Ph.D. Western Michigan University
Professor Eckert earned her Ph.D. in English education from Western Michigan University in 2002, after a ten year career teaching high school English. Her research interests include exploring intersections between literary theory and literacy pedagogy, the role of critical theory in the development of socially just pedagogies in English education and rural schooling, and the influence of graduate education in rural teacher professional and personal identity development. Recent publications include “Raising Issues of Rurality in English Teacher Education” in English Education (in press) “Continuing Education and the English Teacher: How Graduate Programs Transform Secondary Classrooms” in Teaching Teachers: Approaches in Improving Quality of Education (2010), “Beyond the Comics Page: Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges in Teaching Graphic Novels and Multimodal Text” in Young Adult Literature and Adolescent Identity: Re-examining the Literary Lives of Teens (2010), and her book How Does It Mean? Engaging Reluctant Readers through Literary Theory was published by Heinemann in 2006. Her work has also appeared in Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The English Journal and Academic Exchange Quarterly. Dr. Eckert has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences, most recently at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention and the International Federation of Teachers of English conference at the University of Aukland in New Zealand. She and her husband, Greg, are happy to be back home in Michigan after spending six years at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and four years at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.