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Julia Heffernan

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Office Location: 
124H Lokey Education
Master's Degree Programs Director / Lecturer
B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1990
M.Ed., University of Oregon, 2005
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2010

Julia Heffernan, Ph.D., taught middle and high school social studies and language arts for eight years and was an education administrator for another eight years before beginning an academic career in education studies. Heffernan is the Graduate Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the teacher licensing program UOTeach.  She has been teaching future teachers about the social context of schooling for seven years.

Heffernan's primary research interests are in gender and sexuality studies in education through the lens of post-structural feminist theory and queer theory. Her research considers sexual orientation and gender identity in curriculum, classrooms and larger educational settings. 

In 2010 Heffernan developed UOTeachOUT an annual education studies conference on gender identity and sexual orientation issues in education. This conference is now entering it's sixth year as an extension of her course Education as Homophobia.  More information can be found at

  • In 2013 the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) awarded her and this annual conference with the Richard E. Walker award.  Heffernan is currently on the board of OSSCC.
  • In 2014 and again in 2016 Heffernan was awarded the College of Education Diversity Award for service to the college by advancing work in the area of diversity.
  • In 2015 Heffernan was awarded the Horizon Alumni Award.

Heffernan, J. and Gutierez-Schmich, T. (2018) The 2017 State of Safe Schools Report: Sticks and Stones | Persistent Unsafe Conditions for LGBT Youth in Oregon Schools.  Portland, OR.: OSSCC

Heffernan, J. and Gutierez-Schmich, T.  (2017) The 2016 State of Safe Schools Report: Deliberate Practices for a Safe and Inclusive School Climate in Oregon.  Portland, OR.: OSSCC

Gutierez-Schmich, Tina and Heffernan, J. (2015) Public Pedagogy in Rodriguez, N. et al.  (eds.), Queer Studies and Education: Critical Concepts for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Heffernan, Julia and Gutierez-Schmich, T. (2014) We Recruit: A Queer Pedagogy for Teacher Educators. Chapter 12 in Voices of LGBTQ Students and Teachers: Changing the Culture of Schooling, Anna Wilson and Veronica Bloomfield, Ed.

Heffernan, Julia. (2010). The Sound of Silence: Educators managing and reproducing heteronormativity in middle schools (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from UO Scholars Bank Database. (URI

Rosiek, Schmitke, and Heffernan.  (2017) Queering Teacher Education Curriculum: A Case Study of Lessons Learned in the Transformation of a Teacher Education Program.  Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue: Volume 19, Numbers 1 & 2.

Rosiek, Jerry and Heffernan, J. (2014) Can’t Code What the Community Can’t See: A Case of the Erasure of Gendered Harassment. Qualitative Inquiry: Special Issue Analysis After Coding.