Professor Judith Pace

Judith (Judy) L. Pace

Professor, Teacher Education

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-5189 Education (ED) 215


Judy Pace came to USF after teaching K-12; working on PBL, portfolio assessment, teaching for understanding, and school reform at Project Zero; and earning her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In TED her courses include Learning and Teaching, Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Curriculum Currents and Controversies, and Curriculum Development and Design. She has also taught Qualitative Research and Sociology of Education in the EdD program in the School of Education. She aims to prepare educators with conceptual and practical tools to create constructivist, transformative, and equitable learning experiences that promote critical and democratic habits of mind, deep understanding, and civic agency.

A qualitative researcher, she is fascinated by classroom teaching and how it is shaped by teachers, students, schools, and society. Her research has focused on classroom authority and academic engagement, teaching for democratic citizenship, social studies teaching under high-stakes accountability, and preparation of preservice teachers for teaching controversial issues. Her new book is Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues (Rowman & Littlefield). She is the author of The Charged Classroom: Predicaments and Possibilities for Democratic Teaching (Routledge), and co-editor of Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times (SUNY) and Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge).

Visiting Scholar, 2016–2017
Teacher Education Department Chair, 2013–2016
Coordinator of MAT master's courses, 2012–present
EdD, Harvard University
CAS, Harvard University
MEd, Lesley College
BA, Brandeis University
K-12 Teacher in special education and progressive settings in the Boston area
Researcher and developer, Harvard Project Zero
Teacher education
Social studies education
Teaching controversial issues and contested history
Classroom relationships, curriculum, and teaching in the sociopolitical contexts of schooling
Selected Publications

Pace, J. L. (2021). Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Pace, J. L. (2019). Contained risk-taking: Preparing pre-service teachers to teach controversial issues in three countries. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47.

Pace, J. L. (2015). The Charged Classroom: Predicaments and Possibilities for Democratic Teaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Bixby J. & Pace, J. L. (Eds.). (2008). Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times: Qualitative Studies of Current Efforts. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Pace, J. L. & Hemmings, A. (Eds.). (2006). Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York, NY: Routledge.

Awards & Distinctions

Spencer Foundation Research Communications Grant, 2021

Spencer Foundation Research Grant, 2016-2017

Jesuit Foundation Research Grant, University of San Francisco, 2004 – 2005

Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1995- 1998