Associate Professor Language and Literacy Department
School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies
Office: Classroom Building 107B
B.U.S. (American Studies), University of New Mexico
M.A. (English), Marquette University
M.A. (Reading Education), Cardinal Stritch College
Ed.D., Harvard University
Terry Meier is an associate professor in the department of Language and Literacy at Wheelock College. In the graduate school, she teaches HDF 702: Language, Literacy, and Culture; EDU 505: Racial and Cultural Identities; MLE 535: First and Second Language Acquisition; RDG 558: Multicultural Children's Literature; RDG 560: African American Children's Literature; and MLE 501: Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I. At the undergraduate level, she teaches EDU 331: Multicultural Picture Books; EDU 332: Multicultural Chapter Books, and HDP 227: Language Development. Dr. Meier received the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Award from Wheelock College in 1999.
Her current writings and work are focused on how teachers can draw more effectively on African American linguistic practices, history, and literary traditions to improve literacy instruction and academic outcomes for African American students. Her other research interests include the relationships between language, race, and culture and how teachers' own racialized identities impact their pedagogical practices and interactions with children.
Dr. Meier is the author of Black Communications and Learning to Read: Building on Children's Linguistic and Cultural Strengths (2008) and the co-author (with Dianna Campbell) of Easy Writer (1984), a grammar text for college level writers. She is also the author of numerous articles on African American language, literature and education. Her most recent publications are " ‘The brown face of hope': Reading engagement and African American boys," which appeared in The Reading Teacher in 2015 and "Andrea Davis Pinkney's speakerly texts: Models for young writers," which was published in Language Arts in 2016.
Before joining the Wheelock faculty in 1993, Dr. Meier directed the Cooperative Urban Teacher Education Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), a highly successful partnership between MATC and four area universities that was designed to increase the number of teachers of color in Milwaukee Public Schools. Many of the graduates of that program have gone on to pursue successful careers in teaching, public school administration, and higher education. Dr. Meier also taught English at MATC, where she received an Outstanding Faculty Award in 1991.
Dr. Meier's current passions in life include teaching, reading, advocating for social justice, and spending time with her granddaughters. She holds a B.U.S. from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in English from Marquette University, an M.A. in Reading Education from Cardinal Stritch College, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.