Faculty and Staff

Djanna Hill

Professor • Department of Teacher Ed: PreK-12

Dr. Djanna Hill is chairperson of the Department of Community and Social Justice Studies and professor of teacher education at William Paterson University. Her work convenes at the intersection of science education, teacher preparation, and social justice. Professor Hill's latest co-authored book, Star Teachers of Children in Poverty, 2nd ed (Routledge), brings an awareness of teacher dispositions and educational politics to the forefront when preparing teachers for diverse classrooms. Dr. Hill’s teaching experiences in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY provide a backdrop for her advocacy. Her professional interests include STEM, anti-racist and culturally relevant pedagogy, and diversifying the teacher workforce. Dr. Hill is an active community volunteer.

Professional Interests

Cultural relevance and cultural responsiveness in education, inquiry-based STEM education, teacher education, mentoring


EdD Urban and Multicultural Education, Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY

MEd Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY

MA Secondary Biology, Elms College Chicopee, MA

BS Microbiology, Howard University Washington, DC


Multicultural Education, Womanist/Black Feminist Theory, Teacher Preparation for Urban Contexts, Science Teacher Education, Portraiture Research

Representative Publications

Star teachers of children in poverty, 2nd edition; Routledge; 2018

Constructivist and multicultural science: Methods, labs, and teaching tools for K-8 Classrooms, 2nd edition; Pearson; 2013

Teaching as political: Theoretical perspectives for understanding the grow your own movement; In Skinner, E., Garreton, M. and Schultz, B. (Eds.), Grow your own teachers: Grassroots change for teacher education; TC Press; 2011

Dismantling the master’s house: A call for womanism, herstory and the power of black women teacher educators; In T. Huber-Warring (Ed.), Storied inquires in international landscapes: An anthology of educational research; IAP; 2010

Exploring current notions of education that is multicultural; Multicultural Perspectives; Volume 11, 2009

Representative Presentations

Exploring the Experiences and Pedagogical Practices of Science and Math Teachers with an Eye Toward Social Justice
Northeast Association for Science Teacher Educators ASTE
Burlington, VT 2019

Exploring the Future of Black Studies: Creating a Science and Technology Track
National Council for Black Studies Annual Meeting National Council for Black Studies
New Orleans , LA 2019

Equity, Justice and Education: From Woodson to Star Teachers
Elms College 2019 Black Issues Summit Elms College
Chicopee, MA 2019

Homegrown Community Teachers: Exploring the Experiences of Teachers in a Grow Your Own Program
Kappa Delta Pi 51st Biennial Convocation
Pittsburg, PA 2017

Fighting for Justice in Classrooms & Communities: The Intersections of Globalization, Youth Action and Teacher Preparation.
Taller Internacional Nueva Ciencia Política o Ciencia Política Desde El Sur y Coloquio sobre Filosofí University of Havana
Havana, Cuba, 2015

Awards and Honors

The WPUNJ College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Award for Group Project Excellence
WPUNJ College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award
Township of Bloomfield, NJ

Woman of Vision Award
William Paterson University

The United States President's Volunteer Service Award
Corporation for National and Community Service

William Paterson University African Heritage Celebration Committee


Family Circle Magazine interview - Classroom confidential by L. Pepper

Public Radio Interview on Race and Teaching

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Mathematics and Computer Science (MaCS) Scholarships

National Science Foundation - Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Phase II (STEM4ED)

Fulbright-Hays: The US-NJ-India Project at WPU - Exploring Possibilities and Challenges of Multiculturalism and Globalization in India

Paterson Teachers for Tomorrow (A Grow-Your-Own Teacher Preparation Program)

NJ Department of Education - Improving Teacher Quality Partnership Grants – Technology in Math and English/Language Arts – On TIME

Notable Courses Taught

Art of Teaching in the 21st Century (SMAT 5100)
Herstory: The Black Woman Experience (AWS/WGS 2550)
Knowing Your Profession I and II (Thesis Research I and II - SMAT 5200/SMAT 5220)

Inquiring Minds: Teaching Math and Science in K-8 Classrooms (CIEE 5990)
Schools as Institutions and Communities (CISE 3350)
Secondary Science Methods: Content and Pedagogy (CISE 4170/SMAT 5500)

Student Community Service (AWS 2980)

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