Jerome T. Murphy Professor in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Heather Hill’s work centers on identifying key elements of teachers’ professional knowledge and practice, developing tools to measure these elements, and using those tools to evaluate public policies and programs. Professor Hill earned a B.S. degree in political science from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. (2000) in political science from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty in 2007, she was a research scientist and assistant professor at U-M’s School of Education. Between 2000 and 2010, she collaborated with colleagues on a tool to assess instructors’ knowledge of the mathematics they teach as well as an observational instrument to evaluate the quality of mathematics instruction in classrooms. Online training and administration websites hosted by Michigan and Harvard have made these tools widely available to researchers, evaluators, and policymakers. While at Michigan, she also coauthored Learning Policy: When State Education Reform Works (2001) with David K. Cohen, the John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education and professor of education and of public policy. At Harvard, Professor Hill’s research spans teacher professional development, large-scale teacher evaluation, and mathematics teaching quality. She currently is completing a national video survey of middle school mathematics classrooms and, with colleagues, has developed a mathematics-focused teacher coaching program used in New York City and Maryland schools. Professor Hill serves on the American Educational Research Association grants board, on the editorial boards of several journals, and as an adviser to numerous research projects and policy efforts in both the United States and abroad.
For her contributions to educational policy and the teaching of mathematics, the University of Michigan presents to Heather Hill its Bicentennial Alumni Award.