Key Professional Appointments

Co-DirectorERIC, Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 2000 - present

Professor EmeritaElementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1999 - present

ProfessorEarly Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1973 - present

DirectorERIC, Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1970 - 2000

ChairmanElementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1979 - 1981

Associate ProfessorEarly Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1970 - 1973

Assistant ProfessorEarly Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1968 - 1970


Ph.D., Honorary, Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden, 2000

Doctor of Letters, Honorary, Whittier College, Whittier, California, 1993

Ph.D., School Education (Psychological Studies), Stanford University, 1968

Research Fellow, Human Development, Stanford University, 1968

B.A., Social Science, San Francisco State College, 1964

Research & Service

My past research has focused on developmental stages of teachers; mixed-age grouping; teacher-parent relations; teacher education; self-esteem vs. narcissism; gender differences and pedagogy; and dispositions, their development and assessment.

My current research projects include project approach implementation and issues in mixed-age grouping.


Helm, J., & Katz, L. (2001) Young investigators: The project approach in the early years.. Teachers College Press: New York

Katz, L. (2001) Last class notes Kindergarten education: Theory, research and practice 6 (1), 35-40

Katz, L., & Chard, S. (2000) Engaging children's minds: The project approach Ablex Publishing Corporation: Norwood, NJ

Katz, L. (1998) What can we learn from Reggio Emilia?. The hundred languages of children: The Reggio Emilia approach: Advanced reflections Ablex: Norwood, NJ

Katz, L. (1995) Talks with teachers of young children: A collection.. Ablex Publishing: Norwood, NJ

Katz, L., Evangelou, D., & Hartman, J. (1990) The case for mixed-age grouping in the early years.. National Association for the Education of Young Children: Washington, DC

Katz, L., & Chard, S. (1989) Engaging children's minds: The project approach.. Ablex Publishing: Norwood, NJ


Principal InvestigatorEarly Childhood Research & Practice: A Proposal to Fund a Transition & Expansion Year of the First Bilingual Peer-Reviewed, Internet-Only, Early Childhood Education Journal, Bernard van Leer Foundation, 2004 - 2004

Principal InvestigatorThe Rearview Mirror Video Project: Engaging Young Children’s Minds: A Proposal to Prepare a Video Tape for Distribution to Early Childhood Educators, U.S. Department of Education (Foundation for Child Development), 2003 - 2003

Principal InvestigatorERIC/EECE Subcontract with Collins Management Consulting, Inc, U.S. Department of Education (Collins Management Consulting, Inc.), 2001 - 2001

Co-Principal InvestigatorCulturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, Early Childhood Research Institute, U.S. Department of Education, 2002 - 0


MemberNational Research Council Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy, National Research Council, 1999 - 2001

MemberPanel for "Eager to Learn" early childhood research review, National Research Council, 1998 - 2000

EditorEarly Childhood Research & Practice, 1999 - present

Editorial Board MemberEditorial Board,, The Children's Society UK, 1998 - present

Appointed MemberNew Standards Panel, National Center on Education and the Economy, 1997 - present

ChairEditorial Board, International Journal of Early Years Education, 1997 - present

Editor in ChiefEarly Childhood Research Quarterly, 1986 - 1992


Lilian Katz

Professor Emerita, Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative - Clearinghouse on Early Childhood and Parenting



29 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign, IL 61820

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