Terri Wilson
Assistant Professor
EFPP: Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice • Master's in Higher Education

School of Education, Room 215
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Terri S. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, in the Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP) area. Her research interests focus on the connections between philosophy of education and education policy; in particular, the relationship between our individual choices (and rights and interests) in education, and how those choices intersect with the 'public goods' of education, including equity, justice and democratic participation. She is currently working on three main projects: 

The first is a book, "How Different Should Schools Be? Choice, Recognition and Justice in Education," which explores how we might balance the interests of families to choose specific or distinctive school missions (e.g., a charter school focused on a particular language or culture) with arguments for a common, integrated school system. In connection with this project, she has also written about the conceptual foundations of how school choice 'works' as a policy, and questions that choice raises about the public purposes of education. 

Second, building on her previous research on charter school marketing and the organizational contexts of choice, she is studying an emerging group of "intentionally diverse" charter schools. These schools attempt to leverage choice for integration, but also raise intriguing questions about the meaning, purpose and potential commodification of diversity. 

Third, she is continuing a collaborative project that explores recent activism to "opt out" of state assessments, and how this movement raises longstanding philosophical questions about the proper scope of state and family authority over the provision of education. Across these different projects, Wilson remain interested in exploring how philosophy offers methodological resources for exploring the moral and ethical dimensions of education.

Wilson has been at CU Boulder since 2015, and teach courses in philosophy of education, education policy and research methodology (including EDUC 5726: Disciplined Inquiry, EDUC 7055: Philosophy of Education, EDUC 7446: Policy Issues in Education and EDUC 8250: Qualitative Research I). In 2018, she taught a newly designed course: the MA Capstone Writing Seminar. She previously taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and was a 2012-2014 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Postdoctoral Scholar. Wilson completed her PhD at Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously worked for the St. Paul Public Schools, and with different community engagement and organizing initiatives in Minnesota.