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Cultural Foundations of Education, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in Cultural Foundations of Education is a community of scholars who design critical and innovative projects centered on important questions concerning educational justice.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education allows the students in the Ph.D. program to develop doctoral research tailored to their specific interests, built on the foundational perspectives and knowledge offered through CFE’s curriculum. The program’s personalized and flexible approach to doctoral students’ work is guided by the expertise and training provided by CFE’s core and affiliated faculty.

CFE Ph.D. students will have opportunities to:

  • Gain scholarly expertise across a range of disciplinary perspectives on educational issues.
  • Receive advanced training in various methodological frameworks, which will contribute to the research design for their doctoral projects.
  • Develop the rigorous analytical and writing skills required of academic research.
  • Collaborate on research and creative works occurring in the department and across the university.
  • Present at conferences and participate in other professional activities.
  • Attend, participate in, and present at the CFE Colloqium Series, which regularly engages faculty, students, and alumni to share and discuss their research and work.

Expertise in teaching and instruction is developed through both Teaching Assistantships within the department, and participation in the Future Professoriate Program. This includes orientations, year-round services for teaching assistants, and opportunities to co-teach with fellow doctoral students and department faculty, guest lecture, and independent instruction.

Graduates of the Cultural Foundations of Education Ph.D. program work in a broad range of academic and policy contexts, including teaching and administration at some of the top universities in the country, research and policy work, and working with foundations, NGOs, or K-12 schools and districts.

Program Contacts

Alan Foley, Associate Professor; Chair of Cultural Foundations of Education
afoley@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Alan Foley
Maryann Barker, Office Coordinator
mabarker@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Maryann Barker
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505