Heidi L Hallman

Associate Professor
Primary office:
338 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Heidi L. Hallman, associate professor of English education, joined the faculty in 2007. Hallman received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include studying “at risk” students’ literacy learning as well as how prospective English teachers are prepared to teach in diverse school contexts.

Hallman’s work has been published in English Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, English Journal, Reflective Practice, and The ALAN Review, among others. In 2010, Hallman received the Conference on English Education’s (CEE) Research Initiative Grant for her research on prospective teachers’ work with homeless youth.

Dr. Hallman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English education. Upon arriving at KU, she implemented service-learning into the English/ Language Arts teacher education program as a way to expand English/ language arts teacher preparation and development.


Heidi L. Hallman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English/ Language Arts education.


Dr. Hallman's research and teaching are framed through sociocultural and critical approaches to curriculum, literacy, and learning. Two specific lines of inquiry shape her research: 1) The preparation of prospective English teachers, especially as this preparation relates to teaching in diverse school contexts, and 2) the literacy learning of “at risk” adolescents.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 2007
  • M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
  • B.S., Secondary Education: English (Grades 6-12), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999


Middle and Secondary English Education

Dr. Mary Lynn Hamilton will present Obligations to Unseen Children: Finding Compassion, Presence, and Imagination in Teaching and Teacher Education for the Budig Lecture Series on November 20, 2014 in 150 Joseph R. Pearson. Dr. Hamilton is the recipient of the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship for 2014-2015.

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