Heather Coffey

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Dr. Heather Coffey is a Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary and K-12 Education and serves as the Director of the UNC Charlotte Writing Project. Dr. Coffey's primary teaching responsibilities include graduate English language arts methods as well as service-learning courses. Her research interests include ways to develop critical literacy with urban learners, bridging the gap between educational theory and practice in teacher education, and supporting in-service teachers in urban school settings through professional development. Dr. Coffey's record of publication includes book chapters and articles in refereed practitioner and research journals. She is currently investigating the ways in which urban learners can develop agency through research and writing and work for social justice in their communities.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
Masters of Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Elon University, 1998

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Urban Education
Teacher Preparation
English Education
Critical Literacy

Awards & Honors

AERA, Constructivist Theory, Research and Practice SIG Outstanding Conference Submission Award, 2016