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Dee Hill-Zuganelli
Dr. Dee Hill-Zuganelli
Associate Professor of Family Studies|Child and Family Studies
Dr. Dee Hill-Zuganelli
Office Location
Emery Building, 300
Office Hours
  • Tue-Fri: 10:30 a.m. – noon
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Class Schedules
  • CFS/SOC/WGS 201 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:20 pm – 2:30 pm)
  • CFS/WGS 207 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)
  • CFS 480 (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm)
  • CFS/SOC/WGS 201
  • CFS/WGS 207
  • CFS 480

Dr. Dee Hill-Zuganelli (he/him) joined the Department of Child and Family Studies in 2016. He currently teaches the core Family Relations and Senior Research Capstone courses and centers diverse and marginalized perspectives in the Sexuality and Everyday Life. He will be introducing a new special topics course in Fall 2024, The Helping Professions, for all CFS concentrations. The course utilizes a social work lens for learning the process of change for families and practicing generalist skills associated with entry-level social work in a cooperative setting.

Dr. Hill-Zuganelli's research focuses on the evolving positions of cultural competence in social work and allied fields' curriculum and formal training and the degree to which existing dominant models prepare graduates for helping diverse populations. He critically examines assumptions embedded in existing work and investigates how well formative training helps practitioners cope with cognitive and affective barriers in working across lines of difference in today's increasingly polarized political environment. A separate research track in the scholarship of teaching and learning focuses on teaching human sexuality from the margins and the creation of sustainable academic labor.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona, 2016
  • G.Cert., College Teaching, University of Arizona, 2013
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona, 2010
  • M.S., Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy), University of Kentucky, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, Transylvania University, 2002
Publications & Works
  • Cabrera, N. L., & Hill-Zuganelli, D. (2021). "If Lil' Wayne can say it, why can't I?": White male undergraduates using the n-word. The Journal of Higher Education, 92(5), 680-703.

    Hill-Zuganelli, D. (2021). Integrating effective virtual check-ins and student support into college teaching. Appalachian College Association.

    Hill-Zuganelli, D. (2019). Rethinking the additive approach of cultural competence for Latinx immigrant families. Family Focus, 64(2), F1-F3.

    Hill-Zuganelli, D., & Sergent, F. T. (2018). Strengthening the sanctuary: Institutional policies to support DACA students. In Weissinger, S. E., & Mack, D. (Eds.), Policing Black and Brown bodies: Law enforcement in the age of Black Lives Matter (pp. 97-116). Lexington Books.

    Hill-Zuganelli, D., Cabrera, N. L., & Milem, J. F. (2017). Arizona uncertainty: Arbitrary barriers in accessing institutional need-based financial aid. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(2), 1-22.