David J. Roof
David J. Roof
Associate Professor of Educational Studies
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 834

About David J. Roof

Dr. Roof received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he taught courses such as advanced composition and foundations of education. In graduate school Dr. Roof was a co-founder of the Graduate History of Education Society, and served as a Graduate Advisor for the History of Education Society, participating in organization and planning. He received the Community of Scholars Certificate of Achievement in Research, and was the 2005-2006 recipient of the University of Illinois Fellowship. He also earned a certification in Criticism and Interpretive Theory through the English department at the University of Illinois.

After graduation Dr. Roof served the U.S. Department of Education as North Dakota’s external evaluator for Early Reading First. This position required a statewide assessment of the early literacy program reporting to the U.S. Department of Education. He also completed a national study of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities. The report was funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Roof is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Teachers’ College, Ball State University. He has experience working in international settings and has worked extensively in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Roof has conducted research in Afghanistan and Pakistan on education reform, policy, and gender equality. He has published articles on education in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has worked with students and educators from universities in Pakistan since 2012.

Dr. Roof has been an invited keynote speaker at conferences on education and teacher training in Pakistan. In March 2016 with an invitation from the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), for example, he gave the keynote speech at the International Conference on Innovation in Teaching and Learning (ICITL) in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also serves on the editorial board for multiple journals in Pakistan including the Bannu University Research Journal in Education, Pakistan Journal of Education, and the International Journal of Innovation in Teaching and Learning. In addition to international work, Dr. Roof has worked on domestic education policy in the U.S. He worked for 3-years as a consultant for President Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative. He has worked extensively on project evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO programs. He has worked on the DOE’s Strengthening Institutions Program, a Title III program that helps eligible IHEs expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. Dr. Roof serves on the editorial review board for Philosophical Studies in Education.




Foundations, History & Philosophy of Education  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois


New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico


Professional Experience

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
Associate Director, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Grant funded position in research, teaching, and project management

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Teaching Assistant, Educational Policy Studies
Graduate Assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence

Research and Publications

Michael T. Ndemanu and David J. Roof. "Multicultural Education in the Context of Community: Assessing the Impact of Service Learning and Community Engagement in Teacher Education." In Service-Learning Initiatives in Teacher Education Programs, edited by Tynisha Meidl. Washington, DC: IGI Global, 2017.

In Press: Roof, David J., and Michael T. Ndemanu. "Resistance and Reconciliation: The Fight to End School Segregation in the United States and South Africa." In Re-Evaluating the Black Experience in Higher Education in Africa and the United States: Struggles, Survival, and Successes, edited by Ogechi E. Anyanwu and Timothy Forde. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, 2017.

Roof, David J. "Challenges and Opportunities: Community College Development in Afghanistan." In International Handbook on Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts, edited by Rosalind Latiner Raby and Edward Valeau. New York, NY: Springer Publishing, 2017.

Roof, D. J. (2017). Through the looking-glass: How nineteenth century asylums shaped school architecture and notions of intellectual abnormality shaped public education. Policy Futures in Education, 15(Special Issue: Lefebvre's Teachings), 481–494.

Roof, David J., and Sadaf Ali. "Imaginative Geographies and Homeland Insecurity: An American T.V. Drama’s Portrayal of Pakistan and the Discourse of U.S. Security Mechanisms in the Post 9/11 Era." Pakistan Journal of American Studies 34, no. 2. U.S. and Pakistani Perspectives on American Studies: Status and Future Directions (Fall 2017): 55-84.

Roof, David J., Elena Polush, and Philip Boltz. "The Ethics of Critical Inquiry: Parrhesia as a Framework for Critical Inquiry for Education and Research." Critical Questions in Education 8, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 82-100.

Roof, David J. "A Comparison Study of Student Engagement and Interaction in a Traditional College Classroom and Interactive Leaning Space." The Journal of New Horizons in Education, AECT 6, no. 4 (October 2016): 178-86.

Roof, David J., and Elena Polush. "True or False, Process or Procedure: Parrhēsia and a Consideration of Humanism, Subjectivity, and Ethics within Educational Research." Philosophical Studies in Education 47, no. 1 (August 2016): 118-28.

Roof, David J., Ayesha Sadaf, and Roy Weaver. "Educational Technology Skills and Use in Afghanistan: A Study of Faculty in a 2-Year Institute." International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering 6, no. 6 (June 2016): 141-50.

Roof, David J. "Breaking the Silence: A Study of Abuse and Neglect of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities." International Journal of Arts and Humanities 1, no. 1 (2015): 36-48.

Roof, David J. "Day-by-Day: Higher Education in Afghanistan." FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 1, no. 3 (2015): 64-80.

Roof, David J. "Mapping Knowledge: A Survey of U.S. Educational Historiography." Critical Questions in Education 6, no. 2 (2015): 55-74.

Roof, David J. "Problems of Common Interest: The Shaping of Education in Pakistan, 1970-2014." Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences 9, no. 1 (2015): 35-51.

Roof, David J. "Teacher Efficacy and Educational Foundations." The Journal of New Horizons in Education, AECT. Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Janurary 2015). 103-108.

Roof, David J. “The Ethical Domains of Individualism: Nietzsche and Emerson's Pedagogic Vision.” Philosophical Studies in Education. Vol. 45, (2014) 168-178.

Lail, Brian, Sam Dragga, Joseph Williams, Nancy Small, David Roof, and Shirley Lail. "Creating User-Centered Globally Ethical Systems in Engineering." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 32, no. 2 (2013): 59-65.

Roof, David J. "Mediating Thought: Minding the Dissemination & Destination of Thought in Systems of Knowledge." The International Journal of Learning 14, no. 8 (2008): 167-174.

Roof, David J. "The Dawn of Idiocy: Nineteenth Century Tropes and Topologies of Intelligence." Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power Rhetorics of Identity: Place, Race, Sex and the Person, (2005): 1-20.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Doctoral Dissertatio 799 DR1 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Education and Ethics 621 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
The Grant Process an 697 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE