Rebecca Bowers Sipe

Assistant Vice President, Honors College



BA, University of North Carolina
MAT, University of Alaska
Doctorate of Education, specializing in Leadership, Policy Studies, and Teacher Training, Boston University

Rebecca Sipe 009 The Honors College

Professional Summary

My career spans K-12 and university teaching and administration. I have special interest working with students who have overcome challenges in many forms as they move to academic success. I have particular interest in literacy education and how that supports all sorts of life-long learning, and I feel a strong affiliation with first generation college students, students who are helping to pay for their own college education, and returning students. Currently, I serve on the Executive Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English and as the Chair for the Conference on English Leadership.

Interests and Expertise

Outside of work I love cooking and reading.

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)


Typically taught English Education courses here at EMU. Prior, many writing and leadership classes.


Teacher Leadership
Qualitative Methods

Additional Information

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