Inaugural Racial Equity Fellow: Melissa Schieble

Melissa Schieble’s scholarship focuses on how discourses about race, class, gender, and sexuality are depicted in literature for youth; she also examines the dynamics of teachers’ and students’ responses to literature for youth by studying their classroom discourse. Her work highlights the ways critical engagement with children’s and young adult literature offers one of the most powerful learning opportunities for building teachers’ and students’ critical consciousness and racial literacy. Prof. Schieble’s scholarship has been funded by the Spencer Foundation and she has published more than thirty articles and book chapters and co-authored two books; her work has been published in leading journals including English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Teacher Education. Prof. Schieble’s scholarship has also received several awards, the most recent including the 2021 James N. Britton Award from NCTE for the article, “Promoting empathetic reading with Between Shades of Gray through a global blogging project” published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She is lead author of the award-winning book, Classroom Talk for Social Change: Critical Conversation in English Language Arts, published in 2020 by Teachers College Press. Professor Schieble teaches courses in the English education MA program and the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership program in the School of Education at Hunter College. She is a consortial faculty member in the Ph.D. in Urban Education program at The Graduate Center.

Critical Conversations in Higher Education 

Hyflex Workshop, November 17, 12:30-2:00pm (Hunter E530)

The workshop will support faculty to facilitate critical conversations about power, privilege and oppression in their courses. Faculty will work through the dynamics of teaching about racism as it also intersects with sexism, heteronormativity, ableism and other oppressions. The workshop will present discussion strategies and areas for further consideration, such as how to expand students’ skills with critical listening. The workshop will support faculty to create classroom spaces for liberation, hope and solidarity that build educators’ and students’ racial literacies. 

Please email any questions or issues you would like to see addressed during the workshop to 

Departmental Conversations

Professor Melissa Schieble (Curriculum and Teaching) is available to join departmental conversations about the dynamics of facilitating difficult conversations in the college classroom. The proposed format is a conversation amongst departmental faculty centered on their unique questions and issues, rather than a workshop or presentation. Professor Schieble will facilitate the departmental conversation and share her expertise to support faculty at Hunter College. 

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