Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Faculty and Staff Directory

Phillippo, Kate

Title/s: Associate Professor;
Program Chair

Specialty Area: Sociology of Education, Education Policy, Urban Education, Organizational Sociology, Teacher Education, School Social Work

Office #: Lewis Towers 1038, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6910

E-mail: kphillippo@luc.edu

CV Link: Phillippo-CV


Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Program Areas

  • Cultural and Educational Policy Studies 
  • Research Methodology

Research Interests

  • Organizational, professional, socio-cultural, political and demographic influences on policy and practice enactment
  • Student, teacher and parent understanding and experiences of education policy
  • Selective public schools
  • Student-teacher relationships
  • Teacher role definition
  • Student support practice and policy in K-12 school settings
  • School-based mental health and its fit with public K-12 schools, school social work organization

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Sociology of Education Association (SEA)
  • American Educational Studies Association (AERA)
  • Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC)
  • Society for Social Work and Research

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 240 Urban Education: Policy and Practice
  • ELPS 410 Sociology of Education
  • ELPS 412 Sociological Analysis of Urban Education and Policy
  • ELPS 510 Seminar in the Sociology of Education (Sociology of
                       Teaching, The School as an Organization)
  • RMTD 420 Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence
                         with Qualitative Methods


  • Finalist, Spencer Foundation Exemplary Dissertation Award
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2009)

Selected Publications

  • Phillippo, K. & Kelly, M. (2014). On the fault line: A qualitative exploration of high school teachers’ involvement with student mental health issues. School Mental Health, 6(3), 184-200.
  • Phillippo, K. (2013).  Advisory in urban high schools: A study of expanded teacher roles. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, Series on Urban Education (A. Sadovnik & S. Semel, Eds.).
  • Phillippo, K. & Stone, S. (2013). Teacher role breadth and its relationship to student-reported teacher support. High School Journal, 96(4), 358-379.
  • Phillippo, K. & Blosser, A. (2013). Specialty practice or interstitial practice? A reconsideration of school social work’s past and present. Children & Schools, 35(1), 19-31.
  • Phillippo, K. (2012). “You’re trying to know me”: Students from nondominant groups respond to teacher personalism. The Urban Review, 44(4), 441-467.
  • Phillippo, K. and Stone, S. (2011).  Towards a broader view: A call to integrate knowledge about schools into school social work research. Children & Schools, 33(2) 71-81.
  • Phillippo, K. (2010). Teacher-advisors providing social and emotional support: A study of complex role enactment in small high schools. Teachers College Record, 112(8), 2258-2293.