Heather Coffey

Heather Coffey

Professor & Program Director (M.Ed. C & I)


Dr. Heather Coffey is Professor of English Language Education in the Department of Middle, Secondary and K-12 Education and serves as the Director of the UNC Charlotte Writing Project. She completed her Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Her research interests include ways to develop critical literacy with urban learners, bridging the gap between educational theory and practice in teacher education, and supporting in-service teachers in urban school settings through professional development. Dr. Coffey has been recognized widely for her excellence and teaching and commitment to service. She has received the AERA, Service-Learning and Experiential Education SIG Outstanding Conference Submission Award (2021), UNC Charlotte’ s Bank of America Teaching Excellence Award (2020), and was the nominee for the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Award.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
Masters of Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Elon University, 1998

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Urban Education
Teacher Preparation
English Education
Critical Literacy

Awards & Honors

AERA, Constructivist Theory, Research and Practice SIG Outstanding Conference Submission Award, 2016