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Michelle Falter

Assoc Professor


Program Coordinator of the Middle Grades ELA and Social Studies (MSL) undergraduate program

Program Coordinator of the MAT 6-12 English Language Arts program

Poe Hall 402N

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Michelle M. Falter is an Associate Professor of English Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Previously, Michelle worked as a middle and high school English teacher both in Wisconsin, and abroad in Germany and the Dominican Republic, and also as a high school instructional coach in Georgia. Michelle’s research interests include dialogical and critical feminist pedagogies, English teacher education, young adult literature, and emotion in the teaching of literature and writing in the secondary classroom. Her research talks back to paradigms that neglect both teachers and students in the conversation, that attempt to dictate curriculum and pedagogy to mean one testable thing, and expect English language arts to be the learning of discrete facts, devoid of emotion and passion or critical discussion of topics relevant to our students’ lives. Additionally, Dr. Falter is a former editor of JoLLE, the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, and has been an active member of the National Writing Project. She currently is a co-editor of Fringes: The North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Journal

Research Description

Dr. Falter’s research and scholarship demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity and social justice, helping English language arts and literacy educators’ co-construct knowledge with their students using critical, feminist, and dialogical teaching practices. At the heart of her work as a scholar and teacher is advocacy and allyship for and with teachers and students. Her research draws on training in adolescent literacies, women’s studies, and qualitative methodologies. Currently, Dr. Falter’s research and scholarship are comprised of three major strands that at times overlap each other: critical approaches to teaching literature/texts (young adult and canonical), emotion and affect in teaching English Language Arts, and English teacher preparation and development.

Michelle’s current doctoral students include:

Current Research Projects

  • Explorations of Empathy in Preservice Teachers Young Adult Literature Book Club Discussions
  • #ProjectLit Community Leaders multicultural awareness and uptake of social justice aims
  • Using VoiceThread as a means of Documentation and Reflection on Field Experiences in Middle Grades Teacher Preparation

Past Research Projects

  • Discussing Racial Injustice and Police Brutality with Pre-Service Teachers and In-Service Teachers (and their Students) through Literature
  • What’s Emotion Got to Do with It?: A Portraiture Study of Four High School English Teachers’ Planning and Facilitation of Literature Units
  • Using Video Analysis Sessions with Pre-Service Teachers to Improve Practice through Collaborative Reflection
  • The Potential and Complexities of Dialogical Teaching in Secondary ELA/SS Standardized Classrooms.

Selected Scholarly Publications

Courses Taught

  • ECI 307 Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
  • ECI 405 Literature for Young Adults
  • ECI 430 Materials and Methods for Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades
  • ECI 509/528 Strategies for Teaching English in Middle & Secondary Schools
  • ECI 520 Teaching Composition
  • ECI 523 Teacher as Researcher
  • ED 795 Special Topics Course: Interviewing in Qualitative Research
  • ECI 803 Advanced Seminar in Literacy Research
  • ECI 820 Special Topics Course: Aesthetic and Affective Responses in the Language Arts

Honors and Awards

  • DELTA Faculty Fellow – 2021-2023
  • North Carolina English Teachers Association Anti-Racist Teacher of the Year Award – 2020
  • The ALAN Review Nilsen-Donelson Award for the Best Article of the Year – 2016
  • UGA COE Innovation 20/20: Innovation in Teaching and Technology Award – 2014

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Services and Engagements


PhD Language and Literacy Education The University of Georgia 2016

MA Education Mount Mary University, WI 2007

BA English St. Norbert College, WI 2001