Sam Stack, PhD
Interim Department Chairperson
Professor, Philosophy and History of Education
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies
Dr. Sam Stack earned his doctoral degree (Ph.D) from the University of South Carolina in Social and Cultural Foundations in 1990. He then spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at West Virginia University and was eventually hired into a tenure track position. Dr. Stack has 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. His 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).