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Tim Dohrer


Dr. Timothy Dohrer has worked in a variety roles in education for over 20 years. For many of those years, he was an English and journalism teacher at New Trier High School. During his years at New Trier, Dr. Dohrer served as a student advisor, coach, club sponsor, and chair of many school-based committees and initiatives. In 2000, he was named English Department Coordinator and went on to serve as Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator and Director of Academic Services for the district. In 2008, Dr. Dohrer was named Principal of the Winnetka Campus, which serves over 3000 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Dr. Dohrer has also taught at several universities, including Penn State, Northeastern Illinois, and Northwestern. In 2013, Dr. Dohrer was named Director of the Masters of Science in Education program in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His major areas of research include literacy, school climate, curriculum theory, educational history, teacher education, and leadership. He has B.A.’s in English and Journalism from Indiana University, an M.A. in English from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. He and his wife Stephanie have two daughters and reside in Northfield, Illinois.

Dohrer, T. (2012). “Partnering with Students, Staff, and Parents to Improve SEL.” Advances in SEL Research. AERA Social and Emotional Learning SIG.

Dohrer, T. (Ed.). (2001). “Best Practices in Curriculum Integration.” Guest Editor for English Leadership Quarterly.

Dohrer, T.  (1998). “A Textbook for Everyone: Balancing Canons and Culture in English Textbooks.”  In J. Kincheloe & S. Steinberg (Eds.), Unauthorized Methods: Strategies for Critical Teaching. New York: Routledge.
Social & Emotional Learning, Literacy in the Content Areas, Overcoming Writer’s Block