Greetings! Thank you for your interest in the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS), has been an integral part of teacher preparation in the College of Education and Human Services from its inception. All teacher candidates at Western take the four course professional sequence of EIS 202: Multicultural and Social Foundations of Education; EIS 301:Cognition, Development and Motivation in Academic Settings; EIS 305 Measurement and Assessment of Learning in Academic Settings; and EIS 401: Educational Law and Policy taught by faculty in the department. In addition, the department offers the Bilingual/Bicultural major for undergraduate teacher education candidates.
We take learning and scholarship seriously, and our faculty members are highly student centered. In this light, the department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to showcase two of our foundations professors Dr. J.Q. Adams and Dr. Jim La Prad in the Meet the Professor videos. More “Meet the Professor” videos will appear in the coming months, so be sure to check back with us soon. -Dr. Gloria Delany-Barmann, Chairperson
Dr. John Q. Adams
Dr. Adams joined the Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies Department, previously known as Educational Foundation Department in August 1988 . Dr. Adams specializes in Multicultural Education. He has helped to develop many multicultural programs at Western Illinois University as well as designing a PBS telecourse called Dealing with Diversity and is co-director of the annual Dealing With Difference Conference. Dr Adams teaches EIS 302- Multicultural and Social Foundations of Education , EIS 507- Social Change and the Multicultural Aspects of Schooling, EIS 607- Implications of Diversity for Educational Leaders and EIS 747- Politics of Education class.
Dr. James LaPrad
Dr. Jim La Prad joined the Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies Department in August of 2003. Dr. La Prad's area of specialization is Philosophy of Education. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the social and philosophical foundations of education. His research, scholarship and practice include critical pedagogy in teaching and learning environments, experiential education, educational ethics, moral education, multicultural education and transformative educational leadership. Dr. La Prad teaches EIS 202-Culture Social Foundations Education, EIS 401- Educational Law and Policy, EIS 501- Philosophy of Education, EIS 607- Implications of Diversity for Educational Leaders, and EIS 747- Politics of Education.