Professor of Art & Design Education
Heather Lewis is Professor of Art and Design Education. Her historical research explores urban social movements and institutional reform in New York City. Her book, New York City Public Schools from Brownsville to Bloomberg: The Community Control Movement and its Legacy (2013), explores the history of grassroots organizing for educational justice in underserved communities. She teaches an ongoing public history course, Beyond and Between Pratt’s Gates, focused on silenced histories of activism through oral history and archival research. Lewis founded and directed Assessment for Learning which supports cross-disciplinary faculty learning communities devoted to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). She serves as Pratt’s Faculty Director for Program and Learning Outcomes and co-leads the assessment group for Pratt’s Middle States accreditation. She is also co-Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded project, Exploring Transdisciplinary Approaches to STEM Teaching and Learning. She has published and presented her work on teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education journals and conferences. Heather is part of an interdisciplinary, public history project launched through a Pratt strategic planning grant and sustained by faculty, administrators, and students in the schools of Architecture, Art, and Design. The project is committed to research (archival and oral history) and public engagement about the history of social activism beyond and between Pratt's gates.
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