Curriculum and Instruction

Gregg JorgensenC. Gregg Jorgensen, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor
Curriculum & Instruction
Office: Horrabin Hall, 74
Phone: 309/298-1167


C. Gregg Jorgensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Western Illinois University.  He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty.  Dr. Jorgensen earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University. He also holds a J.D. degree from the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. and a B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Utah.  He teaches social studies education, middle school education, and special education law at WIU. Dr. Jorgensen's recent book, John Dewey and the Dawn of Social Studies:  Unraveling Conflicting Interpretations of the 1916 Report (Information Age Publishing, 2012) has been well received by scholars and researchers.  The book, Educating about Social Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A Critical Annotated Bibliography Volume Two, edited by Samuel Totten and Jon Pedersen, concludes with Dr. Jorgensen's chapter, "Social Justice Teaching: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?" (Information Age Publishing, 2013).  He has published in The Curriculum History Journal and in Theory and Research in Social Education.  The International Journal of Progressive Education published his article, "Moral Problems as Issues-Centered Social Studies Education: Discovering Dewey as a Guiding Foundation" in the February 2013 Special Issue: Progressive Education Antecedents of Educating for Democracy.  A journal chapter sequel to this article is in production for the Handbook of Progressive Education, IJPE Special Edition.  The recently published 4th edition of The Social Studies Curriculum: Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities, edited by E. Wayne Ross, begins with Dr. Jorgensen's chapter "Social Studies Curriculum Migration: Confronting Challenges in the 21st Century" (SUNY Press, 2014).

Dr. Jorgensen has reviewed articles for Theory and Research in Social Education (TRSE), the Society for the Study of Curriculum History (SSCH), and proposals for the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) as well as the American Education Research Association (AERA).  He is associated with the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and serves on the steering committee for its Issues Centered Community SIG.  In addition, Dr. Jorgensen is a member of the American Education Research Association (AERA), the John Dewey Society, and recently served as the Communication Director for the Dewey Studies SIG of AERA.   He also serves as President-elect for the Executive Council for the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators as well as the steering committee for the Rouge Forum. Current research interests include issues-centered education, John Dewey's potential influence in 21st century education, social justice education, technology for educators, as well as the social, philosophical and historical foundations of education.