Joseph Onosko

Affiliate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3495
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 105B, Durham, NH 03824
Joseph Onosko

My professional career in education began as a high school social studies teacher in Wisconsin. After completing my Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, I was hired by UNH in 1989 to head up the social studies portion of the Education Department's teacher preparation program. My research interests include issues in the field of social studies education, but also broad school reform issues around curriculum, instruction, productive forms of teacher accountability, teacher tenure, and the damaging effects of school privatization. For more than three decades I’ve observed and worked with hundreds of K-12 teachers (primarily secondary) in ten states and dozens of schools. Until recently (when federal funding ended), I co-directed a ten-year, 2.6-million-dollar professional development project, “History in Perspective,” for middle and high school U.S. history and other humanities teachers in New Hampshire and Maine. My current focus is on promoting state and national policies that move us toward greater equality of educational opportunity for all students. As a teacher educator my overarching goal (and passion) has always been to create more thoughtful school and classroom learning environments that help students develop a life of the mind spanning both personal interests and democratic duties.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests

  • Approaches to school reform
  • Curriculum theory and design
  • Social studies education

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 444B: Active Citizenship
  • EDUC 500: Exploring Teaching
  • EDUC 500/935A: Exploring Teaching
  • EDUC 703C: Classroom Management
  • EDUC 703D/803D: Soc Stdies Methds/Mid&HS Tchrs
  • EDUC 803C: Classroom Management
  • EDUC 935A: Seminar & Practicum Teaching
  • EDUC 959: Issues in Education

Selected Publications

DeMitchell, T., & Onosko, J. (2012). HB 542 and Parental Control: “Shredding” the Public School Curriculum. In Policy Brief #12-01. Education Department, University of New Hampshire.

DeMitchell, T., Onosko, J., & Paige, M. (2012). Amending the New Hampshire Constitution (CACR 12): Education Will No Longer Be Fundamental to the Citizens of New Hampshire. In Policy Brief #12-02. Education Department, University of New Hampshire.


Onosko, J. J. (1990). Comparing teachers’ instruction to promote students’ thinking. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 22(5), 443-461. doi:10.1080/0022027900220503

Most Cited Publications