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Dorian Harrison

Dorian-3.jpgDr. Dorian Harrison is an assistant professor of education and Director of Clinical Practice in the Department of Education. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Language and Literacy, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.A. in Learning and Teaching from Lipscomb University, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Memphis. She currently teaches courses connected to clinical experiences.

Dr. Harrison’s qualitative dissertation titled, What are they learning?: Negotiations of language and identity within a third space after school program, investigated third space(s) within an after school program and the juxtaposition between school based identities and after school identities. Dr. Harrison’s research interests focus on equity issues in literacy education, paying particular attention to how race, class, and language affect teaching and learning. By analyzing teaching/learning communities within traditional education settings, community centers, and longitudinal studies of practicing teachers, Dr. Harrison’s work seeks to challenge deficit views of Black and Latinx students. Her current research projects focus on developing knowledge about generational experiences within EL/ELL programs and understanding co-operating teachers’ mentoring practices in the wake of edTPA culture.

Dr. Harrison specializes in ethnographic, narrative, and case study methods. Her work is published in the Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Approaches to Language and Literacy Development (book), The Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, and Literacy Research Association DSCIG Newsletter. Her work has been presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, UPENN Ethnography Conference, Tennessee’s Reading Association Conference, and Literacy Research Association’s Annual Conference.

Dr. Harrison holds over 7 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. She also taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2014-2017; courses taught included Theory and Practice in Elementary (K-8) School Teaching, Elementary Reading and Language Arts, and Introductions to Teaching Elementary Age Children. Dr. Harrison also served in leadership roles in Champaign-Urbana, IL, prior to returning to Tennessee. She was the founder and President of the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Student Organization within the College of Education at the University of Illinois from 2015-2017. In fall of 2017, Dr. Harrison developed an online networking space aptly named Women of Color in Education.