Educational Studies

Dr. Andrea Hyde

Office: WIU-Quad Cities, 1111
Phone: 309/762/3999, ext. 62242

I am an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies, where I teach graduate level courses in social theory, philosophy of education and qualitative research and direct masters theses and serve on doctoral dissertation committees for our department’s MSEd and EdD programs. I also teach courses in social and multicultural foundations of education and education policy and law for Western’s teacher education program. In 2017, I became the Education Studies department’s ​MSEd Program Coordinator for the QC.

 My policy and curriculum work involves mind-body practices in teacher education and professional development. I study school-based yoga curriculum and teacher training programs, and relate this work to critical pedagogy and social justice education. I am also interested in mindfulness pedagogy for post-secondary education, with connections to philosophy of education and critical social theories. My current research involves “mindfully democratic schools”. I am also coediting a forthcoming book called, Qualitative Stories of School Yoga, with SUNY Press.

I am certified to teach yoga to both teens and adults and to use the Mindful Schools curriculum. I have aligned mindfulness exercises and mindfulness philosophy with principles for and inclusive and peaceful classroom environment (responsive discipline, restorative justice, Universal Design for Learning) and teaching and learning standards such as Social-Emotional Learning, Physical Development and Health and Social Studies. I provide mindful movement workshops to educators at all levels. Workshop participants have had the following to say:


 I appreciate the level of background information and research provided and especially the experiential practice opportunities.

 I cannot wait for the next workshop/conference!