Jessica Heybach Vivirito, Ed.D.

Jessica ViviritoAssociate Professor of Education

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 224
Telephone: 630-844-5782
Email Address:

Jessica comes to AU having taught in higher education since 2001. Prior to her experiences in higher education, Jessica taught art and outdoor education at the community level, and was a middle school science teacher in the public schools. However, her main interests reside in providing students with a strong theoretical base from which to build practical knowledge upon. Her hope is that her students interrogate questions regarding what role education and schools play in the formation of individuals and American national identity. Jessica aims to provide her students with multiple means to begin the long journey toward critical consciousness as teachers and as citizens.


B.A. Art, DePaul University
M.S.Ed. Elementary Education, Northern Illinois University
M.S.Ed. Foundations of Education, Northern Illinois University
Type 03 Illinois Teacher Certification, Middle School Endorsement
Ed.D. Northern Illinois University, Curriculum Leadership

Areas of Specialization
Curriculum Theory
Social Justice & Democratic Education
Philosophy of Education & Aesthetics

Courses Taught
EDU 7010/8010: Introduction to Educational Research
EDU 7910/8910: Qualitative Research
EDU 3350: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice for Teachers
EDU 3330: Science Inquiry Methods
EDU 3440/EDU 5440: Middle School Mission and Methods
EDU 2200: Foundation of Education
IDS 2000: Social Responsibility and Wellness
IDS 1600: Diversity, Culture, and Expression


Heybach, J. A. & Sheffield, E. C. (Eds). (2013). Dystopia and Education: Insights for Theory, Praxis, and Policy in an Age of Utopia-Gone-Wrong. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Book Chapter
(Re)Imaging Activism: Educating Teachers For Change. (co-authored with Eric C. Sheffield), in Critical Civic Literacy: A Reader. Editor, Joe DeVitis. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Book Review
A Critical Review of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch.” Critical Questions in Education, 2(1), 2010.

Journal Articles
"Learning to Feel What We See: Critical Aesthetics and “Difficult Knowledge” in an Age of War." Critical Questions in Education, 3(1), 2012.

"Revisiting the 1930's Social Frontier Debates: Teacher Neutrality, Indoctrination, and the Making of Citizens." Thresholds in Education, Fall 2009.

"Rescuing Social Justice in Education: A Critique of the NCATE Controversy." Philosophical Studies in Education, Vol. 40, 2009.

"The Myth of Oneness: The Problem We All Live With." Thresholds in Education, Winter 2009.

Professional Organizations and Activities
American Educational Studies Association
Academy for Educational Studies
Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society
Southeast Philosophy of Education Society
John Dewey Society