Heidi L. Hallman

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 338
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

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.

Teaching Interests

  • English/ Language Arts
  • Teacher identity
  • Service learning
  • Methods and field experiences in English/ Language Arts teacher 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.

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural theories of Language and Literacy
  • Pre-service teacher preparation in English/ Language Arts Education at the middle and secondary level
  • Social Contexts of Language and Literacy Development
  • At-risk learners
  • Ethnographic and Qualitative approaches to research


Dr. Hallman is involves in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Selected Publications

Hallman, H. L., & Burdick, M. N (2015). Community Fieldwork in Teacher Education: Theory and Practice, New York: Routledge.

Hallman, H., Pasternak, D. L, Caughlan, S., Renzi, L., & Rush, L. (2014). Teaching English language arts methods in the United States: A review of the research. Review of Education, 2(2), 146-185.

Pasternak, D., Caughlan, S., Hallman, H. L., Renzi, L., & Rush, L. (2014). Teaching English language arts methods in the United States: A review of the research. Review of Education , 2(2), 146-185. DOI:10.1002/rev3.3031

Hallman, H. L. (2012). Community-Based Field Experiences in Teacher Education: Possibilities for a pedagogical third space. Teaching Education, 23(3), 241-263.

Selected Grants

Pasternak, Donna, (Co-Principal), Caughlan, Samantha, (Co-Principal), Hallman, Heidi, (Co-Principal), Renzi, Laura, (Co-Principal), Rush, Leslie, (Co-Principal), , How are English teacher preparation programs educating English teachers to teach in the 21st century? A study of the current practices used to educate English teachers in a time of accountability. , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, $250,000, Submitted 02/01/2014 (07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015). Other University. Status: Funded.

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

Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award