Shelli Fowler bio photo

Shelli Fowler

Associate Professor
(804) 828-8226
Anderson 209


BA San Jose State University
MA, PhD The University of Texas at Austin

Research/Teaching Focus

African American Literature; Critical Pedagogy / Inclusive Teaching and Learning for the 21st c.; Rhetoric/Composition


Included in English Studies: Learning Climates That Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity, co-edited with Victor Villanueva. Washington, DC: NCTE / AAHE Press, 2002.

Recent/Selected Publications

"Close Encounters that Foster Change: What Alice Sheldon and PPE 2020 Can Tell Us About Educational Futures," Policy Futures in Education, 2021.

"Life 101: An interview with Michael Wesch." EDUCAUSE Review, 51:6, 2016.

"‘Pink Time’: Evidence of Self-regulated Learning and Academic Motivation among Undergraduate Students," with T.D. Baird, D. Kniola, & A. Lewis. Journal of Geography, 114:4, 2015.

"Breakthrough Models Academy: Focusing on Innovation that Transforms Higher Education," Next Generation Learning Challenges, 2013.

"Multimodal Literacy and Cultural Identities: 21st-century Technologies and Issues of 'Self-Authorship' and 'Voice' in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education," with Sheila Carter-Tod in the International Journal of the Humanities, Vol., 3, 2006.

"Negotiating Textual Terrain: A Conversation on Critical and Pedagogical Interventions in the Teaching of Ethnic Autobiography," with T.A. Lopez, K. Shanley, C.C. Simpson & T. Yamamoto, in Asian American Women: Frontiers Reader, M. Sciachitano & L. Vo, eds., University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

"Marking the Body, Demarcating the Body Politic: Issues of Agency and Identity in Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon: A Tale of Southern Slave Life and Dessa Rose," College Language Association Journal, 40:4, 1997.

Recent Presentations

"Disrupting the Default Mode of Passive Knowledge Consumer: Fostering Critically Engaged, Self-reflexive Learners via Interdisciplinary Curriculum and an Inclusive Pedagogical Praxis," Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), Detroit, October 2018.

"Creating Spaces for a Liberatory Praxis in General Education Curriculum," Freire@50 Pedagogy Conference, University of South Carolina, October 2018.

"Redesigning and Reframing a Common Book Program to Initiate Critically Engaged, Civic Learning in the First Semester," Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS), Pittsburgh, September 2018..

Invited Lectures/Keynotes

"Faculty and Student Roles in Increasing Student Engagement" IDEA Institute (Instituto de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje), Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador, November 2019.

"A Freirean Praxis for All Disciplines: From the Humanities to the Social Sciences to STEM," GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy, Virginia Tech, October 2019.

"Redesigning Our Pedagogical Praxis for Inclusive Excellence in STEM-H," Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Summer Institute, Virginia Tech, June 2019.

"Innovation and Learning," Montgomery College Teaching Forum, Rockville, MD, February 2015.

"Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement: What’s Curiosity Got To Do With It?” Babson, Olin, & Wellesley, Three­‐College Collaboration Initiative, Needham, MA, January 2013.

"By Design: Grassroots Development for Strategic Gains," with Anne H. Moore, invited presentation as the 2005 EDUCAUSE National Award winners for Systemic Progress in Teaching & Learning, Dallas, October 2005.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interview on LGBTQIA inclusion, EDUCAUSE DEI Initiative, February 2017:


Faculty photo by Sherri D. Yarp – 2019