Sam Stack, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair and Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

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Office: 604F Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-2071


Ph.D. 1990, University of South Carolina
Social Foundations of Education

M.Ed. 1984 University of South Carolina
Secondary Education-Biology

B.A. 1977 Furman University

Research Interests

  • History of American Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • John Dewey Studies


My doctoral degree [PHD] is from the University of South Carolina in Social and Cultural Foundations which I obtained in 1990. I spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at West Virginia University and was eventually hired into a tenure track position. I have taught SCFD 640 History of American Education, SCFD 620 Philosophy of Education, SCFD 600 Sociology of Education, SCFD 781-783 Nature of Inquiry, and occasionally SCFD 700 John Dewey Studies. My research interests focus on the applications of John Dewey’s philosophy in schools, particularly his ideas on community and democracy. This interest has led to the publication of numerous articles and books including Elsie Ripley Clapp: Her Life and the Community School (Peter Lang, 2004), Teachers, Leaders and Schools: Essays by John Dewey (Southern Illinois University,2012) which was awarded a Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association, and The Arthurdale Community School: Education Reform in Depression Era Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

Courses Taught

  • SCFD 620 – Philosophy of Education
  • SCFD 640 – History of American Education
  • SCFD 700 – John Dewey Studies
  • SCFD 781 – Nature of Inquiry 1
  • SCFD 782 – Nature of Inquiry 2
  • SCFD 783 – Nature of Inquiry 3