Assistant Professor, English Language Arts Education
402N Poe Hall
Michelle M. Falter is an Assistant Professor of English Education and Literacy 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.
PhD in Language and Literacy Education from The University of Georgia
MA in Education from Mount Mary University, WI
BA in English from St. Norbert College, WI
- Undergraduate: Middle Grades English Language Arts & Social Studies Education
- Master: New Literacies and Global Learning
- Doctoral: Literacy and English Language Arts Education (LELA)
Selected Scholarly Publications
- Fecho, B., Falter, M. M., & Hong, X. (Eds.) (2016). Teaching Outside the Box but Inside the Standards: Making Room for Dialogue. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Hong, X., Falter, M. M., & Fecho, B. (2016). Embracing tension: Using Bakhtinian theory as a means for data analysis. Qualitative Research. DOI: 10.1177/1468794116653800
- Falter, M. M. (2016). Addressing assumptions about adolescents in a pre-service YAL course. The ALAN Review, 43(2), 51-61.
- Falter, M. M. (2015/2016). Threatening the patriarchy: Teaching as performance. Gender and Education, 28(1), 20-36. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2015.1103838
- Falter, M. M. (2015). A re-vision of To Kill a Mockingbird and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, 1(1), 125-155. Retrieved from http://journals.shareok.org/index.php/studyandscrutiny/
- Falter, M. M. (2013). “You’re wearing Kurt’s necklace!”: The rhetorical power of Glee in the literacy classroom. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57(4), 289-297. DOI: 10.1002/jaal.243
- ECI 405 Literature for Young Adults
- ECI 430 Materials and Methods for Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Grades