Dana Stachowiak, Ph.D., is an expert in social justice and diversity education and well versed in using literacy best practices to build teacher and student empowerment.
She is currently Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has been a classroom teacher and literacy coach at both the elementary and middle school levels and has been a consultant for both urban and rural school districts.
She has authored and co-authored book chapters on social justice issues in education; gender and sexuality; and arts and visual literacies for social justice. She is also a frequent speaker on these issues at numerous national and international conferences, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. She most recently co-edited a special issue for the International Journal for Critical Pedagogy on teaching social justice in teacher education programs. Dana’s current projects include working on her book manuscript; co-authoring a peer-reviewed article on radical love and literacy; and leading a grant-funded project investigating curriculum as spaces and curriculum of place with LGBTQIA university students.
Dana supports schools with developing school-wide literacy leadership and growth, inclusive practices to reach all members of the community, effective coaching methods and literacy to support cultural competency.
Dana lives, writes, and teaches on the beaches of North Carolina with her partner and their small family.