Rebecca Sipe is at the Commencement wearing a black top and shaking someone's hand.

Rebecca Sipe

Assistant Vice President | 734.487.0341 |


  • EdD, Boston University, 1995
  • M.A., University of Alaska

Professional Summary

The Honors College at Eastern Michigan University prides itself on offering an education that rivals a small private college but within the myriad opportunities offered by a large comprehensive university. The Honors College supports excellent students at every level of their academic careers at EMU. Whether a student is just starting college or about to embark on the in-depth study of his/her major, our staff and faculty can assist in shaping studies to include honors work as students pursue University Honors or Departmental Honors.

The Honors College comprises an extremely accomplished group of students who value achievement and involvement in their college experience. There are many talented people in the world, and those who are truly successful have developed their talents through persistence and hard work. Here at the Honors College, we strive to help students achieve their goals while also developing cultural and leadership abilities.

Many of our graduates have gone on to top tier graduate and professional programs, including medical and law school, while others have become business and community leaders. While the core of the Honors College is academic achievement, outside of the classroom our members are leaders on campus and in the surrounding community. The Honors College Fosters a spirit of civic engagement in keeping with our mission to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the university.

This year the Honors College has embarked on several ambitious goals and will be developing strategic initiatives to help us realize these goals over the next five years. In particular, we seek to enhance diversity in the college, to provide international study opportunities for all honors students, and to move the college forward toward a more fully actualized vision of a residential and commuter center that allows our students more opportunities to work together.

I invite your to explore the opportunities the Honors College has to offer! From small classes in the first year to intensive collaborations with faculty experts in the major, Honors is dedicated to EMU's students seeking to make the most of the university experience.

Selected Publications

  • Adolescent Literacy at Risk? The Affect of Standards. Urbana, IL: NCTE. 2009.
  • Strategies for Writers: Grades 1–8. Zaner-Bloser Publishers. 2015/2012/2008/2006/2003.
  • Purposeful Writing: Genre Study in the Secondary Writing Workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 2006.
  • They Still Can't Spell? Understanding and Supporting Challenged Spellers in the Middle and High School. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishers. 2003.

Selected Presentations

  • "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn" offered with other keynotes and 20 roundtables at past 4 National Council of Teachers of English conventions.
  • "Leading with Precision: Using Information about Students to Improve Instruction: Creating Meaningful Change in the Wake of Standards." November 17, 2012. National Council of Teachers of English. Las Vegas, NV.
  • "Adolescent Literacy at Risk? The Impact of Standards." November 21. 2009. Conference on English Leadership. Philadelphia, PA. (Featured Speaker)
  • "Moments of Unconscious Delight." November 22, 2008. Invited presentation for Zaner-Bloser Special Interest Group. Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas. (Featured Speaker)


  • Teacher leadership
  • Qualitative methods
  • Writing