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Diana Turk

Director of Teacher Education/Vice Chair, Dept of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning


Diana Turk has been a member of the Department of Teaching and Learning's Social Studies Program since 1999 and Director of Teacher Education at NYU since 2016. She is currently Vice Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Co-Director of the NYU Teacher Residency. Diana received her MA and PhD both in American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She brings to her work in teacher education a passion for civic engagement and a commitment to teaching for democratic change. She is a co-author of the forthcoming Learning Through Doing: Project-Based Learning in US History Classrooms (Routledge), as well as co-author of Teaching Recent Global History (Routledge, 2014) and Teaching US History: Dialogues Between Teachers and Historians (Routledge, 2010), and author of Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, 1870-1920 (New York University Press, 2004). She has also written several articles on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching history and social studies

Selected Publications

  • Turk, D. & Berman, S. (winter 2018). Learning through doing: A project based learning approach to the history of the U.S. civil rights movement. Social Education.
  • Dull, L. J. & Turk, D. (2015). No more disrespect: Teaching all students to question right and wrong in history. In P.L. Thomas, P.R. Carr, J. Gorlewski, and B. Porfilio (Eds.), Pedagogies of kindness and respect: On the lives and education of children. Peter Lang USA.
  • Turk, D., Dull, L., Cohen, R., and Stoll, M (2014). Teaching recent global history: Dialogues among historians, social studies teachers, and students. “Transforming Teaching” Series, Routledge Press.
  • Cohen, R., Turk, D., & Berman, S. (2013). Teaching the port huron statement. In T. Hayden, Inspiring participatory democracy: Student movements from port huron to today.
  • Turk, D., Mattson, R., Epstein, T., Cohen, R (Eds). (2010). Teaching U.S. history: Dialogues among teachers and historians. “Transforming Teaching” Series, Routledge Press.
  • Turk, D. (2009). History of sororities. Women in American history: An encyclopedia. Facts On File, Inc.
  • Turk, D., Klein, E., & Dickstein, S. (2007). Mingling ‘fact’ with ‘fiction’: Strategies for integrating literature into history and social studies classrooms. The History Teacher,


Social Studies Education

Gain the skills you need to teach history and the social sciences and develop your research skills in the field of social studies education.

History of Education

This program examines the links between the history of education, philosophy of education, and current issues of research and policy.


Adolescent Learners in Urban Contexts

Emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge of adolescent development to classroom teaching. Strategies for general and special education teachers to meet thecognitive, emotional, and social needs of adolescents in urban contexts. Focus on differentiating instruction to maximize learning opportunities and outcomes for all learners across ethnicity, race, national origin, linguistic competencies, ability status, learning styles, sexual orientation, gender, and social class. Issues of curriculum development, instructional planning, classroom management, and use of technology. Methods for collaboration with parents, teachers, and other professionals.
Course #
TCHL-GE 2515