Bio

T. Philip Nichols, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He holds a Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture, and International Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned an M.A. in History and Sociology of Science. His research brings these fields into conversation, examining the historical and contemporary relationships among technology, school reform, and literacy teaching and learning. He is especially interested in how these convergences are implicated in the struggle for justice and equity in public education. His current research examines: 1) discourses of “innovation” in school reform since the 1960s, 2) the influence of STEM initiatives and emerging technologies on adolescent writing instruction and practice, and 3) the histories and futures of media/digital literacy.

Dr. Nichols is also an affiliated researcher with the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL), where he is part of a multi-institution team studying the implementation of college- and career-readiness standards across Texas, Massachusetts, California, Ohio, and Kentucky. In particular, his work with the project is focused on the challenges and innovations that surface as districts, schools, and teachers adapt to a changing policy environment – especially those related to English language arts, educational technologies, and data use.

Before joining the faculty at Baylor, Dr. Nichols was an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University, where he taught courses in educational technology, digital literacies, sociocultural literacy studies, and adolescent writing instruction. Prior to that, he taught middle and high school English, creative writing, and media studies in Pennsylvania and served as a teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project.

Degrees (3)

Ph.D., Literacy, Culture, and International Education
2018
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

M.A., History & Sociology of Science
2016
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

M.A.Ed., English Education
2010
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA

Select Publications (4)

Making Publics: Mobilizing Audiences in High School Makerspaces

Dr. T. Philip Nichols, assistant professor, published Making Publics: Mobilizing Audiences in High School Makerspaces in Teachers College Record, Vol. 120, Issue 8, 2018, with co-author(s) Dr. Amy Stornaiuolo, University of Pennsylvania.

Mobilizing Public Alternative Schools for Post-Neoliberal Futures: Legacies of Critical Hope in Philadelphia and Toronto

Dr. T. Philip Nichols, assistant professor, published Mobilizing Public Alternative Schools for Post-Neoliberal Futures: Legacies of Critical Hope in Philadelphia and Toronto in Policy Futures in Education, 2018, with co-author(s) Rhiannon Maton, SUNY Cortland.

Posthumanism and Literacy Studies

Dr. T. Philip Nichols, assistant professor, published Posthumanism and Literacy Studies in Language Arts, Vol. 94, Issue 4, p. 245-251, 2017, with co-author(s) Dr. Gerald Campano, University of Pennsylvania.

Learning Analytics as Assemblage: Criticality and Contingency in Online Learning

Dr. T. Philip Nichols, assistant professor, published Learning Analytics as Assemblage: Criticality and Contingency in Online Education in Research in Education, Vol. 98, Issue 1, p. 1-23, 2017, with co-author(s) Dr. John Scott, University of California, Berkeley.

Awards & Honors (1)

National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

Dr. T. Philip Nichols, assistant professor, received the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation, 2017.