Wayne Au, Ph.D.
Interim Dean & Professor
- Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum Theory major, Education Policy Studies minor), University of Wisconsin
- M.I.T., Washington State Teaching Certification in Social Studies, Economics, and Language Arts, The Evergreen State College
- B.A., Liberal Studies, The Evergreen State College
Dr. Au’s academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for social justice. More specifically his research focuses on educational equity, high-stakes testing, curriculum theory, educational policy studies and social studies education.
- B EDUC 205 Education and Equity in the U.S.
- B EDUC 431 Secondary Education Social Studies & English Language Arts Methods
- B EDUC 550 Critical Pedagogy
- B EDUC 580 Critical Education Policy Studies
- Editorial Board Member – Rethinking Schools
- National Council for the Social Studies
- Washington State Council for the Social Studies
- American Educational Research Association
- American Educational Studies Association
- National Association of Multicultural Education
- Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Human Development Education, University of Hong Kong
- Assistant Professor, Curriculum Studies, Educational Research, Multicultural Education, Department of Secondary Education, California State University, Fullerton
- Student Teacher Clinical Supervisor, Secondary Social Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher, Berkeley High School, Berkeley Unified Schools, Berkeley, CA
- Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher, Garfield High School, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA
- Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher, and Head Teacher, Middle College High School – South Seattle Community College, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA
- Practitioner in Residence, Women’s Center for Intercultural Studies, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
- History Teacher, Upward Bound, South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
- Tutor/Counselor, Residence Manager, Dorm Director, Teacher, Upward Bound, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Honors & Awards
- 2019, Distinguished K-12 Educational Leader Award, The Evergreen State College Master in Teaching Program. Olympia, WA.
- 2019, INDIES book of the Year Awards Winner – Foreword INDIES Gold Winner. Rethinking Ethnic Studies (Cuauhtin, T., Zavala, M., Sleeter, C., & Au, W., eds.)
- 2019, Skipping Stones Honors Award. Teaching for Black Lives (Watson, D., Hagopian, J., & Au, W. eds.)
- 2017, Critics’ Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association. For co-authored book, Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum (with A. Brown & D. Calderon). Award November 4, 2017, Pittsburgh.
- 2017, William H. Watkins Award for Scholar Activism, Society of Professors of Education. Awarded April 29, 2017, San Antonio.
- 2015, Distinguished Teaching Award, UW Bothell. University of Washington system-wide award for excellence in Teaching.
- Au, W. & Hagopian J. (2021). Bomb threats and Black Lives Matter at school: Teaching and organizing against white supremacy in K-12 education. In, R. Verma & M. Apple (eds.), Disrupting hate in education: Teacher activists, democracy, and global pedagogies of interruption (pp. 76-92). Routledge: New York.
- Au, W. (2021) Testing for whiteness: How high-stakes, standardized tests promote racism, undercut diversity, and undermine multicultural education. In, H. P. Baptiste & J. H. Writer (eds.), Evolution of Multicultural Education: 21st Century (pp. 99-113). Taylor Francis: New York.
- Au, W. (2020). California vetoed ethnic studies requirements for public high school students, but the movement grows. The Conversation. November 25, 2020 (re-published across over 2 dozen news outlets).
- Au, W. (2020, October 27). High-stakes testing, standardization, and inequality in the united states. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press.
- Au, W. & Hagopian, J. (2020). How one elementary school sparked a movement to make Black students’ live matter. In, D. Jones & J. Hagopian (eds.), Black lives matter at school: An uprising for educational justice (pp. 33-38). Haymarket Books: Chicago.
- Au, W. (2020). High-stakes testing: A tool for white supremacy for 100 years. In E. Mayorga, U. Aggarwal, & B. Picower & (eds.), What’s race got to do with it?: How current school reform policy maintains racial and economic inequality (Revised 2nd edition, pp. 13-36). Peter Lang: New York.
- Hodge, E., Childs, J., & Au, W. (Eds.) (2020). Researching 21st Century Education Policy Through Social Network Analysis. Special issue of the Education policy analysis archives.
- Hodge, E., Childs, J., & Au, W. (2020). Power, brokers, and agendas: New directions for the use of social network analysis in education policy. Education policy analysis archives.
- Au, W. (2019). Racial justice is not a choice: White supremacy, high-stakes testing, and the punishment of Black and Brown children. Rethinking Schools, 33(4).
- Zavala, M., Cuahatin, T., Sleeter, C., & Au, W. (Eds.) (2019). Rethinking Ethnic Studies. Rethinking Schools: Milwaukee, WI.
- Hagopian, J., Watson, D., & Au, W. (Eds.) (2018). Teaching for Black lives. Rethinking Schools: Milwaukee, WI.
- Au, W. (2018) A Marxist education: Learning to change the world. Haymarket Books.
- Au, W. (2018). The socialist case against the SAT. Jacobin. April, 14, 2018.
- Au, W. (2017). Neoliberalism and teacher education: The contradiction and the dilemma. Teacher Education and Practice, 30(2). 283-286.
- Au, W. (2017). The dialectical materialism of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy. ReflexÃ£o e AÃ§Ã£o, 25(2). DOI:
- Au, W. (2017). When multicultural education is not enough. Multicultural Perspectives, 19(3), 147-150.
- Au, W., Brown, A., & Calderon, D. (2016). Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum: Communities of Color and Official Knowledge in Education. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Au, W. (2016). Techies, the Tea Party, and Race to the Top: The rise of the new upper middle class and tensions in the rightist politics of federal education reform. The Educational Forum, 80(1), 208-224.
- Au, W. (2016). Meritocracy 2.0: High-stakes, standardized testing as a racial project of neoliberal multiculturalism. Education Policy, 30(1). 39-62
Selected Media Interviews
- “Wayne Au to lead diversity initiatives”
- “Wayne Au book influencing educators on race”
- Featured in Evergreen Magazine “Teaching to Change the World”
- Eve Ewing interviewed by Wayne Au
- Au, W. (2019). Learning to change the world: Interview with Wayne Au (French). Les Cahiers de Pedagogies Radicales (1). September 2019.
- Au, W. (2018) Interview for Loud and Clear: Education for Liberation. July 23, 2018.