Mary Beth Schaefer

Associate Professor
EdD, Literacy, University of PennsylvaniaMA, Supervision and Administration, Texas Woman's UniversityMA, English Literature, Queens College (CUNY)BA, Secondary Education, Queens College City University of New York
Mary Beth Schaefer recently completed (6/1/2020) a two-year commitment as Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Education. She is now Associate Professor of Adolescent Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. She holds a doctorate in Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently published articles in English Teaching: Practice & Critique and in Middle Grades Review. Other recent outlets include Urban Education, Middle School Journal and The Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy. The focus of her research is on adolescent literacies; middle grade students’ college and career readiness; and responses to literature. She recently co-edited book on parent research (2020) published with Brill, along with Sandra Abrams (first author) and Dan Ness (third author).

Teaching Interests

Literacy Acquisition and Development
Developing Effective Strategies to Teach English Methods
Middle School Teaching Methods
Understanding the Middle Level Learner

Research Interests

*College and Career Readiness in Secondary Schools
*Middle Grades
*Literary Responses and Understandings among Young Adolescents
*Martial Arts and Literacy
*College-School Partnerships

Courses Taught

EDU
1012
LANG AQUISITION& LITERACY/ADOL
EDU
1094
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: FOR LANG
EDU
1096
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: ENGLISH
EDU
7107T
METHODS OF TEACHING MIDDLE GR
EDU
7296
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: ENGLISH
EDU
8013
ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Solomon, S., and Schaefer, M. (2019). From the Schoolyard to the Campus: Helping Middle Grades Students See Themselves as Future College Students. Westerville, Ohio: Middle School Journal. vol. 50, pp. 33-41.

Schaefer, M. B. (2017). Middle Grades Students' Understandings of What it Means to Read in a High-Stakes Environment. Newark, Delaware: Journal of Adult & Adolescent Literacy. vol. 61, pp. 247-256.

Schaefer, M., Malu, K. F., and Yoon, B. (2016). An Historical Overview of the Middle School Movement (1963-2015). Milton Park, Abingdon/Taylor& Francis Group: Research in Middle Level Education/Taylor & Francis. vol. 39, pp. 1-27.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. Educational Experiences that Matter to Seniors Graduating From an Urban Early College High School. SAGE publications: Urban Education. pp. 38 .

Yoon, B., Malu, K. F., Schaefer, M., Reyes, C., and Brinegar, K. (2015). Comprehensive and Critical Review of Middle Grades Research and Practice: 2000-2013.. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 10, pp. 1-16.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2014). Working Collaboratively in a Small Secondary School to Facilitate Career Development. Ashland, Ohio/Ashland University: American Secondary Education. vol. 43, pp. 51-68.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2014). "Just Chillin' on the Quad:" Middle Grades Students in College. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 9, pp. 91-107.

Schaefer, M., and Cannova, T. (2014). Navigating Service in Untenured Waters: What it Means to be a Service-Learning Mentor. Greensboro, North Carolina/University of North Carolina: Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. vol. 5, pp. 4-23.

Schaefer, M. (2014). Facilitating College Readiness through Campus Life Activities.. Milton Park, Abingdon: Research in Middle Level Education Online. vol. 37, pp. 1-19.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2013). The Prickly Embrace of Engaged Scholarship: What it means to do Research in an Urban Secondary School. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. vol. 11, pp. 67-78.

Schaefer, M. (2013). High Stakes: Teaching Against the Test in an Urban ELA Classroom. Albany, New York: The English Record. vol. 63, pp. 1-43.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2012). College and Career Readiness in the Middle Grades. Charlotte, North Carolina: Middle Grades Research Journal/Information Age Publishing. vol. 7, pp. 51-66.

Schaefer, M. (2011). Becoming a Good Teacher: Struggles from the Swampland. Voices from the Middle/National Council of Teachers of English. vol. 19, pp. 41-45.

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. (2011). Partnering for College and Career Readiness. Academic Exchange Quarterly. vol. 15, pp. 131-136.

Schaefer, M., Rivera, L. M., and Ophals, E. (2010). Creating a Collaborative Career Development Program for Middle School Students. Middle School Journal/Association for Middle Level Education. vol. 42, pp. 30-38.

Books Chapters

Lemley, S., and Schaefer, M. (2018). Literacy as a Tool for Integrating Curriculum in the Middle Grades. In: Literature reviews in support of the Middle Level Education Research Agenda (pp. x-x). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.. Charlotte, NC: pp. 111-154.

Schaefer, M., and Malu, K. F. (2015). Directions for Future Research: Young Adolescents and Literacy. In: Research on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents. Charlotte, North Carolina: pp. 267-273.

Malu, K. F., and Schaefer, M. (2015). Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Young Adolescents. In: Research on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents. Charlotte, North Carolina: pp. xxiii-xxvi.

Others

Schaefer, M., and Rivera, L. M. College and Career Readiness. In: The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education (2nd ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.