Hilary Dack

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Assistant Professor


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 are differentiated instruction and high-quality curriculum design (including Understanding by Design) in K-12 general education classrooms.  Dr. Dack teaches introductory courses on instructional design and foundations in middle grades education to 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. She regularly leads professional development workshops for elementary, middle, and high school faculties on differentiated instruction and high-quality curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.

Dr. Dack’s current research focuses on how teacher education programs prepare preservice and early career teachers to respond effectively to academic diversity.  Her scholarship has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, The Elementary School Journal, and Theory & Research in Social Education.  She received the American Educational Research Association’s 2015 Social Studies Research SIG Outstanding Paper Award and the Cato College of Education’s 2020 Award for Excellence in Research.  Dr. Dack was also the recipient of the University of Virginia’s Bruce Gansneder Outstanding Dissertation Award and Edgar F. Shannon Award given to the Curry School of Education’s outstanding graduate of 2015.  Her publications for practitioners on engaging curriculum and the importance of cultural awareness, co-authored with Carol Tomlinson, have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan and Educational Leadership


  • Ph.D. – University of Virginia, Curriculum & Instruction
  • M.Ed. – University of Virginia, Gifted Education
  • J.D. – University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A. – Davidson College, English