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Shea Kerkhoff  is an Assistant Professor of secondary education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education. She holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Kerkhoff utilizes mixed methods to investigate critical, digital, and global literacies. Her research centers on integrating inquiry-based global learning with adolescent literacy instruction. For her dissertation study, she was named an International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Finalist and earned the first place award at the North Carolina State University Graduate Student Research Symposium. Her work has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Reading & Writing Quarterly. She taught high school English for seven years, including North Carolina and District of Columbia Public Schools and currently serves as Assistant Editor of English Education, a National Council of Teachers of English journal. She also serves as Going Global, Inc.'s Regional Director- Africa and previously served as 4 the World's Education Director. In this capacity, the International Literacy Association awarded her the Constance McCullough grant to conduct inquiry-based digital literacy professional development and research with teachers in Kitale, Kenya. Dr. Kerkhoff is passionate about global education at home and abroad. In 2018 she was named a Longview Foundation Global Teacher Educator fellow. 

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(314) 516-6820

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Education

Literacy and English Language Arts Education                                                       
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2013-2016

International Education                                                                                                    
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2006-2007 

English Education                                                                                                                               
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
1997-2001

 

Experience

Assistant Professor of Secondary Education                                                   
University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, MO August 2018

  • Teaching curriculum and instruction at the Master’s level,  content area literacy at the undergraduate and master’s level, and foundations of curriculum and instruction at the Ph.D. level
  • Conducting qualitative case study on integrating digital literacy instruction with inquiry-based pedagogy in Kitale, Kenya
  • Conducting action research on internationalizing teacher education.

Visiting Assistant Professor                                                                       
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN August 2016 – May 2018

  • Initiated partnership with the Indiana Department of Education to conduct professional development and preservice teacher training on teaching for global readiness
  • Designed and conducted two statewide quantitative studies in collaboration with Indiana Department of Education and Indiana University’s College of Education and School for Global and International Studies
  • Designed and conducted qualitative case study on integrating global readiness instruction with inquiry-based learning in a junior high
  • Collaborated as Co-PI on qualitative multiple case study on talking about race, police, and community relations in the classroom through critical and digital literacy with in-service and pre-service teachers
  • Collaborated as PI on qualitative case study on pre-service teachers’ reading identity and writing identity
  • Mentored undergraduate research trainee on global readiness instruction study
  • Mentored graduate assistant as co-teacher in literacy course and Co-PI on pre-service teacher identity research
  • Developed partnership with local school focusing on inquiry-based learning
  • Completed Intercultural Development Inventory qualified administrator certification and held debriefings for Purdue students
  • Taught Literacy Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools, EDCI 434, a face-to-face class for undergraduate pre-service teachers with a fieldwork component
  • Taught Young Adult Literature, ENGL596/EDCI551, at the Master’s level and undergraduate level, ENGL392
  • Supervised 3 secondary English student teachers
  • Served on the department’s online education committee to create an online masters of education degree in curriculum and instruction, the English education program committee, and the undergraduate English program committee 
  • Co-wrote the NCATE/CAEP English education program report that received a decision of national recognition

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Hiller A. Spires                                             
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC January 2013 – May 2016

  • Co-developed and validated scale on disciplinary literacy
  • Co-designed Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning MOOC-Ed for 4th-12th grade educators
  • Facilitated ELA discussion board as part of Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning MOOC-Ed
  • Collected and analyzed data for qualitative collective case study on close reading in early elementary
  • Collected and analyzed data for qualitative multiple case study on international education graduate students
  • Collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data on new literacies teacher leader institute  
  • Taught online content area reading course for 5 sections of undergraduate pre-service teachers from a broad range of majors, Reading Across the Disciplines, ECI 451
  • Co-taught master’s level graduate course for reading specialists, Theory and Research in Literacy, ECI 545
  • Coached Project-Based Inquiry Global interdisciplinary teacher team to develop cross-cultural collaboration
  • Assisted with shared visioning session for students at Suzhou North America High School, Suzhou, China
  • Assisted with grant proposal writing and analyzed data for qualitative multiple case study on adolescent writers who struggle
  • Assisted project management of Global-Ready School Designation Rubric for NC Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC 

Research Assistant for Drs. Douglas Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, and Donald Compton        
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN  August 2006 – December 2007

  • Collected reading fluency and comprehension quantitative data for Response to Intervention (RTI) study
  • Administered interventions to first graders for reading skills as determined by study

 

Refereed Research Publications

Falter, M. M., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2018). Slowly shifting out of neutral: Using young adult literature to discuss PSTs’ beliefs about racial injustice and police brutality. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 17(3), 257-276.

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., & Fortune, N. (2018). Educational cosmopolitanism and collaborative inquiry with Chinese and US teachers. Teaching Education, Advanced Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10476210.2018.1506431

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., Graham, A., Thompson, I., and Lee, J. K. (2018). Operationalizing and validating disciplinary literacy  in secondary education. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 31, 1401–1434. Retrieved from doi.org/10.1007/s11145-018-9839-4

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017). Designing global futures: A mixed methods study to develop and validate the teaching for global readiness scale. Teaching and Teacher Education. 65, 91-106. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.03.011  

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017). Teaching for global readiness: A model for locally situated and globally connected literacy instruction.  In E. Ortlieb and E. H. Cheek (Eds.), Addressing diversity in literacy instruction (pp. 193-205). Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Graham, A. C. K., Spires, H. A., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017). Disciplinary literacy in the middle school: Exploring pedagogical tensions.  Middle Grades Research Journal, 11(1), 63-84.

Pruden, M., Kerkhoff, S. N., Spires, H. A., & Lester, J. (2017). Enhancing writing achievement through technology: Case studies of  three struggling adolescent male writers. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 32(6). Retrieved from  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10573569.2015.1059780 

Spires, H. A., Medlock, C., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017). Digital literacy for the 21st century.  In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of  information science and technology (4th ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., Zheng, M. (2017). Creating a community of inquiry as a professional development model  with teachers in China: New literacies, new complexities. In H. A. Spires (Ed.), Digital transformation and innovation in  Chinese education (pp. 100-118). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016). Partnership to empowerment: A case study of INGO and public school partnerships in Belize. International  Journal of Adult, Community, and Professional Learning, 23(3), 23-39.

Spires, H. A., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016). New literacies. In S. B. Mertens, M. M. Caskey, & N. Flowers (Eds.), Encyclopedia of  middle grades education (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., & Graham, A. C. K. (2016). Disciplinary literacy and inquiry: Teaching for deeper content learning.   Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 60(2), 151-161.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2015). Dialogism: Feminist revision of argumentative writing instruction. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and  Practice, 64, 443-460. Retrieved from http://lrx.sagepub.com/content/64/1/443.abstract  

Kerkhoff, S. N. & Spires, H. A. (2015). Getting close to close reading: How teachers are making instructional shifts in early  literacy. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 11(2). Retrieved from http://jolle.coe.uga.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2015/10/Article-3-Kerkhof.pdf  

Saylor, E. E., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2014). Change is the only constant: Beginning teachers’ perceptions of implementing the Common Core State Standards. Current Issues in Education, 17(3). Retrieved from  http://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1311/592  

Refereed Research Presentations

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2018, November). Project-based learning and passion projects in the literacy classroom. Paper to be presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Houston, TX.

Kerkhoff, S. N. and Spires, H.A. (2018, November). Research in global contexts: International voices. Paper to be presented at the  National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Houston, TX.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2018, September). Developing digital, critical, and global literacies through project-based writing instruction.

Gateway Writing Project Fall Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017, December). Disciplinary literacy on the ground. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Literacy Research  Association Conference, Tampa, FL. 

Kerkhoff, S. N., & Falter, M. (2017, December). Using YA lit and digital tools to tackle conversations about race, police, and  community relations in the English education classroom. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Literacy Research  Association Conference, Tampa, FL. 

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., & Fortune, N. (2017, April). Educational cosmopolitanism and collaborative inquiry: A collective case  study with teachers from China and the US. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association  Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. 

Falter, M., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017, February). Tackling tough conversations about race, police, and community relations through  reading All American Boys. Paper presented at NCTE Assembly for Research, San Francisco, CA.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016, December). Designing Global Futures: A mixed methods study to develop and validate the teaching for  global readiness scale. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Spires, H. A., Graham, A. C. K., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016, December). Disciplinary literacy in the middle school: Navigating  pedagogical tensions. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016, April). Teaching for global-readiness: Designing global education through postcolonial  cosmopolitanism. Paper presented at AERA, Washington, DC. 

Graham, A. C. K., Spires, H. A., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2016, April). Disciplinary literacy for deeper learning: A multiple-case  study of middle school teachers. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting,  Washington, DC. 

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., Graham, A. C. K., & Lee, J. K. (2015, December). Operationalizing and validating  disciplinary literacy. Paper presented at the 65th Literacy Research Association Conference, Carlsbad, CA. 

Spires, H. A., Graham, A. C. K., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2015, December). Designing a MOOC on disciplinary literacy. Symposium paper   presented at the 65th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Carlsbad, CA.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2015, November). Gender and literacy: Using a feminist lens to promote multiple literacies and advance  teacher expertise. Paper presented at the NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

Spires, H. A., Graham, A. C. K., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2015, July). Teaching disciplinary literacy to promote deeper  learning through a Massive Online Open Course. Paper presented at The Learner Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Kerkhoff, S. N. & Graham, A. C. K. (2015, July). Two-year study on literacy professional development in Belize. Poster presented at  The Learner Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., Graham, A. C. K., & Lee, J. K. (2015, April). Understanding and testing disciplinary literacy. Poster  presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 

Graham, A. C. K., & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2015, March). Reading like a literary critic with I Am Malala. Paper presented at the North  Carolina Research Association Conference, Raleigh, NC. 

Spires, H. A., Kerkhoff, S. N., Graham, A. C. K., & Lee, J. K. (2015, March). Relating inquiry to disciplinary literacy: A pedagogical  approach. Paper presented at the North Carolina Research Association Conference, Raleigh, NC. 

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2014, December). Dialogism: Feminist revision of argumentative writing instruction. Paper presented at the 64th  Annual Meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL.

Kerkhoff, S. N. & Graham, A. C. K. (2014, December). Reading comprehension professional development in Belize. Poster  presented at the 64th Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.

Kerkhoff, S. N. & Graham, A. C. K. (2014, November). Mutually beneficial professional development for teachers in North and  Central America. Paper presented at the 2014 Global Education Conference, online.          

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2013, December). A case study of INGO and public school partnerships in Belize: Partnership to empowerment. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Dallas, TX. 

Spires, H. A. & Kerkhoff, S. N. (2013, December). Getting close to close reading: How teachers are making Instructional shifts in  early literacy. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, Dallas, TX.

Editor Reviewed Publications

Johnson, T. S. and Kerkhoff, S.N. (in press). #MeToo in English education [Editorial]. English Education, 50(5).

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2018). Happily imbalanced [Editorial]. English Education, 50(4), 300-304.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017). Embracing the and [Editorial]. English Education, 49(4), 316-319.

Kerkhoff, S. N. (2017, August 18). The paradox of tolerance [blog]. Literacy and NCTE: The official blog of the National Council of  Teachers of English. Retrieved from http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/08/the-paradox-of-tolerance/  

Kerkhoff, S. N., Beauchamp, L., Ferrill, C., Lee, L., Adomako, A., Bonini, R., Jang, Y. and Queen, C.  (2017). First Opinion:  Race, identity, and social justice in the young adult novel All American Boys. First Opinions Second Reactions: Innovative Online Reviews of Literature for Children and Young Adults, 10(1). Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/  

Wiseman, A., Graham, A. C. K., Aleman, A. Hawkins, D., Hurt, J., Jones, J., Justice, J., Kerkhoff, S. N., Richards, R. J.  (2014, January). UNC scandal & literacy levels: Racism, relationships and reading instruction. Scholar’s Corner. Retrieved from http://www.publicschoolsfirstnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/UNC-Scandal-Response.pdf  

 

Service

Assistant Editor                                                                                                                                                              
English Education 
July 2016-present

  • Reviewed all manuscripts submitted to the journal for publication
  • Assisted with the blind peer review process and communicated with reviewers and authors
  • Responsible for fact-checking manuscripts

Education Director               
Going Global, Inc., 
January 2009 - present

  • Presented teaching strategies at schools in Kenya, Myanmar, Belize, and India at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels
  • Spoke at leadership and women’s conferences
  • Led educational day-camps for 200+ children