Kevin S. Zayed is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Program at Bridgewater College. His research interests include the broader history of K-12 schools, higher education, and curriculum reform. More specifically, he focuses on the history of general and liberal education because this is the portion of the curriculum where individuals negotiate, shape, and transmit competing conceptions of culture and citizenship. Dr. Zayed seeks to understand what drives curriculum reform by exploring how underserved populations and minority serving institutions resisted pressure to conform to standardized courses of study and instead constructed representative and relevant curricula.
His research has been featured in journals such as Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, the Journal of General Education, and the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education. Dr. Zayed has more than a decade of experience teaching pre-service teachers, in-service teachers and administrators at the graduate level, and students with other professional trajectories on courses related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, foundations of education, educational policy and law, critical theories and social change, educational psychology, classroom management, urban education, global education, historical and access issues in higher education, and student teacher supervision.
Dr. Zayed will be developing an online course for Global Ed.
Zayed, K.S. (2020). “We felt…that we were talking to old friends”: Catholic and Protestant colleges and their cooperation for curriculum reform. Perspectives on the History of Higher
Education, 33, 118-157.
Zayed, K.S. (2019). Striving for a unity of opposites: The general education movement, vocationalism, and secondary education. In G. Lauzon (Ed.), Educating a working society:
Vocationalism in 20 th century American schooling (pp. 137-155). (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing).
Zayed, K.S. (2019). Archives and the American historical profession. In T. Fitzgerald (Ed.), The international handbook of historical studies in education: Debates, tensions, and directions (pp.
847-862). (New York: Springer).
Zayed, K.S. (2018). “The Art of the Possible”: Exploring the leadership qualities of Ralph W.
Tyler. Journal of Student Leadership, 2, 1-11.
Zayed, K.S. (2013). The paradox of Mortimer J. Adler: Revisiting the distinction between liberal
and general education. Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education, 5, 41–46.
Zayed, K.S. (2012). Reform in the general education movement: The case of Michigan State
College, 1938–1952. Journal of General Education, 61, 141–175.