Dr. Donal Mulcahy

Associate Professor

Office: Tribble B214
Email: mulcahde@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-2451

Dónal Mulcahy’s research focus includes education policy and its impact on both school and society, particularly in the urban context; International comparative education; and the social, economic and political forces influencing school goals and outcomes.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Education
Director, Elementary Education


Ph.D., Urban Education, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2009
M.Phil., in Urban Education, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2007
M.S., in Childhood Education, Brooklyn College, 2004
M.Mus., in Performance, The Hartt School of Music, 1999
B.Mus., University of Connecticut, 1997

EDU 201/707: Educational Policy and Practice
EDU 206: Assessment for Positive Student Outcomes
EDU 304: Social Justice Issues in Education
EDU 296: Elementary Math Methods

Mulcahy, D. E. (2019). “The role of the school principal in educational reform.” In International Journal of Educational Reform (IJER), Rowman and Littlefield,, Vol. 28(2) 151-161.

Mulcahy, D. E. (2018). “Rhetoric over reason: The rhetorical assault on education in the absence of argument and evidence in education discourse.” In Educational Studies, 54(4).

Mulcahy, D. E. (2018). “The Ravitch enigma: Of politics and pedagogy.” In Philosophy, Theory and Foundations of Education, 2018(1) 50-59.

Mulcahy, D. E. (2018). “Teacher autonomy vs accountability and control.” In New England Reading Association Journal, 53(1) 8-12.

Mulcahy C.M., D.E. Mulcahy & D.G. Mulcahy (2015). Discourses on Pedagogy, Praxis and Purpose in Education. Routledge, New York. 250 pages. Hardcover and paperback.

Mulcahy, D.E., D.G Mulcahy & R. Saul (2014). Education in North America. Bloomsbury/Continuum Publishing, London.

“The Hostile Constituency and its Influence on Education Policy” Annual Conference of the Eastern Education Research Association (EERA), Myrtle Beach SC, 2/20-23/2019.

“From the Zones of Non-Being: The Lives of Nancy Gardener Prince and Mary Seacole—Critical Pedagogical Connections,” co-presenter. Border Crossings: Translation, Migration, & Gender in the Americas, the Transatlantic, & the Transpacific, co-presenter. Society for the Study of American Women Writers (ssaww) Bi-annual Meeting. Universite Bordeaux Montainge, France. 7/5-8/2017.

“Ignoring Practice: The shaping of United States Education Policy Despite the Education Community.” Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 37th Annual Conference. University College Cork, Ireland. 4/20-22/2017.

“Undoing Democratic Systems with the ‘Free Market’ of School Reform,” 61st Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society. Appalachian State University, 2/16 -17/ 2017.

“The Fordham Institute and the Future of the Teaching Profession.” Public Scholarship to education Diverse Democracies. 2016 Annual meeting, American Educational Research Association (AERA). Washington D.C. 4/8-12/16.