I am a literacy education researcher and teacher-educator who strives to illuminate connections between theory, methodology and teaching/learning practices. My work engages socio-cultural and critical approaches to literacy education, and centers on issues of equity and opportunity. As a scholar and teacher-educator, I participate in multiple communities invested in the creation of deep and authentic learning experiences for all learners.
The thread that ties all of my work together is a deep-seated belief that our work in education can and should make powerful differences in people’s lives. There are important things at stake in our research, methodological and theoretical discussions, teaching, and service in multiple fields. It is for this reason that I believe that our work should be in dialogue with the members of multiple communities: fellow scholars, practitioners, community activists, parents, and students. In my past work as a high school English teacher, literacy coach, and instructor in teacher education programs, I felt that there were many unnecessary borders between these domains. I work alongside others to engender collaborations that can transcend these artificial divisions.
As assistant professor of Integrated Educational Studies at the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in Southern California, I teach courses in secondary literacy methods, the teaching of writing, social foundations of education, and introduction to systematic inquiry. I am also honored to serve as a Literacy Research Association Area Chair for Pre-Service Teacher Education in Literacy (December 2017-December 2020), and to have served as the chair of the National Council of Teachers of English CEE nominating committee (September 2016-September 2017) and as one of the co-chairs of the NCTE Conference on English Education (CEE) Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education Programs (November 2014-November 2016). Along with colleagues from this commission, I curate the resources and discussions on the Justice.Education website.