FACULTY

Pamela Konkol, PhD

Director, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice<br />Associate Professor of Foundations and Social Policy


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Konkol teaches classes about the social, historical and philosophical foundations of education, qualitative research methodology, preservice and professional teacher education. Her research interests include the philosophical foundations of educational practice and the social context of education.

She also studies the theoretical and practical implications of educational policy for students, communities and schools. She is very involved in the educational and professional development of teachers and the improvement of their educational practices. Dr. Konkol joined Concordia’s faculty in 2006.

Degrees

  • PhD, Policy Studies in Urban Education: Social Foundations of Education. University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction. University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • BS, Communication and Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Selected Invited Publications

  • "Who says we can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?: Transforming market-based programs into critical education." Konkol, P. J., Stumme, S. M. and Nuñez, I. (Forthcoming). In Hinchey, P. (Ed.) The Action Research Reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

  • "The policy milieu." Konkol, P. J. and Wu, J. (Forthcoming).  In M. F. He, B. D. Schultz, & W. H. Schubert  (Eds.), Guide to Curriculum in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • "Action foundations: A comic (book) tale of defending Educational Studies." Konkol, P. J. and Nuñez, I.  (2013). Critical Questions in Education (Theme issue: In Defense of Foundations).

  • Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation: Tutwiler, S. W. (Chair), deMarrais, K., Gabbard, D., Hyde, A., Konkol, P. J., Li, H., Medina, Y., Rayle, J., & Swain, A. (2013): "Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies Third Edition, 2012, Draft Presented to the Educational Community by the American Educational Studies Association's Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation," Educational Studies, 49(2), 107-118.

  • "Family and community contexts in the communicative, visual and performative arts." Chou, V. and Konkol, P. J., (Eds). (2008). In Brice-Heath, S., Flood, J. and Lapp, D. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Visual and Communicative Arts.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates

  • "In the context of multicultural/pluralistic issues, what should school administrators be asking themselves about standards and testing?" Konkol, P. J. (2005). In R.C. Morris, (Ed.). Curriculum Professors Debate Multicultural/Pluralistic Issues in Standards Based Curriculum. Orlando, FL:  Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.

Selected Publications

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

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

  • "Schooling the educators of diverse students" (book review). Konkol, P. J. (2012). In He, M. F, Sapp, J., Eng, B. C., Aguilar, J., Scott-Simmons, W., Nunez, I., & Johnson, L. Part V: Guide to New Resources (a series of book reviews). Multicultural Perspectives: An Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education, 2012

  • "Actions speak louder than words: Community activism as curriculum" (book review). Konkol, P. J. (2011). Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 24(4).

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

  • "You want me to teach where? Preparing teacher candidates to serve in culturally and socially different contexts than their own." Konkol, P. J., Morkert, M., Nuñez, I., Pollom, L. and Stricker, K. (2008). Success in High Need Schools, 4(2). Available: www.successinhighneedschools.org/journal/issue/4/2/1222

  • "Developing school leaders: A research review and directions for future inquiry." Smylie, M. A., Bennett, A., Konkol, P. J., & Fendt, C. R. (2005). In Riehl, C. and Firestone, W. (Eds). A New Agenda: Directions for Research on Educational Leadership. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

  • "Thinking differently about teacher workforce development." Smylie, M., Miretzky, D. and Konkol, P. J. (2004). In Smylie, M. and Miretzky, D., (Eds). Developing the Teacher Workforce. The One Hundred and Third Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. Chicago, IL: National Society for the Study of Education.

Reports and White Papers

  • "Briefing paper #5—School Closures." Farmer, S. Pulido, I., Konkol, P. J., Phillippo, K., Stovall, D., and Klonsky, M. (2013). Chicago, IL: CReATE.

  • "Illinois policy inventory on teaching and learning." Presley, J. and Konkol, P. J. (2001).  Springfield IL: Illinois Governor's Council on Teacher Quality.

  • "Evaluation of the Golden Apple Foundation Scholar Program." Presley, J. and Konkol, P. J. (2001).  Chicago: Center for Urban Education and Research.

Selected Invited Presentations

  • "The future of teacher unions in the United States." Nunez, I. Konkol, P. J., and Michie, G. Chicago, IL: Panel presentation at the American Educational Research Association. 2015.

  • "Interrogating assumptions and envisioning possibilities: A hermeneutic analysis of pedagogy and practice." Konkol, P. J. and Militz-Frielink, S. (2013). Invited symposium paper, Information Communication Technologies and the Push for Online PK-20 Education: Questions Regarding Equity, Access, and the Reproduction or Transgression of Domination. Baltimore, MD: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Struggling toward a critical consciousness: Cultivating a safe space in the online social foundations course." Konkol, P. J. and Militz-Frielink, S. (2012). Invited symposium paper, Teaching Social Foundations Online: Paradoxes, Possibilities, Problems and Expectations. Seattle, WA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • The Council for Social Foundations of Education Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation. (2012). Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies. Invited session. Seattle, WA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • The Council for Social Foundations of Education Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation. (2011). Reframing the Discipline: Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies. Invited session. St. Louis, MO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "A look inside and beyond: The handbook of research on teaching literacy through the communicative, performative, and visual arts, volume II." Konkol, P. J. (2009). Special session. Minneapolis, MN: 54th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association.

  • "Ethos, behavior codification, and standard-bearing for American teachers: intersections and roadblocks."  Konkol, P. J. (2009). Moscow, Russian Federation: Presentation to the faculty of the Moscow State Pedagogical University.

  • "Family and community contexts in the communicative, visual and performative arts." Konkol, P. J. (2008). Special session. Atlanta, GA: The 53nd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association.

  • "Introducing the handbook of research on teaching literacy through the visual and communicative arts." Konkol, P. J. and Chou, V. (2007). Special session. Toronto, ONT, Canada: The 52nd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association.

  • "Reflective and collaborative strategies of junior faculty on meeting the challenge to teach in the social foundations: learning communities and beyond." Konkol, P. J. and others. (2007).  Invited address to the Society of Professors of Education. Chicago, IL: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Community mural projects, direct interaction and relationship building research forum." Invited participation. (2006). Interactive session. Chicago, IL: Annual Convention of the National Art Educators Association.

Selected Presentations

  • "Keeping the Faith When Worlds Collide: Negotiating Professional Identity and Responsibility at a Faith-Based Institution." (2015) Ottawa, ONT, Canada: Paper presentation at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.

  • "Reconceptualizing the Curriculum: Wading Through/Pushing Through/Navigating New Waters in the Education of a Teacher." Wickland, T. R. and Konkol, P. J. (2015). Ottawa, ONT, Canada: Paper presentation at the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.

  • "Charting the Future of Biographical and Documentary Research Methods." Konkol, P. J., Kridel, C., and Schultz, B. (2015). Chicago, IL: Panel presentation at the American Educational Research Association.

  • "The Curriculum Diaspora." Konkol, P. J., Kridel, C., and Schultz, B. (2015). Divisional Session. Chicago, IL: Special session of the American Educational Research Association.

  • "Heartbreaking Loss and Radical Love: Reimagining Curriculum Studies." Konkol, P. J., Kridel, C., and Schultz, B. (2015). Divisional Session. Chicago, IL: Special session of the American Educational Research Association.

  • "Taking the Foundations to the Students: Online Teaching in Educational Studies." Konkol, P. J., Militz-Frielink, S., Tawfik, A. and Nuñez, I. (2014). Evanston, IL: Paper presentation at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association.

  • "A Policy Curriculum: Empowering Teacher Voices." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J. and Michie, G. (2014). Dayton, OH: 35th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. 

  • "Micro-Aggressions and White Space: What Happens When the Campus Isn't So White Anymore." Konkol, P. J. and Stumme, S. M. (2014). Toronto, ONT, Canada: Paper presentation at the American Educational Studies Association.

  • "Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers: An Interactive Intellectual Throw Down." Konkol, P. J., Rayle, J. and others (2014). Toronto, ONT, Canada: Panel presentation at the American Educational Studies Association.

  • "Activating Social Justice: Bridging Theory to Practice through Social Activism in Our Communities." Konkol, P. J. et al (2014). Toronto, ONT, Canada: Panel presentation at the American Educational Studies Association.

  • "The moral dilemma of being rebels with a cause." Konkol, P. J., Wickland, T. , and Renn, P. (2014). Philadelphia, PA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Here be Monsters! Negotiating the Treacherous Waters of Academe with a Little Help from My Friends." Konkol, P. J. (2013). Baltimore, MD: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Going Rogue: When Teaching Foundations is a Subversive Act." Konkol, P. J., Renn, P. and Wickland, T. (2013). Baltimore, MD: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "In defense of foundations." Nuñez, I., and Konkol, P. (2013). Baltimore, MD: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Occupy Policy: CReATE’s Work to Reframe Education Reform." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J. and Stumme, S. (2013). Baltimore, MD: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "The Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Conserving the Landscape of Education." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J., Michie, G. and Stumme, S. (2013). Chicago, IL: Annual Conference of the Organization of Educational Historians.

  • "Negotiating Critical Perspectives in Computer Mediated Spaces: A Portrait of Struggle, Resistance, and Possibility." Konkol, P. J. and Militz-Frielink, S. (2013). San Francisco, CA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "The Examined Life: A Hermeneutic Approach to Teaching Philosophical Foundations Online." Konkol, P. J. and Militz-Frielink, S. (2013). Portland, OR: Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting.

  • "Igniting advocacy in the age of NCATE: a study of teachers and their teachers." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J., and Renn, P. (2012). Seattle, WA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Policy Advocacy as Public Pedagogy: Perils and Possibilities." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J. and Schultz, B. D. (2012). Dayton, OH: 33rd Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice.

  • "Curriculum Work as Activism and Advocacy." Ayers, B., Konkol, P. J. and Nuñez, I. (2012). Invited session. Dayton, OH: 33rd Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice.

  • "To 'Know Thyself' is Not Enough: Envisioning a Teaching Life Through Autobiographical Narrative." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J. and Stumme, S. M. (2012).  Vancouver, BC, Canada: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Troubling the (Public) Rhetoric of School Reform: The New Visions and Familiar Conflicts of CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education." Nuñez, I., Konkol, P. J. and Schultz, B. D. (2012).  Vancouver, BC, Canada: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Ethos? Ethic? Does it even matter? Troubling the consequences of the words we choose." Konkol, P. J. (2011). St. Louis, MO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Education, Ethics and the Construction of Conscience." Konkol, P. J., Rayle, J. and Christie, H.K. (2011). Panel presentation. St. Louis, MO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Reworking the Intersections Between Self and Others: The Role of Autobiographical Narrative in Envisioning Oneself a Teacher of Diverse Students." Konkol, P. J. and Nuñez, I. (2011). Chicago, IL: National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Meeting.

  • "So/ewing Creativity: Portrait of a Student-Directed Capstone Experience." Nuñez, I and Konkol, P. J. (2011). Chicago, IL: National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Meeting.

  • "Inciting Ethos: Challenging the Predictable to Imagine the Possible for Professional Community." Konkol, P. J. (2011). New Orleans, LA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Motion picture: A portrait of reflection-in-action in teacher education." Nuñez, I., Stumme, S. and Konkol, P. J. (2011). New Orleans, LA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Good for us, good for our students: A self-study of self-study." Stumme, S., Nuñez, I. and Konkol, P. J. (2011). New Orleans, LA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Envisioning ethos and the challenge of conceptual consensus." Konkol, P. J. (2010). Denver, CO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Reflective Practice as 'best practice' in a degree program for practicing teachers." Konkol, P. J., Nuñez, I. (2010). Irvine, CA: Association of Lutheran College Faculties Annual Meeting.

  • "Confronting the mirror: Painting a portrait of tension in teacher preparation." Konkol, P. J., Nuñez, I. and Madda, C. (2010). Denver, CO: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "You want it? Yeah baby, we ain’t got it: That elusive idea of ethos in educating." Konkol, P. J. (2009). Pittsburgh, PA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Why ‘Black’ and ‘White’ stick in the throat: A portrait of conflict in teacher education." Buhring, E., Konkol, P., Nunez, I. Renn, P. (2009). Pittsburgh, PA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "A crazy little thing called community: Reflective inquiry through collective practice in a graduate cohort program." Davison, A., Kowal, D., Manade, C., Trotter, A., Konkol, P. J. (2009). Symposium presentation. Pittsburgh, PA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Are dispositions all we got? Documenting teaching’s quest for meaning, purpose and identity." Konkol, P. J. (2009). San Diego, CA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Class secrets: Uncovering cultural capital awareness on campus." Eells, R., Konkol, P. J., Mahay, J., Nunez, I., and Soljaga, D. (2008). Savannah, GA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Toward a shared vision or on a slippery slope into the abyss? Thinking critically about ethos, identity and dispositions." Konkol, P. J. (2008). Athens, Greece: 10th International Conference on Education, Athens Institute for Education and Research.

  • "Understanding factors that affect young people’s views toward citizenship and acceptance of diversity." Pavlou, V., Christodoulou, N., Konkol, P. J. (2008).  Nicosia, Cyprus: 1st International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network.

  • "Codified behavior, common cause, or something else altogether: Teaching's (anti-) ethos revealed through archival analysis." Konkol, P. J. (2008).  New York, NY: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "What are Johnny, Juan, and John, Jr. reading? A document analysis of the cultural capital worth of elementary instructional texts." Soljaga, D. D. and Konkol, P. J. (2008).  New York, NY: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Payne’s misframing: why understanding social class requires autobiographical reflection." Nunez, I., Konkol, P. J., and Stricker, K. (2008).  New York, NY: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "The quandary of a professional ethos for educators: professional ethics, disposition development or something else entirely?" Konkol, P. J. (2007). Cleveland, OH: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Working-class folks have working-class jobs, even in the academy." Stricker, K. J., Nunez, I. and Konkol, P. J. (2007). Cleveland, OH: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "You want me to teach where? Preparing teacher candidates to serve in culturally and socially different contexts than their own." Konkol, P. J., Morkert, M., Nuñez, I., Pollom, L. and Stricker, K. (2007). Chicago, IL: Associated Colleges of Illinois Colloquium.

  • "The quandary of a professional ethos for educators: professional ethics or disposition development?" Konkol, P. J. (2007). Chicago, IL: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Issues in documentary research: problems and dilemmas when blurring the boundaries." Konkol, P. J. and Schultz, B. D. (2007). Chicago, IL: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Is there a place for philosophy in the accreditation and certification of educational programs for teachers?" Konkol, P. J. (2007). Special Session of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education. Chicago, IL: American Philosophical Association Central Division Annual Meeting.

  • "What the heck were we thinking when we signed up for this gig? Reflective and collaborative strategies on meeting the challenge to teach in the social foundations." Konkol, P. J. (2006). Symposium presentation. Spokane, WA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "In search of a professional ethos: a critical examination of the potential and possibilities of an epideictic construct for teachers." Konkol, P. J. (2005). Chicago, IL: Midwest Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting.

  • "Linking history and philosophy to the contemporary issues: making the social foundations relevant to pre-service and practicing educators." Konkol, P. J. and Schultz, B. D. (2005). Chicago, IL: Midwest Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting.

  • "Epideictic what? And what does that Hippo thing have to do with education, anyway?" Konkol, P. J. (2005). Charlottesville, VA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Growing our own: graduate students and faculty on professional development in the foundations." Berry, T., Kelly, H., Konkol, P. J., and Taylor-Brandon, L. (2005).  Panel presentation. Charlottesville, VA: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "In search of a shared ethos for educators: The potential and possibilities of epideictic discourse." Konkol, P. J. (2005). Montreal, QUE, Canada: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Developing the teacher workforce: a systemic perspective." Konkol, P. J. Interactive symposium. San Diego, CA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Running the ISLLC standards around a hermeneutic circle." Mayrowetz, D. and Konkol, P. J. (2004). San Diego, CA: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Punk rock saved our lives! Or…’zines, ‘zinesters, and the literary spaces they create." Konkol, P. J. and Piano, D. (2004). Kansas City, MO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "The graduate journey: at the crossroads of perception and reality Part II: a year later… Symposium presentation." Buhring, E., Christodoulou, N., Konkol, P., Madda, C., Nunez, I., and Schultz, B. (2004). Kansas City, MO: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "A critical examination of the potential of a professional creed for educators." Konkol, P. J. (2003). Mexico City, Mexico: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "The graduate journey: at the crossroads of perception and reality." Buhring, E., Christodoulou, N., Hadjas, L. and Konkol, P. (2003). Symposium presentation. Mexico City, Mexico: American Educational Studies Association Annual Meeting.

  • "Utilizing multiple leadership perspectives to prepare administrators: An examination of ISLLC standards in light of trait, transformational and organizational leadership theories." Mayrowetz, D., Konkol, P. J., Lightfoot, J., Tozer, S., and Smylie, M. (2002). Pittsburgh, PA: University Council for Educational Administration Annual Meeting.

Professional Seminars

  • "I just wanna see you be brave: talking with teachers about transformation." Konkol, P. J. (2014). Panelist, What Are Schools Doing to Transform Lives. Chicago, IL: Chicago State University Transformative Education Conference.

  • "Project- and problem-based teaching and learning." Konkol, P. J. and Schultz, B. D. (2013). Riverside, IL: The Freedom in Education Conference. 

  • "Educating for Uncertainty." Goulah, J., Gray, P., Konkol, P. J., Kuzmic, J., Schultz, B. D., Swartz, R. (2013). Panelist. Riverside, IL: The Freedom in Education Conference.

  • "Why Do Projects? Project-Based Learning across Grade Levels and School Settings." Konkol, P. J., Lukasik, J. M., Ryan, D., Schubert, W. H., and Schultz, B. D. (2012). Invited presentation for the Berwyn, IL: Progressive Education in Action Lecture Series at The Children’s School.

  • "School closures and school facilities." Konkol, P. J. and Phillippo, K. (2012). Chicago, IL: CReATE Research Symposium on Illinois Education Policy and Legislation

  • "Imagining possibilities: co-creating the curriculum with students." Konkol, P. J. (2006). River Forest, IL: Urban Ministries Conference.

Memberships

  • Committee on Academic Standards and Accreditation, Council for Social Foundations of Education
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Education Studies Association
  • National Society for the Study of Education
  • Philosophy for Education Society
  • Society for the Philosophical Study of Education
  • John Dewey Society