Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

John M. Wozniak Lecture Series

Dr. John Wozniak joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago in 1950. One year later, he was made acting chair of the Department of Education. He served for 18 years in that capacity until the founding of the School of Education in 1969, when he became dean, a position he held for another 10 years. John was a remarkable educator, scholar, mentor, colleague, and friend to all those passing through the School of Education.  Dr. Wozniak retired in 1984 and remained active in the School of Education alumni events until his death in 2013.  The lecture series was established in 2009 to recognize Dr. Wozniak’s contributions to the university and school.

 2017 Lecture:

   Our Annual Presentation

J o h n    M .   W o z n i a k   L e c t u r e   S e r i e s


Dionne Danns, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Dionne Danns is an associate professor and interim department chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.  A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she began her career as an AERA/IES Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Danns’ research focuses on the history of American education, particularly African American education.  She has authored two books.  The first, Something Better for Our Children: Black Organizing in Chicago Public Schools, 1963-1971, examined student and teacher activism around school reform.  More recently, she completed Desegregating Chicago’s Public Schools: Policy Implementation, Politics, and Protest, 1965-1985, which focuses on the federal government’s use of public policy to eliminate racial segregation and discrimination in public institutions in the United States through the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  The book won the American Educational Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice Award in 2015.  Danns is also the co-editor of Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History, and recently co-edited a special issue of the centennial volume of the Journal of African American History, titled “African American Education, Civil Rights, and Black Power.”  She is currently working on a book tentatively titled, We all got along: Integrating Chicago Public High Schools which explores the experiences of graduates of desegregated schools.

March 16, 2017
Water Tower Campus
Lecture: 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Reception: Immediately after lecture
Wintrust Hall (Schreiber Center 9th Floor)

Registration is required
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Previous Lectures:

  • 2016 - Lauren Heidbrink, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chair of Social and Behavior Sciences National Louis University, Chicago, IL
    TITLE: Crossing Borders: Lessons from Unaccompanied Migrant Youth (video)

  • 2015 – Pedro Noguera, PhD, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University
    TITLE: Education, Racial Inequality and the Future of American Democracy (video)

  • 2014 – Gloria Ladson-Billings, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    TITLE: Getting Serious about Education: Culturally Relevant Teaching for New Century Students (video)

  • 2013 – Marilyn Cochran-Smith, PhD, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools. Director, Doctoral Programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College
    TITLE: Teacher Education at the Crossroads

  • 2012 – Charles Payne, PhD, Frank P. Dixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
    TITLE: So Much Reform: Maybe a Little Change (video)

  • 2011 – Judy Elliott, PhD, Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District
    TITLE: Preparing Teachers for Today’s Schools