Frank Margonis

Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education
University of Utah, appointed 1988


Frank Margonis Areas of Specialization

Tractor Philosophy of Education

Politics of Education Tractor

Tractor Sociology of Education

History of Education Tractor

Educational History

Rotating Red Star Ph.D. Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dissertation: ``Education in the National Interest,'' a philosophical
critique of the focus upon serving ``national interests'' in the 1983
excellence reform movement
October, 1988
M.S. Rotating Red Star Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign December, 1985
Rotating Red Star B.S. Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May, 1979

Honors and Awards
University of Utah Faculty Fellow Spring, 1999
University of Utah Finalist, Presidential Teaching Award 1997
University of Utah
College of Education
Excellence in Teaching Award 1996
University of Utah
Women's Studies Department and
Women's Resource Center
Commendation for Serving Gender Equity 1994
University of Illinois College-Wide Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 1988
Daily Illini
(University of Illinois)
Included on the ``Incomplete List of Outstanding Teachers'' Each Semester Taught from 1982 to 1986
University of Illinois Graduate Fellowships 1982-1983, 1984-1985, 1987-1988
University of Illinois MacArthur Fellow for the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security Fall 1987-1988
National Member Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi  

Professional History

Predoctoral Positions
Summer, 1987 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois
Spring, 1987 Coordinator of Teaching Assistants for a large undergraduate social foundations course for prospective teachers, Department of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois
Fall, 1986 Research Assistant, Department of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois
1981-1986 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois
1979-1981 Research Assistant, Department of Educational Policy Studies University of Illinois

Postdoctoral Positions
August, 1988-Present Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies School of Education University of Utah

Professional Organizations

Affiliations
Institute for Democratic Education John Dewey Society
Philosophy of Education Society American Educational Research Association
American Educational Studies Association  

Scholarly Publications and Activities

Book Chapters
Gitlin, Andrew, Margonis, Frank, and Brunjes, Heather.
"In the Shadow of the Excellence Reports," Robert Donmoyer (ed.), At-Risk Students: Portraits, Policies Programs, and Practices. New York: State University of New York, 1993, pp. 265-290.
Parker, Laurence and Margonis, Frank.
"The Conflict Over Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: A Framework for Post-Secondary Evaluation," Stafford Hood and Henry Frierson (eds.), Beyond the Dream: Meaningful Program Evaluation and Assessment to Achieve Equal Opportunity at Predominately White Universities. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI, 1994, pp. 1-15.

Journal Articles (Refereed)
Margonis, Frank, and Parker, Laurence.
"Participation as Parental Choice and Community Control," Theory Into Practice (forthcoming).
Margonis, Frank.
"Relational Pedagogy Without Foundations," in Randall Curren (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1999, Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming).
Margonis, Frank.
"The Demise of Authenticity," in Steven Tozer (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1998, Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming).
Margonis, Frank.
"Theories of Conviction," Educational Theory, Vol. 48, Winter 1998, pp. 85-101.
Margonis, Frank.
"Dewey and the Arrogance of Reason," in Susan Laird (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1997, Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society, 199, pp. 365-373.
Parker, Laurence, and Margonis, Frank.
"School Choice in the US Urban Context: Racism and Policies of Containment," Journal of Educational Policy, Vol. 11, Nov.-Dec. 1996, pp. 717-728.
Margonis, Frank.
"Marxism Without Dogma," Access, Vol. 14, December 1995, pp. 80-93.
Margonis, Frank, and Parker, Laurence.
"Choice, Privatization, and Unspoken Strategies of Containment," Educational Policy, Vol. 9, December 1995, pp. 375-403.
Gitlin, Andrew, and Margonis, Frank.
"The Political Aspect of Educational Reform: Teacher Resistance as Good Sense," American Journal of Education, Vol. 103, August 1995, pp. 377-405.
Deyhle, Donna, and Margonis, Frank.
"Navajo Mothers and Daughters: Schools, Jobs, and the Family." Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Vol. 26, June 1995, pp. 135-167.
Margonis, Frank.
"Leftist Pedagogy and Enlightenment Faith," in Audrey Thompson (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1993, Urbana: University of Illinois, 1994, pp. 251-262.
Margonis, Frank.
"Marxism, Liberalism, and Educational Theory," Educational Theory, Vol. 43, Fall 1993, pp. 449-465.
Margonis, Frank.
"The Cooptation of At Risk: Paradoxes of Policy Criticism," Teachers College Record, Vol. 94, Winter 1992, pp. 343-364.
Margonis, Frank.
"New Problems in Child-Centered Pedagogy," In Henry Alexander, ed. Philosophy of Education: 1992. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1993, pp. 130-140.
Holt, Ladd and Margonis, Frank.
"Critical Theory of a Conservative Stamp," Educational Theory, Vol. 42, Spring 1992, pp. 231-250.
Margonis, Frank.
"What is the Meaning of Contemporary Educational Nationalism?" In Jim Giarelli, ed., Philosophy of Education: 1988, Normal, IL, pp. 343-352.

Other Articles (Non-Refereed)
Margonis, Frank.
"Searching for Alternatives," in Steven Tozer (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1998, Urbana: Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming).
Margonis, Frank.
"Nationalism," In J.J. Chambliss (ed.), Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996, pp. 421-25.
Margonis, Frank,
"The Promise of Fragmentation," In Frank Margonis (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1996. Champaign, IL,: Philosophy of Education Society, 1996.
Margonis, Frank.
"Schools and the Interhuman." In Alven Neiman (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1995. Champaign, IL, 1996, pp. 420-23.
Margonis, Frank.
"John Dewey: Organic Intellectual of the Middle Class?" In Michael Katz (ed.), Philosophy of Education: 1994. Champaign, IL: 1995.
Margonis, Frank.
"Reason and Circumstance." In Margaret Buchmann and Robert Floden (eds.), Philosophy of Education: 1991, Normal, IL, 1992, pp. 181-184.
Margonis, Frank.
"Democracy and Technology," in Ralph Page, ed., Philosophy of Education: 1989. Normal, IL, 1990, pp. 276-279.
Margonis, Frank.
"National Educational Policy and the Processes of Education." Swords and Ploughshares, December 1988, pp. 13-16.
Margonis, Frank.
"Heidegger and Curriculum," in Nicholas Burbules, ed., Philosophy of Education: 1986. Normal, IL, 1987, pp. 99-103.
Margonis, Frank.
"'Apodictic Clarity' as an Ideal." In David Nyberg, ed., Philosophy of Education: 1985. Normal, IL, 1986, pp. 137-140.

Edited Books
Frank Margonis (ed.),
Philosophy of Education: 1996, Champaign, IL, Philosophy of Education Society, 1996.
Amburgy, Patricia et al.,
Foundations of Educational Policy in the United States. Ginn Custom Publishing, Lexington, MA 1984, 356 pp. (Revised 1985, 1986).

Funded Research Participation
With Andrew Gitlin:
Study of the implementation of school reforms at Rose Park Elementary School of Salt Lake City, 1989-1991, $2,000.

Professional Presentations
Margonis, F. (1998, April).
"Searching for Alternatives." Invited response to the Presidential Address of the national Philosophy of Education Society Meetings in Boston.
Margonis, F. (1998, April).
"The Demise of Authenticity." Paper presented at the national Philosophy of Education Society Meetings in Boston.
Margonis, F. (1997, October).
"A Relational Rereading of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association Conference in San Antonio.
Margonis, F. (1997, October).
"Forsaking the Path of Nature." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association Conference in San Antonio.
Margonis, F. (1997, March).
"Dewey and the Arrogance of Reason." Paper presented at the national Philosophy of Education Society meeting in Vancouver.
Margonis, F. (1996, November).
"Dewey and the Punctual Self." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association Conference in Montreal, Canada.
Margonis, F. (1995, November).
"Conversation, Authority, Coercion," Paper presented at the National American Educational Studies Association conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
Margonis, F. (1995, April).
"Lying and Social Circumstance." Paper presented at the national American Educational Research Association conference in San Francisco, California.
Margonis, F. (1995, April).
"Schools and the Interhuman." Paper presented at the national Philosophy of Education Society meetings in San Francisco, California.
Margonis, F. (1994, November).
"Critical Thinking and Racism." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Deyhle, D. and Margonis, F. (1994, April).
"Navajo Mothers and Daughters." Paper presented at the national American Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans.
Margonis, F. (1994, March).
"John Dewey: Organic Intellectual of the Middle Class?" Paper presented at the national Philosophy of Education Society conference in Charlotte.
Margonis, F. (1993, November).
"Structure, Agency, and Responsibility." Invited paper presented at University of Illinois, Champaign for College of Education's 75th Anniversary.
Margonis, F. (1993, November).
"Authenticity in the Classroom." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association conference in Chicago.
Margonis, F. and Parker L. (1993, April).
Excellence, Privatization, and the Hidden Policy of Containment." Paper presented at the national American Educational Research Association conference in Atlanta.
Margonis, F. (1993, April).
"Leftist Pedagogy and Enlightenment Faith." Paper presented at the annual Philosophy of Education Society national meetings in New Orleans.
Deyhle, D. and Margonis, F. (1992, November).
"Navajo Mothers and Daughters." Paper presented at the national American Educational Studies Association conference in Pittsburgh.
Margonis, F. (1992, April).
"The Cooptation of At Risk." Paper presented at the national American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Margonis, F. (1992, March).
"New Problems in Child-Centered Pedagogy." Paper presented at the annual Philosophy of Education Society national meetings in Denver, CO.
Margonis, F. (1991, March).
"Reason and Circumstance." Paper presented at the annual Philosophy of Education Society national meetings in Washington, D.C.
Margonis, F. (1990, October).
"Democratic School Governance and Humane Education." Invited paper at Conference on Humanizing Education, sponsored by the U.S.S.R. Academy of the Pedagogical Sciences, U.S.S.R.
Gitlin, A., Margonis, F., & Brunjes, H. (1990, April).
"Dilemmas of Reform: A Case Study of Democratic Initiative." Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Boston, MA.
Margonis, F. (1990, March).
"Metaphysics and Educational Discourse." Paper presented at the annual Philosophy of Education Society national meetings in Miami.
Margonis, F. (1989, April).
"Democracy and Technology." Paper presented at National Philosophy of Education Society Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Margonis, F. and Parker, L. (1989, March).
"Educational Nationalism and Institutional Racism." Paper presented at the National American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, California.
Margonis, F. (1987, April).
"What is the Meaning of Contemporary Educational Nationalism?" Paper presented at the National Philosophy of Education Society Conference, San Diego, California.
Margonis, F. (1986, April).
"Heidegger and Curriculum." Paper presented at the National Philosophy of Education Society Conference, Montreal, Canada.
Margonis, F. (1985, March).
"'Apodictic Clarity' as an Ideal." Paper presented at the National Philosophy of Education Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Teaching

Courses Taught
Educational Studies 310 The Philosophical Foundations of Education
Educational Studies 460 & 4111 School and Society
Educational Studies 601 & 604 Crosscurrents in American Education
Educational Studies 602 Introduction to Critical and Cultural Studies
Educational Studies 607 Education and Social Theory
Educational Studies 609 & 6655 Critical Pedagogy
Educational Studies 615 Schooling, Work, and the State
Educational Studies 616 Schools and Inequality
Educational Studies 630 Seminar in Philosophy of Education. Topics:

A Social Reconstructionist Understanding of 1980s Reform Movements
The Philosophy of Child-Centered Pedagogy
Educational Studies 680 Liberal, Progressive and Critical Philosophies of Education
Critical Pedagogy
Culture Wars in Educational Policy
Educational Studies 694 Individual Studies on the Following Topics:
Issues of Race in Education
Contemporary Educational Reform
Feminist Criticisms of Conceptions of Community
Philosophical Conceptions of Community
Wittgenstein's Theory of Meaning
Vocational Education of African Americans and American Indians
Post Structuralist Interpretations of Children's Literature
The Philosophy of Confucius
Vygotsky's Social Theory of Cognition
The Hampton Model for Educating Blacks and American Indians
The Community College and Minority Access
Feminist Philosophies of Education

Service
National Editorial Appointments
green ballReview Board of Educational Theory, 1988-1993
green ballReview articles for Educational Administration Quarterly
green ballMember, Resolutions Committee, Philosophy of Education Society, 1989
green ballMember, Program Committee, Philosophy of Education Society, 1995.
green ballProgram Chair, National Philosophy of Education Society Meetings, 1996.
green ballEditor, Philosophy of Education: 1996,
Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society.
University College or Division
green ballElected to represent the College of Education on the Undergraduate Council, 1991-1994
green ballChair, Undergraduate Council Diversity Requirement Subcommittee, 1993-1994.
green ballMember, Social Science General Education Requirement Committee, 1996-Present.
green ballMember, Graduation Committee, 1998-2001
green ballMember, College Review, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, 1996-1997.
green ballMember, College Teaching Award Committee, 1993
green ballElected to the College of Education Curriculum Committee, 1991-1992
Department Community
green ballMember, Graduate Committee, 1997-1999.
green ballMember, African American Studies Search Committee, 1997-1998.
green ballMember, Elementary Education Admissions Committee, 1998.
green ballMember, Semester Conversion Committee for Prerequisite Courses, 1996.
green ballMember, Appeals Procedures Committee, 1994.
green ballMember, Elementary Education Self-Study Committee, 1994.
green ballMember, Ad Hoc Committee on RPT Guidlines, 1992-3
green ballMember, Merit Committee, 1993
green ballMember, Elementary Education Program Evaluation Committee, 1992
green ballMember, Secondary Education Program Evaluation Committee, 1992
green ballCo-Chair, Committee on Graduate Assistants' Time, 1990-1992
green ballStudent-Faculty Liaison, 1990 to present
green ballMember, Search Committee, 1990
green ballMember, Elementary Admissions Committee, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992
green ballMember, Search Committee, 1988
green ballAssessment of the reform process at Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City, 1989-1991
green ballInservice Course on Site-Base Management at Highland High School, 1992.

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