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Diana D'Amico is an assistant professor of education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Dr. D'Amico is an historian of education and education policy. She completed her dissertation, with the support of a Spencer Fellowship, at New York University in 2010. Her dissertation, "Claiming Profession: The Dynamic Struggle for Teacher Professionalism in the Twentieth Century," received the Politics of Education Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Dr. D'Amico's research examines the development of policy questions surrounding teacher quality and professionalism over the twentieth century, as well as the ways in which the historic organizational structure of the schools informs teacher professionalization. Dr. D'Amico uses this historical framework to engage current policy debates. Her book project is titled _The Failure of Teacher Professionalization: A History_. Dr. D'Amico is also at work on another large-scale project that examines the profile characteristics of teacher applicants in a larger school district.
Housed in the Education Policy Program and affiliated with the History Department, Dr. D'Amico teaches doctoral courses that examine the historical, social and political forces that shape schooling and school policy in the United States. Before arriving at GMU she spent a postdoctoral year at Brown University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
- The history of education and education policy
- The history of teachers and teaching
- Teacher quality and assessment
- Teacher applicant characteristics
- Teacher professionalization
- Teacher training
- Teacher unions and associations
Courses Taught This Semester
- Special Topics in Education (EDLE - 597)
- Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership (EDLE - 634)
- Internship in Educational Leadership (EDLE - 791)
- Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (EDUC - 897)
- Advanced Internship in Education (EDUC - 994)
- Doctoral Dissertation Research (EDUC - 999)
- Advanced Topics in Education (EDUC - 797)
- Education Policy: Process, Context, and Politics (EDUC - 870)
- Advanced Topics in Education (EDRS - 797)
- Social and Political Forces in Education Leadership (EDLE - 813)
- Using Research to Lead School Improvement (EDLE - 690)
- Teacher Policy in Historic Perspective (EDUC - 877)
- School Reform in the United States: Politics and Policies (EDUC - 886)