Ph.D. Western Michigan University
Professor Eckert specializes in English education and directs the Northern Shores Writing Project, a National Writing Project site located in the Department of 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 the influence of graduate education in rural teacher professional development. Recent publications include Literacy Teaching and Learning in Rural Communities: Problematizing Stereotypes, Challenging Myths (co-edited with Janet Alsup, published by Routledge, 2015). “Raising Issues of Rurality in English Teacher Education” in English Education (2013) “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 (Heinemann, 2006). Her work has also appeared in The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The English Journal. 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 on English Education conference at Fordham University and the Battle for Education international conference in Bergen, Norway. She teaches undergraduate and graduate literary theory and English education courses.