E. Wayne Ross
University of British Columbia
Department of of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Prior to joining the UBC faculty in 2004, he was Distinguished University Scholar and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. He has also taught curriculum studies and social studies education as a faculty member of the State University of New York campuses at Albany and Binghamton and at The Ohio State University. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Victoria, Lewis University, and in the 1990s at University of British Columbia.
Ross received his PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Development at The Ohio State University, where he wrote his dissertation on the professional socialization of secondary social studies teachers. He received an AB in Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching (History) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career in education as day care worker in North Carolina and then as a secondary social studies teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.
Professor Ross has published more than 20 books and over 200 articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews on curriculum studies, social studies education, teacher education, and critical pedagogy. His most recent books include The Social Studies Curriculum: Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities (4th Edition, State University of New York Press, 2014); Critical Theories, Radical Pedagogies, and Social Education (with Abraham DeLeon, Sense Publishers, 2010); Education Under the Security State (with David Gabbard, Teachers College Press, 2008); Battleground Schools (Greenwood Publishing, 2008) and The Nature and Limits of Standards-Based Education Reform (Teachers College Press, 2008), both in collaboration with Sandra Mathison; and Neoliberalism and Education Reform (with Rich Gibson, Hampton Press, 2007).
Dr. Ross is interested in the influence of social and institutional contexts on teachers’ practice as well as the role of curriculum and teaching in building a democratic society in the face of antidemocratic impulses of greed, individualism, and intolerance. In recent years he has examined the influence of the educational standards and high-stakes testing movements on curriculum and teaching. His most recent research investigates the surveillance-based and spectacular conditions of postmodern schools and society in an effort to develop both a radical critique of the “disciplinary gaze” and a means by which teachers, students, and other stakeholders might resist its various conformative, anti-democratic, anti-collective, and oppressive potentialities.
Ross is co-founder of The Rouge Forum, a group of educators, parents, students, and community activists seeking a democratic society. The Rouge Forum holds an annual national conference and various regional gatherings on a wide range of social justice education issues, including: democratic education; critical literacy; resistance to standardized education and high-stakes testing; corporate education reform; inclusive education; anti-racist education; commercialization of schools; war and the militarization of schools.
He currently serves as editor of three journals: Critical Education, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, which are published by the Institute for Critical Education Studies at UBC, and Cultural Logic, one of the oldest online, open access scholarly journals in the world.
Ross served two terms as editor of the leading social studies education research journal, Theory and Research in Social Education and was co-editor of the Social Science Record. He has guest edited issues of Works & Days (Education for Revolution, 2013); Teacher Education Quarterly (Social studies teacher education: Dare we teach for democracy?, 2009); The Social Studies (Social Studies: Wrong, Right, or Left?, 2005); Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor (Building A K-16 Movement, 2003), Cultural Logic (Marxism and Education, 2001); International Journal of Social Education (Democratic Education, 1996); and Social Science Record, (Conflict Over Content: Knowledge, Values, and Social Studies Education, 1989).
Find him on the web at ewayneross.net and follow him @ewayneross.