Penelope Peterson

Penelope L. Peterson

Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor , Education
Dean , School of Education and Social Policy
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Professor, Learning Sciences

Annenberg Hall
Room 252
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-1190
Penelope L. Peterson (PhD, Stanford University) is Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). Under her leadership, SESP has moved from a rank of 20 by U.S. News & World Report to being ranked consistently among the top graduate schools of education nationally. In addition, SESP has gone from bringing in a total of approximately $400,000 of external research funding to more than $500,000 of external funding per SESP faculty member. A past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Peterson was recently elected to the National Academy of Education. She is also a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. She serves on the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board for Chicago Lights. Peterson co-edited (with Eva Baker and Barry McGaw) the International Encyclopedia of Education, Third Edition. In addition, Peterson directs the School’s undergraduate Honors Program.


Year Degree Institution
1976 MA, Psychological Studies in Education Stanford University
1976 PhD, Psychological Studies in Education Stanford University
1971 BS, Psychology and Philosophy Iowa State University

Selected Publications
Neumann, A., Pallas, A. M., & Peterson, P. L. (2008). Introduction to the special issue on the campus experience of the Spencer Foundation's Research Training Grant Program. Teachers College Record: 110(4), 1357-1359.

Neumann, A., Pallas, A. M., & Peterson, P. L. (2008). Exploring the investment: four universities' experiences with the Spencer Foundation's Research Training Grant Program; A retrospective. Teachers College Record: 110(4) 1477 - 1503.

Research Interests
Learning and teaching in schools and classrooms, particularly in literacy and mathematics; student and teacher learning in reform contexts; relations among educational research, policy and practice.


SESP 351 Learning Philanthropy: Engaging in the Study and Practice of Giving An aim of this course is to engage students in the study of philanthropy and the practice of giving. The class will bring to this examination a particular set of perspectives emphasizing philanthropic giving intended to improve the lives of children and adults and the opportunities afforded them. Students will be asked to explore their own understandings, values, and philanthropic purposes to decide together wisely, through discussion and deliberation, where, why, and how to contribute grants to people and causes of their choosing.
SESP 398 Honors Thesis (3 units) Students develop,design, implement, and evaluate a research project under a faculty adviserís guidance. Prerequisites: senior status;3.5 cumulative GPA by the end of winter quarter of the junior year; recommendation for the honors program from SESP 391 instructor(s); consent of program director.

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