Welcome Diana Turk, Director of Teacher Education

Professor Diana Turk

Professor Diana Turk


The Brandeis Education Program is happy to announce the addition of Dr. Diana B. Turk as the director of our teacher preparation programs, both undergraduate and graduate.  After receiving her B.A. in American Studies at Hamilton College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.  Dr. Turk has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, where she served as the Program Director of Social Studies Education. 

Dr. Turk is the author of Bound by a mighty vow:  Sisterhood and women’s fraternities, 1870-1920, and co-author of Teaching U.S. history:  Dialogues among teachers and historians and the forthcoming Teaching Recent Global History: Dialogues among historians, teachers, and students.  Dr. Turk’s scholarship centers on helping teachers to teach history in ways that are innovative, student-centered, and rigorous, and inspire students to use their voices towards democratic ends.  In addition to earning teaching awards, she has been a Principal Investigator on several funded projects and a member of the U.S. History Standing Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  

Dr. Turk’s commitment to teaching for social justice is central in both her undergraduate and graduate classes, in which she stresses teachers’ moral imperatives to find ways to reach, motivate, and teach each and every student.  We look forward to her challenging each of us who want to create classrooms as vehicles for social change.