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.


2020 Lecture: POSTPONED


   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

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.
Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center

April 2, 2020

Schreiber Center
Water Tower Campus

Reception 5:00pm

Lecture 6:00pm

Registration is required

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy as well as creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity, including two TEDx talks and a TED talk on Broadway with more than a million views. Dena has won numerous awards and fellowships and has been profiled in the Huffington Post, Education Week, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin's Press, 2021).


Previous Lectures:

  • 2019 - Cris Mayo, Ph.D.Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at West Virginia University and Director of the LGBTBG+ Center 
    TITLE: Rethinking and Recognizing Gender: Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Creative Educational Disruptions

  • 2018 - Amanda Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and Director of Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
    TITLE: Schools as Race-Making Institutions: Advancing Justice or Reinforcing Hierarchies?

  • 2017 - Dionne Danns, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
    TITLE: Policy Implications for School Desegregation and School Choice in Chicago

  • 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