Department of English

Michelle Devereaux

Associate Professor of English and English Education

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
English Building (EB 440), Room 124
Phone: 470-578-2361


Teaching at Kennesaw State University since 2010

Education: Ph.D., English Education, University of Virginia 

Specializations: Using language ideologies (power, society, and identity) to explore literature, writing, and students' lives; linguistics and sociolinguistics in the secondary English classroom; the form, function, and use of the English language; effective grammar instruction in the secondary English classroom; Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Courses Regularly Taught: Presentation in the English/Language Arts Classroom (ENGL 2271), Introduction to Language and Linguistics (ENGL 3035), Principles of Writing Instruction (ENGL 3310), Teaching of English/Language Arts (ENED 4414), Urban English/Language Arts Teaching (ENGL 4490, Special Topics Course), Language Studies in English (ENGL 7731)

Most Recent or Most Important Publications: Grammar to Get Things Done: A Practical Guide for Teachers Anchored in Real-World Usage (co-author, Dr. Darren Crovitz, 2017, co-publication, Routledge and NCTE), Teaching About Dialect Variations and Language in the Secondary English Classroom: Power, Prestige, and Prejudice (2015, Routledge, Winner of the 2016 CEE Richard A. Meade Award); "Code-Switching and Language Ideologies: Exploring Identity, Power, and Society in Dialectally Diverse Literature" (co-author, Rebecca Wheeler, English Journal , November, 2012)

Most Recent or Most Important Presentations: ""Grammar to Get Things Done: Building Use-Based Approaches into Thematic Units" (co-presenter, Darren Crovitz, National Council for Teachers of English Conference, November, 2016, Atlanta, GA); "The Power and Politics of Teaching Standard English" (Assembly on the Teaching of English Grammar Conference, August, 2016, Charlottesville, VA); "Exploring Borderlands: Understanding the Space Between Here and There, You and Me, He and She" (invited feature speaker at local school conference, Lyrical Literacies Conference, March, 2016); "Addressing Ideology, the Access Paradox, and the Push-Pull Effect for Students, Teachers, and Linguists" (co-presenter, Chris Palmer, Dialect Society of America/Linguistic Society of America National Conference, January, 2016, Washington D.C.); "Cultural Dissonance in the Classroom: How Cultural Differences Can Lead to Inequities in Discipline" (keynote speaker, International Symposium on Classroom Management, May, 2012, Wuhan, China)


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