Walter S. Gershon is an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies; LGBTQ Affiliate Faculty; and served as Provost Associate Faculty for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2014-2017) at Kent State University. His scholarly interests focus on questions of justice about the ways in which young people make sense, the sociocultural processes that inform their everyday sense-making, and the qualitative methods used to study those processes. In addition to multiple book chapters and articles in such journals as Cultural Studies<-->Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Sonic Studies, and Critical Studies of Education, Dr. Gershon is guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing on Sensual Curriculum (2011) and lead/founding editor of the International Journal of Curriculum & Social Justice. He is the author of an edited book The Collaborative Turn: Working Together in Qualitative Research (2009, Sense) and two recently published books: Curriculum and Students in Classrooms: Everyday Urban Education in an Era of Standardization (2017) in Lexington Press’ series, Race and Education in the 21st Century, and Sound Curriculum: Sonic Studies in Educational Theory, Method, and Practice (2017) in Routledge’s Studies in Curriculum Theory series. Forthcoming publications include contributions to special issues on qualitative research, an edited book at the intersection of education and the politics of the senses, and a co-edited special issue of Educational Studies on educational foundations and the sonic. Prior to his time in higher education, Walter taught in city schools in the United States and in rural and urban contexts in Japan.
- 2018 Outstanding Book Award Winner, Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association
- Author of Curriculum and Students in Classrooms: Everyday Urban Education in an Era of Standardization (Race and Education in the Twenty-First Century), 2017
- Author of Sound Curriculum: Sonic Studies in Educational Theory, Method, & Practice (Studies in Curriculum Theory Series), 2017
- Founding Editor of International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice
- 2007 Outstanding Theory Award from the Narrative Research Special Interest Group (SIG)
- 2013 Early Career Award from the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG of the AERA