Merideth Marie Garcia

Doctor of Philosophy in English and Education

Merideth Marie  Garcia, School of Education

Merideth Garcia is a PhD Candidate and a Rackham Merit Fellow in the Joint Program in English and Education. Her research interests include multimedia composition across the curriculum, digital writing pedagogy and practice, teacher education, critical theory, and fan studies. Her dissertation draws on research from literacy studies and Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies to examine the social construction of technology use in two high school ELA classrooms. She has taught first year composition in the English Department Writing Program, English teaching methods in the School of Education for the Undergraduate Teacher Certification (Secondary) program, and held a position as the first Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Editorial and Administrative Graduate Associate for three years. She currently works for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching as a Graduate Teaching Consultant, serves on the Leadership Committee of the Graduate Student Community Organization, and co-facilitates a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Teaching and Technology. You can follow her on Twitter @mgarcia or find her blog at

Field of Study: PhD Joint Program in English and Education 

Year in Program: 3rd year 

Age: 40 

Geographic Region: Austin, Texas 

Undergraduate: University of Texas, Austin 

Prior to UM: Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, I was a high school ELA and ESOL teacher for ten years. 

Why your program? Though I'm not tracked into a particular concentration, my interest is in high school multimodal and multimedia pedagogies and alternatives to the academic essay. 

The best part of SOE so far: My favorite part of SOE classes has been the cross-disciplinary contact with students who teach math, history, and science, and the great support from faculty. 

After graduation: I plan to teach and research multimodal/multimedia methods. I am also interested in researching and writing about what composition pedagogy can learn from online fan community writing practices. My dream alt-ac job would be developing digital pedagogy for museum outreach programs aimed at K12 students. 

Teach me something! The Matthaei Botanical gardens are a great place to go when winter runs long. 

Garcia’s program of study:
Joint Program in English and Education




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