University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Anthony Petrosky, Associate Dean

Petrosky Bio

“Our teaching certification program is discipline specific because you need to know the discipline, like math or English, well to teach the discipline well.”
– Tony Petrosky

Anthony Petrosky, Associate Dean

Anthony R. Petrosky, the Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the School of Education and the English Department. Along with Vivian Mihalakis, he co-directs the English Language Arts Disciplinary Literacy Project in the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the Learning Research and Development Center. As a part of this Institute project, he has worked with professional learning and curriculum development in English for school and district leaders in the public schools of Austin, Dallas, Denver, New York City, Fort Worth, Prince George’s County, and Pittsburgh. McConachie and Petrosky are the co-editors of Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning Petrosky, a recent (2010) collection of reports on the IFL Disciplinary Literacy Project, as well as co-authors of chapters in the book.

He was the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Early Adolescence English Language Arts Assessment Development Lab for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards which developed the first national board certification for English teachers. He has also served as Co-Director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. He was a researcher for the MacArthur Foundation funded Higher Literacies Studies, where he was responsible for conducting and writing case studies on literacy efforts in the Denver, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Ruleville and Mound Bayou school districts in the Mississippi Delta.

Petrosky is past Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Committee on Research and a past elected member of the NCTE Research Foundation. His first collection of poetry, Jurgis Petraskas, published by Louisiana State University Press (LSU), received the Walt Whitman Award from Philip Levine for the Academy of American Poets and a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association. Petrosky’s second collection of poetry, Red and Yellow Boat, was published by LSU in 1994, and Crazy Love, his third collection, was published by LSU in the fall of 2003. Along with David Bartholomae, Petrosky is the co-author and co-editor of four books: Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, The Teaching of Writing, Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers, and History and Ethnography: Reading and Writing About Others.

Contact Information

Anthony Petrosky
School of Education
University of Pittsburgh
5609 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

PHONE: 412-624-7252