Tennessee State University 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 was a Fulbright Roving Scholar of American Studies in Norway.  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 articles include "If Dr. King Were a Principal:  Building the 'Beloved Community' in Schools"  (co-authored with Steve Woolworth), "'Virtues Gone Mad': Lewis and Chesterton on the Misdirection of Love, Faith, and Hope," and "'I am the Master of My Fate':  Professors and Teenagers Conduct Action Research on Motivation" (co-authored with Fred Hamel).