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Trevor Stewart

Assistant Professor


Dr. Trevor Thomas Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and the Program Leader for English Education. He received his Ph.D. in Language & Literacy Education and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from the University of Georgia (2010).

Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Dr. Stewart worked as a high school English teacher in southwestern North Carolina. His previous academic appointment was at Appalachian State University (2010-2014) where he taught courses focused on writing, English Language Arts methods, and digital literacy.

Dr. Stewart'™s research interests include the influences of educational policy and high-stakes testing on English teachers' instructional practices, making creativity a central element of instruction, and the intersection between language and culture. He regularly publishes in international and national peer-reviewed journals, such as English Education, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and the International Journal of Dialogical Science. Dr. Stewart also contributes to the field of English Education through regular presentations at national and international conferences. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Scholarship/Creative Achievement award from the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.

In addition to developing his research agenda and teaching English Education courses, Dr. Stewart engages in processional service activities. He is on the editorial review board at the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and he is a regular reviewer for Critical Education and other journals Dr. Stewart also serves on the board of the American Reading Forum.


Ph.D. Language & Literacy Education, University of Georgia, 2010

M.A.T.-English, Western Carolina University, 2005

B. A. English, Western Carolina University, 2003

Curriculum Vitae>>

EDCI 5724: Teaching Middle and Secondary School English

EDCI 5964: Field Studies in English

Dr. Stewart's scholarship is grounded in the work of Russian literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and American literary scholar Louise Rosenblatt. He builds his work the foundation their thoughts provide because they offer a way to see the English classroom as a place of dialogue and infinite possibility. He strives to engage in scholarship that can create an environment in which students can thrive and learn to follow their hearts as they develop they minds. Finding ways to advocate for a truly student-centered, dialogic classroom is no mean feat in this era of standardization and high-stakes assessment. Therefore, his research agenda is centered on critically evaluating the ways in which educational policies and curriculum mandates are influencing teacher autonomy and teachers' senses of self-efficacy in the English classroom. To that end, Dr. Stewart's research explores the ways in which English teachers engage in dialogue with policy directives and how those policies influence their practice.


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