Eastern Michigan University
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Cathy Fleischer


603A Pray-Harrold Ypsilanti, MI




PhD, University of Michigan

MEd, University of Virginia

BA, Connecticut College

Interests and Expertise

Since 1978, I have had the opportunity to teach at the high school, community college, and university level. In 1990, I began teaching here at EMU, where I teach courses in English education and literacy, work with undergraduate and graduate students, and co-direct the Eastern Michigan University Writing Project.

Most recently, I've focused my research in the following areas:

  •  Teacher-research: how classroom teachers might reflect in a systematic and careful way;
  • Teacher advocacy: how teachers can work with networks of parents and other community members to help others understand effective classroom practices.
  • Adolescent Literacy: how we can help teachers understand changing definitions of literacy and prepare teens in smart and thoughtful ways for the reading and writing challenges of the 21st century.
  • Disciplinary Literacy:  how practitioners of particular disciplines read, write, talk and think and how that knowledge can help students be successful in college and beyond.

And in the last few years, I’ve taken on a new role: Special Editor for the National Council of Teachers of English, where I’ve developed the Principles in Practice Imprint, designed to help teachers connect some of NCTE research-based policies with classroom practice.


  • Writing for Writing Teachers
  • Literacy and Written Literacy Instruction
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary English
  • Research in Written Communication
  • Issues in the Teaching of Writing
  • Issues in English Studies for Teachers

Recent Publications and Presentations

Reading & Writing & Teens:  A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy Urbana, IL: National Councilof Teachers of English, 2010.

Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone: The Unfamiliar Genre Project (with Sarah Andrew-Vaughan), Portsmouth, NH:Heinemann, 2009.

“Collaboration: Talk. Trust. Write” (with Mark Lechter, Kristen Turner, Meredith Donovan, Leah Zuidema, Jim Frederickson,  Sarah Andrew-Vaughan, Nicole Sieben, and Laraine Wallowitz).  Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education 2 (2013).Online.

“Creating the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing” (with Peggy O’Neill, Linda Adler-Kassner and Anne-Marie Hall). College English, July 2012.

“Inviting Parents In:Expanding Our Community Base to Support Writing” (with Kim Pavlock). English Journal, March 2012.

Becoming a Writing Researcher (with Ann Blakeslee). New York: Ehrlbaum Press, 2007.

“Researching Writing: The Unfamiliar Genre Project,” (with Sarah Andrew-Vaughan). English Journal. March 2006.