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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, Ph. D. from UIC in Curriculum Design; M.A.T., 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, I worked in the IOOF Children’s Home in Gilroy, California. I finished undergraduate work at SJS, my last year while living in San Francisco. I spent four years in England as a gardener/caretaker and then moved to Eugene, Ore., where I finished a master’s degree. I relocated to Evanston for graduate work at Northwestern, and began tutoring middle level kids for the One-to-One Learning Center in Wilmette. I switched to National-Louis University to become a teacher while working as youth program director at Onward Neighborhood House in Chicago.

I 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 ten years in public school, I came to Saint Xavier University to head the Reading Clinic. I was also foreign student support staff.

While working at Saint Xavier University, I took my Ph.D. work at UIC. I worked full time in the MATL Program while I earned my degree in Curriculum Design. My thesis advisor was William H. Schubert and my thesis was Fictionalized Autobiography as Curriculum: Relationships in the Making of a Teacher Educator. I have taught in the Teacher Leadership Program for the past eighteen years. I 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 Roundtable.

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

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

Hilton, P.B & Thomas, T.P. (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.S., Hilton, P., & Ahrens, C. (Fall, 2007) Program spotlight: Master of arts in teaching and leadership, SXU, CEP in-house, on-line publication Connections.

Selected Honors