Hilary Dack (Ph.D., University of Virginia) joined the College of Education faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education. Her areas of specialization include differentiated instruction and high quality curriculum design in K-12 general education classrooms. Her current research focuses on how teacher education programs prepare preservice and early career teachers to respond effectively to academic diversity. She teaches introductory courses on lesson plan design, instructional technology, and foundations in middle grades education to undergraduate teacher candidates. Before earning her Ph.D., she taught American history, language arts, science, math, and English as a second language at the middle grades level.
Dr. Dack’s recent publication on the use of experiential instructional techniques in social studies classrooms, co-authored with Stephanie van Hover and David Hicks, received the American Educational Research Association’s 2015 Social Studies SIG Outstanding Paper Award. She was also the recipient of the University of Virginia’s 2015 Bruce Gansneder Outstanding Dissertation Award and Edgar F. Shannon Award given to the Curry School of Education’s outstanding graduate of 2015. Her publications on engaging curriculum and the importance of cultural awareness, co-authored with Carol Tomlinson, have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan and Educational Leadership. Dr. Dack regularly leads professional development workshops for elementary, middle, and high school faculties on differentiated instruction and high quality curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.
Ph.D. – University of Virginia, Curriculum & Instruction