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Michael Hess

Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
Educational Studies
McCracken Hall 302R

Dr. Michael Hess holds the B.A. in Social Sciences from Shawnee State University and the M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, with the Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Ohio University Dr. Hess teaches courses in the Critical Studies in Educational Foundations program. He also directs The Patton College of Education Undergraduate Honors Programs. His major research interests include social justice, rural Appalachia, democratic leadership, place-based education, qualitative research methodologies and international service learning.


Hess, M. E. (2017). A “creatively maladjusted” teacher responds to neoconservative educational expectations: A case of democratic educational truth. In A. Walker, C. Lowery, C. Thomas (Eds.), Quantum realities: Educational truth telling in an era of alternative facts(pp. 43-57). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Hess, M. E. (2017). Realities of teaching from a democratic place: A teacher’s liberation. In A. Walker, C. Lowery, C. Thomas (Eds.),Quantum realities: Educational truth telling in an era of alternative facts (pp. 109-122). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Lowery, C. L., Gautam, C., Hess, M. E., & Mays, C. D. (2017). Rural superintendents as political agents: Grassroots advocacy in Appalachian districts of southeast Ohio. Journal of Research Initiatives, (3)1, art. 4.

Hess, M. E. (2016). Democracy denied: Public education’s most immoral act. In C. Lowery, A. Walker & C. Thomas (Eds.), Un-democratic acts: New departures in society and schools (pp. 61-75). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publications.

Casapulla, S., & Hess, M. E. (2016). Engagement education: A model of community—youth engagement in rural Appalachia. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 9(2) 42-52.

Hess, M. E., Johnson, J. D., & Reynolds, S. (2014). “A developmental model for educational planning: Democratic rationalities and dispositions.” International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 9(1) 48-57.

Mather, P. C. & Hess, M. E. (2013). Promoting Positive Leadership. In P. Mather & E. Humle (Eds.), Positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in student affairs. New Directions for Student Affairs, n. 143, Fall 2013. San Francisco: CA. Jossey-Bass.

Hess, M. E., & Johnson, J. D. (2010). Teacher perceptions of administrative support for democratic practice: Implications for leadership and planning. Academic Leadership, 8(2), 1-16.

Johnson, J., Hess, M., Larson, W., & Wise, J. (2010). Capital ideas: Understanding various forms of capital and their implications for the work of educational leaders. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(2), 1-9.

Johnson, J. D., & Hess, M. E. (2010). Cultivating a space for democratic education and democratic leadership. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 5(4), 1-10.