Meet Our Faculty

Peter Hilton, Ph.D.

Peter HiltonAssociate Professor

Email: hilton@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization

Curriculum Studies, Middle-Level Education, Reading and Teaching and Leadership. Autobiography Education, Action Research, Practitioner Research, Auto-ethnography, Narrative Research and Ethnographic Research.


Peter B. Hilton, Ph. D. from UIC in Curriculum Design; M.A.T., National-Louis University in Teaching and Reading; M.A. from the University of Oregon in Individualized Studies: The American West; and B.A. at San Jose State University's New College in Epistemology.

After Vietnam, I worked in the IOOF Children’s Home in Gilroy, California. I finished undergraduate work at SJS, my last year while living in San Francisco. I spent four years in England as a gardener/caretaker and then moved to Eugene, Ore., where I finished a master’s degree. I relocated to Evanston for graduate work at Northwestern, and began tutoring middle level kids for the One-to-One Learning Center in Wilmette. I switched to National-Louis University to become a teacher while working as youth program director at Onward Neighborhood House in Chicago.

I then began teaching in public school, first in Cicero as a Title I teacher and then in Lincolnwood, as a 6th, 7th and 8th grade reading teacher. After ten years in public school, I came to Saint Xavier University to head the Reading Clinic. I was also foreign student support staff.

While working at Saint Xavier University, I took my Ph.D. work at UIC. I worked full time in the MATL Program while I earned my degree in Curriculum Design. My thesis advisor was William H. Schubert and my thesis was Fictionalized Autobiography as Curriculum: Relationships in the Making of a Teacher Educator. I have taught in the Teacher Leadership Program for the past eighteen years. I also teach in the Graduate Reading Program, secondary education, middle-level education and foundations.

Courses Offered

Selected Publications

“Veterans and the Mercy Mission” (submitted) Proceedings of the Carlow Roundtable.

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, Kridel C. (2010). ( Vol 2, 953 -970). “Appendix: Fundamental Curriculum Questions,” with Leonard, T. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hilton, P. (2008). Autobiography and poetry: A pathway toward curriculum, in Leonard, T. and Willlis, P. (Edts.) Pedagogies of the Imagination: Mythopoetic Curriculum in Educational Practice. London, UK: Springer Science + Business Media B. V.

Hilton, P.B & Thomas, T.P. (Summer, 2008). A scoffing dragon: Ann Lopez Schubert’s Peace and Justice Curriculum, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press.

Lee, E.S., Hilton, P., & Ahrens, C. (Fall, 2007) Program spotlight: Master of arts in teaching and leadership, SXU, CEP in-house, on-line publication Connections.

Selected Honors

Saint Xavier University Award (2013)

Veteran Matters, WXRT Radio Show (I narrated and conducted the interviews) won the Illinois Silver Dome Award (2013)

Madison Who’s Who 2009 – 2012 Cambridge Who’s Who 2011 Lifetime

Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 6th, 9th, and 10th Ed. 2000 – 2006