Margaret Sheehy, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Ohio State University
Education Building-Room 326

Margaret Sheehy brings experience as a middle and elementary school teacher and college composition and literature teacher to bear on her current work in the Reading Department’s 5-12 and B-6 programs. Her twenty years of teaching, research and service similarly extend from early grades through adulthood and extend geographically, from western, mid-western, to eastern states.

Dr. Sheehy received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from The Ohio State University where she first became interested in Human Geography. Because of her diverse experiences as a teacher in different contexts, she searched for a theoretical framework for understanding what it was about specific locales that made some practices possible but others not. Such a framework seemed necessary for social change to be planned and implemented at any level, from the single classroom to district-wide curriculum. The results of this search are documented in her book, Place Stories: Time, Space and Literacy in Two Classrooms and co-edited book with Kevin Leander, Spatializing Literacy Research and Practice.

Dr. Sheehy is currently developing models of appropriate supplemental literacy instruction in secondary schools. That work involves curriculum development and assessment that informs instruction across contexts—from general classrooms to supplemental AIS classrooms, to special education classrooms. Her other projects include cognitive distribution research in a technology rich classroom and curriculum development for incarcerated youth and adults.

Dr. Sheehy teaches Introduction to Literacy Teaching, 5-12; Teaching Writing, 5-12; Practicum and Seminar, 5-12; Literacy in Society; Literacy as Social Reproduction and Transformation; and Teaching Writing, B-6.

Selected Publications
Sheehy, M. (2009). Place stories: Time, space and literacy in two classrooms. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Sheehy, M. (2009). Can the literacy practices of an after-school program be practiced in school? A study of literacies from a spatial perspective. Pedagogy, Culture, and Society.

Leander, K. M. & Sheehy, M. (2004). Spatializing literacy research and practice. New York: Peter Lang.

Sheehy, M. (2003). The social life of an essay. Written Communication, 20 (3), 333-353.

Sheehy, M. (2002). Illuminating constructivism: Structure, discourse, and subjectivity in a middle school classroom. Reading Research Quarterly, 37(3), 278–308.