Melanie M. Acosta, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her scholarship is focused on critical issues in teacher learning and preparation to support African American educational excellence within the contexts of elementary classrooms and in local communities. Her work also examines the professional practice and identity of African American educators to illuminate how they have relied on their cultural ethos to resist, transform and liberate themselves in ways that result in meaningful and non-alienating improvements in education and society. Her work is featured in journals such as The Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Race, Ethnicity, & Education, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Equity & Excellence in Education. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Acosta was an elementary school teacher and a community organizer for a grassroots parent empowerment group. Dr. Acosta serves the educational community locally by partnering with community-based organizations and elementary schools to design and implement innovative academic and enrichment activities for children and families; and nationally by being an active member of professional organizations such as AERA, LRA, ASALH, and NABSE.
- Justice-centered teacher education,
- African American educators/education,
- Qualitative Research,
- Elementary Literacy
Dr. Melanie Acosta
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Office Location: ED 47 - 475