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Meghan Kessler

Meghan Kessler

Primary Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education and Human Services | University of Illinois Springfield

Skill Highlights

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education and Human Services | University of Illinois Springfield

Policy Expertise

Teacher Education (Policy and Practice)
Teacher Preservice Preparation, Evaluation, and Licensure
Teacher Satisfaction and Burnout; Attrition and Retention
Social Studies Education
Whole-Child and Social Emotional Pedagogies

Experience & Background

Meghan Kessler
About
Experience & Background

Meghan A. Kessler is an award-winning educator, teacher educator, and teacher education researcher. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Illinois Springfield specializing in social studies and teacher education. She also holds an appointment as a Collaborating Scholar with the University of Illinois System’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Her research interests include teacher education and preparation, social studies education, and whole-child teaching and learning. She is particularly interested in educators’ enactments of policy or reform and teacher identity and development across the career spectrum. Her work has been published in Teaching Education, Teachers College Record, and Policy Futures in Education. She has extensive experience leading professional development and continuing education for practicing teachers on a variety of topics. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Kessler taught middle and high school social studies in several diverse urban and rural districts across Illinois.

Professional Appointments and License/Endorsements

UIS Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
IGPA Collaborating Scholar and Working Group Co-Leader
Illinois Professional Educator License (grades 6-12)
Endorsements:
Social Science, grades 6-8
Social Science, grades 9-12
Teacher Leader: Geography, History, Political Science, Reading Teacher, Social Science, grades 6-12

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (Division K, Social Studies Research SIG)
National Association of Multicultural Education
National Council for the Social Studies
Illinois Council for the Social Studies
Association of Teacher Educators
Illinois Association of Teacher Educators
Illinois Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
Illinois Federation of Teachers

Education

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL; Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, 2018.

St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL; M.A. Teaching & Leadership, 2012.

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; B.A. History and Secondary Education, 2008.

Recent Publications

Promoting a critical-structural approach to new teacher care.
Promoting a critical-structural approach to new teacher care.

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