Megan Birch

Megan Birch
Associate Professor of English Education
Director, Office of Educator Preparation

Phone: (603) 535-2301


A teacher and teacher educator, Megan Birch works to understand and expand anti-oppressive and emancipatory pedagogical practices. Her academic interests include curriculum, critical approaches to multicultural education, secondary English-language arts education, and teacher education. In particular, she is interested in how the discourses, social visions, and narratives teachers and students use to think about race and social justice impact students, schools, and society.

Dr. Birch coordinates the undergraduate program in English education, and she participates in the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. She is also the Chair of the Women’s Studies Council, and, in Fall 2012, she will begin serving on the National Council of Teachers of English Committee Against Racism and Bias English Teaching.

Prior to coming to Plymouth, she taught middle and high school English in Prince Georges and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MEd, University of Maryland
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests
  • Curriculum
  • Multicultural and Anti-Oppressive Education
  • Teacher Education

Associations, Boards, and Committees
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), member
  • National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), member
  • PSU, President’s Commission of Diversity, chair
  • PSU, Women’s Studies Council, member
  • PSU, Council of Teacher Education, English education representative

Courses Taught
  • EN 5830 Teaching Literature for Cultural Understanding
  • EN 5870 Teaching Literature to Secondary Students
  • EN 5500 Young Adult Literature

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