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Jennifer Lapointe, Ph.D.

Adjunct for Composition (English)



Ph.D. (Education: Teaching, Curriculum, and Change), University of Rochester, expected 2014

M.F.A (Creative Writing, with emphasis in fiction), Inland Northwest Center for Writers, Eastern Washington University

B.A. (Communication Studies with English minor), University of North Carolina at Wilmington


Co-director of the Genesee Valley Writing Project, University of Rochester

Research Interests:

Content area literacy, K-12 writing pedagogies, adolescent literacy research, disability studies in education, equity in education, social class, identity research, literacy assessment, creative writing pedagogies, pre-service teacher preperation

Sample Publications/Presentations:

  • Lapointe, J.S (2012, December). “Writing on the inside”: Literacy practices of students identified with disabilities in a seventh grade inclusion classroom. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Lapointe, J.S. (2012, November). “Writing makes me feel good”: Identity development of middle school students with individualized education plans (IEPs) in inclusive settings. Poster presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Lapointe, J.S (2012, February). “Good morning, scholars”: Identity development of middle school writers in a 7th grade inclusion classroom. Work-in-progress presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Courses Taught

CMP 101 Principles of Writing

CMP 320 Creative Writing

CMP 341 The Composing Process