Shieh, Eric Y. (eys2108)

Eric Y Shieh

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office Location:

520 HMann

Educational Background

Ed.D, Interdisciplinary Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University; Ed.M. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University; B.M. Music Education, University of Michigan; B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Scholarly Interests

Teacher and school policymaking; teacher research and activism; school change; music and arts education philosophy and policy; critical and postcolonial policy studies.

Selected Publications

  • Shieh, E., Thomas, D. D., & McBride, N. R. (in press). “An invitation to discuss”: Letters in search of gay aesthetics. In N. R. McBride & C. Sears (eds.), The Oxford handbook of gender and queer studies in music education. Oxford University Press.

  • Shieh, E. (2023). How teachers see policy: School context, teacher inquiry, and policy visibility. Journal of Education Policy, 38(1), 166-188.
  • Shieh, E. (2023). Shieh, E. “I don’t want to be helpless”: Learning policymaking with teachers. Arts Education Policy Review, 124(1), 13-26.
  • Shieh, E. (2020). Making practice into policy: Bridging, buffering, and building in our schools. Music Educators Journal, 107(1), 31-36.
  • Shieh, E. (2016). After Eric Garner: Invoking the Black radical tradition in practice and in theory #BlackLivesMatter. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 15(2), 126–45.
  • Shieh, E. (2016). Relationship, rescue, and culture: How El Sistema might work. In C. Benedict, P. Schmidt, G. Spruce, & P. Woodford (eds.), The Oxford handbook of social justice in music education (pp. 567-581). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Shieh, E. (2012). Can music professional associations build capacity for curricular renewal? Arts Education Policy Review, 113(2), 55-67.
  • Allsup, R. E. & Shieh, E. (2012). Social justice and music education: The call for a public pedagogy. Music Educators Journal, 98(4), 47-51.
  • Shieh, E. (2010). On punishment and music education: Toward a practice for prisons and schools. International Journal of Community Music, 3(1), 19-32.
  • Shieh, E. & Conway, C. (2005). Professional induction: Programs and policies for beginning music teachers. In L. Bartel (ed.), Questioning the music education paradigm (pp. 162-178). Toronto: Canadian Music Educators Association.

Eric Shieh is a school designer for New York City Outward Bound Schools, where he leads the development of progressive and equity-driven practices across a diverse portfolio of NYC schools and designs citywide professional learning for teachers and leaders.

An education innovator, Eric was a founding teacher and leader at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, “A School for a Sustainable City,” in Queens, including hosting national site seminars there on school culture and interdisciplinary curriculum design. Additionally, he has served as an assessment policy strategist for the New York City Department of Education. He founded and led writing and music programs in prisons across Michigan and Missouri. He is a National Associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project.

His research and practice focus on the work of teachers and schools in education policy, school change, and policy intersections with equity and arts education. Eric also regularly contributes to The Hechinger Report and The Washington Post on education policy.

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