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Peter Hilton

Peter HiltonAssociate Professor


Areas of Specialization

Curriculum studies, middle-level education, reading and teaching and leadership. autobiography education, action research, practitioner research, auto-ethnography, narrative research and ethnographic research.


Peter B. Hilton earned a Ph. D. from University of Illinois at Chicago in Curriculum Design; MAT, National-Louis University in Teaching and Reading; M.A. from the University of Oregon in Individualized Studies: The American West; and B.A. at San Jose State University's New College in Epistemology.

After Vietnam, Hilton worked in a children's home in Gilroy, California. He spent four years in England as a gardener/caretaker and then moved to Eugene, Ore., where he finished a master's degree. Hilton relocated to Evanston for graduate work at Northwestern, and began tutoring middle-level kids for the One-to-One Learning Center in Wilmette. He switched to National-Louis University to become a teacher while working as youth program director at Onward Neighborhood House in Chicago.

Hilton then began teaching in public school, first in Cicero as a Title I teacher and then in Lincolnwood, as a 6th, 7th and 8th grade reading teacher. After 10 years in public school, he joined Saint Xavier University to head the Reading Clinic and work in foreign student support.

While working at Saint Xavier University, he earned a Ph.D. at UIC. Working full time in the MATL program, he earned his degree in Curriculum Design. His thesis was "Fictionalized Autobiography as Curriculum: Relationships in the Making of a Teacher Educator." He taught in the Teacher Leadership Program for the past eighteen years. He also teach in the Graduate Reading program, secondary education, middle-level education and foundations.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Veterans and the Mercy Mission (submitted) Proceedings of the Carlow Round table.

"Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies," Kridel C. (2010). ( Vol 2, 953 -970). "Appendix: Fundamental Curriculum Questions," with Leonard, T. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hilton, Peter (2008). Autobiography and poetry: A pathway toward curriculum, in Leonard, T. and Willis, P. "Pedagogies of the Imagination: Mythopoetic Curriculum in Educational Practice." London, UK: Springer Science + Business Media B. V.

Hilton, Peter & Thomas, T. (Summer, 2008). A scoffing dragon: Ann Lopez Schubert's Peace and Justice Curriculum, "Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy". Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press.

Lee, E., Hilton, Peter & Ahrens, C. (Fall, 2007) Program spotlight: Master of arts in teaching and leadership, SXU, CEP in-house, online publication "Connections."

Selected Honors