2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 Society of Professors of Education Conference

Reimagining Democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and Beyond:

A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy 

Call for Proposals

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Daylong Live Synchronous Virtual Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021 (8am-5pm EDT)

Proposals Due February 16, 2021 | Submit to: etboyles@vt.edu

2021 Call for Proposals

Reimagining Democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and Beyond:

A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy

The 2021 Society of Professors of Education Conference Call for Proposals

Daylong Live Synchronous Virtual Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021 (8am-5pm EDT)

Proposals Due February 16, 2021: etboyles@vt.edu

Professors of education, students, and practitioners—you are invited to reimagine democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and beyond. We are keen to think, write, teach, and lead educationally in social movements, civil organizations, and educational institutions. For the 2021 conference, we will gather online as a force for justice against the national swell of anti-Blackness, insurrection, and conspiracy theory. Advocating for a critical, socially, and racially just democracy, we will pay tribute, in memoriam, to our good friend, mentor, and esteemed colleague Professor Bernardo Gallegos and his legacy. A president of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE), he was a scholar of Indigenous narratives and identities, history, and colonial legacies. As engaged scholars, we will honor his larger-than-life presence.

The Society invites proposals for live synchronous presentation at its annual meeting to be held virtually on April 10, 2021 focused on the conference theme “Reimagining Democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and Beyond:    A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy.” We also welcome proposals that address the Society’s primary goal (below). Select papers presented at the conference may be published in SPE’s Professing Education journal.

Founded in 1902, the SPE is a professional and academic association open to all persons engaged in teacher preparation, curriculum studies, educational foundations, and related activities. The Society’s primary goal is to provide a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, problems, and challenges confronting professional educators. SPE is an interdisciplinary organization. Its members include both scholars and practitioners in education.

Presenters are limited to ONE proposal submission.

To be included in the program, presenters of accepted proposals must be(come) paying members of the Society. Membership and fees are managed by SPE Secretary-Treasurer Robert C. Morris: rmorris@westga.edu. The membership fee is very reasonable—join at your earliest convenience. Fill out the 2021-2022 membership form here.

Call for Reviewers: Besides submitting your work, you can volunteer as a proposal reviewer; email: etboyles@vt.edu.


Submission: By February 16, 2021, email your Word-formatted proposal to the SPE Program Committee Coordinator:

Emily Boyles: etboyles@vt.edu. The subject line of your email message must read: “SPE 2021 Proposal.”

Cover Sheet: Each proposal should have a separate cover sheet that lists: 1) title of the paper and SPE 2021 proposal;   2) names, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and relevant backgrounds of ALL proposal submitters; 3) identify the corresponding presenter handling communications. The cover sheet will not be sent to proposal reviewers. Except for the cover sheet, the proposal must NOT contain information identifying submitters of the proposal.

Length: Proposals should be 350 to 500 words (excluding the cover sheet). The proposal should restate the title of the presentation, describe its contents, and discuss its significance. Keep in mind the conference theme or Society’s goals.

Notification: The proposal review outcome will be emailed to the proposal submitter, along with conference details.

Join us—we look forward to seeing you online!

Carol A. Mullen, Professor, Virginia Tech, and SPE President

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Logo Artist Statement


Artist Statement: SPE Logo

Dr. Dusty Crocker is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Design at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout the course of his career, he has won over 100 awards for graphic design, the most recent of which was a Gold for Book Jacket Design in the 2019 Graphis International Design Annual. Dusty is dedicated to forward-thinking, interdisciplinary forms of education and is proud to contribute this logo to the Society of Professors of Education. He believes that his contribution will help to promote the organization’s mission to support professional educators and inspire critical perspectives about the future of educational research and practice. Taking his inspiration from these goals, Dusty designed the logo to visually symbolize an unbroken, ongoing passing of the torch from one generation to the next. The base of each torch represents stability and a capacity to grasp what has been created in the past. The flames represent the mutable nature of education as new knowledges are added and combined in the crucible of the present. He believes that education is characterized by an incomplete and continuous advancement and wanted to represent this reality in a logo that the Society of Professors of Education could be proud of and stand behind as a generative source of inspiration and imagination.

Tribute to Bernardo Gallegos

We wish to pay tribute, in memoriam, to our good friend and esteemed colleague Bernardo P. Gallegos, founder of the Brill Publishing Book Series: Education, Culture, and Society.

Bernardo, who was much-loved, is someone we’ll always miss. We remember him as a kind, thoughtful, and wise person with a great sense of humor.

This world is better because of him. Knowing him was to feel intellectually and spiritually enriched.

Bernardo was Professor of Educational Foundations, Teacher Education, and Indigenous Educational History at National University, Los Angeles Campus, in the Teacher Education Department within the Sanford College of Education. He held a distinguished professorship at Washington State University, and his PhD was awarded from the University of New Mexico in 1988.

His vision for the Brill series is to publish books that “engage the complex and dynamic relationship between education, culture, and society in historical, contemporary, and futural contexts.”

He would openly share his cultural identity. Born and raised in the South and North Valleys of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was of mixed Native American, Spanish, and African ancestry. Besides Albuquerque, he lived in Durango, Colorado, Cuba, New Mexico, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, Washington, and Chicago. He acknowledged feeling blessed with a great family, friends, and colleagues. Bernardo, deeply appreciative, also gave thanks for being able to live in a place where he could watch the sunset over the Pacific.

A brilliant and important writer, Bernardo has published widely in the history of education, cultural studies in education, Indigenous and Latino educational/cultural history, and performance studies in education. His books, edited volumes, and guest editorships, often with others, include the Postcolonial Indigenous Performances; Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education; Performance Theories and Education; Indigenous Education in the Americas; and Literacy, and Education, and Society in Colonial New Mexico, 1693 to 1821.

Bernardo served as President of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE), the American Educational Studies Association, and the Organization of Educational Historians. Within his extensive and deep networks, he mentored and befriended many of us.

Current Officers

President: Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech (2020-2021)

President-Elect: To Elect  (2020-2021)

Immediate Past-President: M. Francyne Huckaby, Texas Christian University (2021-2022)

Secretary-Treasurer: Robert C. Morris, University of West Georgia (2020-2021)

Board of Directors


Liz Chase, St. John’s University

Jeanne Marie Iorio, Victoria University

Aaron Zimmerman, Texas Tech University


Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill

Hannah Spector, Penn State University-Harrisburg

Victoria Trinder, University of Illinois @ Chicago

Committee Positions


Kate Shively, Ball State University

Professing Education Editors

Mary Kay Delaney, Meredith College

Gretchen Givens Generett, Duquense University

Paula Groves Price, Washington State University

Joseph Rayle, Cortland State University

Sophist Bane Editor

Isabel Nunez, Indiana-Purdue Univ. @ Fort Wayne

Pam Konkol, Concordia Univ. Chicago

Nominations Committee

Chair: William Schubert, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

Raywid Award

Chair: Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

DeGarmo Lecture and Award

Chair: William Schubert, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

Book Awards

Chair: Pamela Konkol, Concordia University Chicago

The William H. Watkins Award

Chair: Bernardo Gallegos, National University at Los Angeles

2018 – Dr. Barbara Ransby – http://barbararansby.com

Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago

2017 – Dr. Wayne Au

Professor of Educational Studies at University of Washington, Bothell

2016 – David Omotoso Stovall

Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

2015 – Dr. Carol Lee

Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy, Professor of Learning Sciences and African American Studies at Northwestern

Professing Education Volumes


Professing Education 2020 v19 no. 1

Previous Volumes of Professing Education 

Professing Education 2020 v18 no. 1 & 2

Professing Education 2019 v17 no. 1 & 2

Professing Education 2017 v16 no. 1

Professing Education 2017 v16 no. 2

Professing Education 2015 v10 no. 1

Professing Education 2014 v9 no. 2

Professing Education 2013 v9 no. 1

Professing Education 2011 v8 no. 1

Professing Education 2008 v6 no. 1 

Professing Education 2006 v5 no. 2

Professing Education 2006 v5 no. 1

Professing Education 2005 v4 no. 2

Professing Education 2005 v4 no. 1

Professing Education 2004 v3 no. 2

Professing Education 2004 v3 no. 1

Professing Education 2003 v2 no. 2

Professing Education 2003 v2 no. 1

Professing Education 2002 v1 no. 1