About the TLL Department

Our Purposes

Our shared purposes are to:

  • Support the self-determination of peoples to practice knowledge traditions
  • Join in global efforts of collective educational liberation
  • Contribute to societal transformation toward freedom through our full range of educational endeavors
  • Cultivate rigorous intellectual praxis in educators

Our Principles

Our shared principles are:

  • Reciprocal and just relationality
  • Common cause and collective responsibility
  • Freedom through practice of knowledge traditions
  • Refusal of systems and structures of domination

Our Commitments

We are committed to:

  • Bold, collective study toward liberation
  • Struggling together in the internal tensions of freedom work
  • Learning, recovering, and recentering knowledge traditions historically excluded from our field
  • Collectively imagining and practicing free alternatives and futures Collaboratively cultivating freedom and justice in praxis

Our Praxes

Our shared praxes are:

  • Lifting up, studying, growing, and working across multiple liberatory knowledge and epistemic traditions
  • Building community through dialecticism, dialogism, and difference
  • Centering freedom stories and storytelling
  • Prioritizing the obligations of purposes, principles, and commitments
  • Embracing action and activism

Signature TLL Initiatives

The TLL Department offers students across our programs and community partners the opportunity to learn about justice and freedom in curriculum work. Held in the spring term, the annual event features keynote speakers, student presentations, and roundtable discussions.

Each academic year, the TLL Department hosts a faculty colloquium series in which our faculty give a presentation on urgent topics in teaching, learning, and leading. The series is open to all students, faculty, and staff within our department.

Collaborations and Partnerships

Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity

Provides evaluation and assessment services for organizations, agencies, and programs involved with children and youth.

visit ceac

Falk Laboratory School

K-8 campus laboratory school affiliated with the Pitt School of Education.

visit falk

Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents

Provides professional development experiences for school leaders in our region.

visit the forum

PittEd Justice Collective

Engages in anti-racist, justice-directed initiatives with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners.

visit justice collective

Tri-State Area School Study Council

Improves educational opportunities for children by strengthening school organization and administration.


TLL Leadership

Cassie Quigley (Chair)

Tinukwa Boulder (Associate Chair)

Emily Rainey (Associate Chair)


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TLL Faculty Resource Center

Visit the TLL Faculty Center for a centralized hub of resources related to teaching, research, academic affairs, and more.

**The resources are on a secure website and are available only to faculty**

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