Elizabeth Birr Moje

Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement

Elizabeth Birr Moje, School of Education

Elizabeth Birr Moje is the associate dean for research and community engagement and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a faculty associate in the university’s Institute for Social Research, in Latino/a Studies, and in the Joint Program in English and Education.

Moje teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary and adolescent literacy, literacy and cultural theory, and qualitative and mixed research methods. Her research interests revolve around the intersection between the literacies youth are asked to learn in the disciplines (particularly in science and social studies) and the literacies they experience outside of school. In addition, Moje studies how youth make culture and enact identities from their home and community literacies, and from ethnic cultures, popular cultures, and school cultures. These research interests stem from the start of her career when she taught history, biology, and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan. Her current research focuses on communities and schools in Detroit, Michigan. She also engages in literacy professional development with teachers in Detroit and around the country.

Moje has published three books and numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Science, Review of Research in Education, Reading Research Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Research in the Teaching of English, Phi Delta Kappan, Urban Review, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Science Education. She is also a co-editor of the Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV and the upcoming volume V of the Handbook.

In her current research and community engagement work, funded by foundations and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Moje uses an array of methods to study and support young people’s disciplinary literacy learning. In related work focused on teacher learning, which has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and by Excellent Schools Detroit, Moje has developed Teaching and Learning the Disciplines through Clinical Practice Rounds, with colleague Robert Bain.  The Rounds Project advances discipline-based adolescent literacy teacher education.  Moje and Bain were awarded the provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize at the University of Michigan in 2010 for the project.

Moje is currently serving on the National Academy of Science committee on Literacy for Science, the International Reading Association’s Literacy Research Panel; the William T. Grant Foundation’s Scholar Selection Committee; as president of National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy (NCRLL), and as incoming Vice-President for the division on Social Contexts of Education of the American Educational Research Association. She has also served as a member of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council’s Committee on Adolescent and Adult Literacy; the PISA Steering Committee; Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Adolescent Literacy Council; the Spencer Task Force on Enhancing Doctoral Education; the Spencer Foundation’s Exemplary Dissertation Award Committee; as research chair of NCRLL; and as an associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.  At the University of Michigan, Moje serves on the President’s Commission on Women (PACWI), the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee (PFAC), the M-Cubed Executive Committee, and the provost’s committee on Transforming Learning for the Third Century (TLTC).

Administrative Responsibilities

As associate dean for research, Moje is responsible for developing the research infrastructure at the school, including providing support for grant writing, developing mechanisms for sharing costs of common resources, and facilitating coordination across research functions and activities. Moje develops and monitors the school’s policies and procedures for grants and research and supervises the financial management of externally funded projects. Provides mentoring and support for faculty members who are in the beginning stages of their careers.

She represents the school’s interests on the university’s Research Dean’s Group and serves as the liaison between the school and the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.

Moje teaches courses in the following program(s):
Literacy, Language, and Culture
Combined Program in Education and Psychology
Joint Program in English and Education
Secondary Teacher Education
Teaching and Learning




Research Affiliations



9/1/2012 - ongoing Detroit School of Arts: Partnership of DPS-U-M Project
Granting Agency: Knight Foundation

4/11/2013 - 6/1/2014 The Clinical Rounds Project in Secondary Teacher Education
Granting Agency: Excellent Schools Detroit

3/1/2012 - 2/28/2014 Reforming the Traditional School Schedule: The Detroit School of Arts DPS U-M Partnership School Project
Granting Agency: Ford Foundation

2/1/2003 - 1/1/2009 An Examination of the Social and Cultural Influences on Adolescent Literacy Motivation and Development
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health

7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008 Assessing Secondary Teachers' Disciplinary Literacy Knowledge and Practice: Building Prototypes
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2008 Advancing Adolescent Literacy Learning in the Disciplines
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

7/1/2005 - 6/30/2007 Advancing Adolescent Literacy Learning in the Disciplines
Granting Agency: Carnegie Corporation

2/1/2004 - 1/1/2006 Middle School Science Curriculum Materials: Meeting Standards and Fostering Inquiry through Learning Technologies Supplement: Developing Scientific Literacy Through the Use of Innovative Textual Tools
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

8/6/2001 - 8/6/2005 Making Makin' It Possible
Granting Agency: William T. Grant Foundation

3/1/2004 - 2/8/2005 An Examination of the Social and Cultural Influences on Adolescent Literacy Motivation and Development
Granting Agency: National Institutes of Health

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2005 Middle School Science Curriculum Materials: Meeting Standards and Fostering Inquiry using Learning Technologies
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2005 Teaching Practices to Promote Science Understanding through Inquiry and Technology in Urban Schools
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2000 - 1/1/2003 Including Language, Literacy, and Community in Standards Based Science Education Reform: Toward Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Curriculum
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2011 EDUC 706. Seminar: Issues in Research on Literacy EDUC 706. Youth Literacy, Culture, and Identity

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