School of Education

Erin Whitney, EdD

Assistant Professor
Concurrent Program Coordinator


  • EdD in Reading / Writing / Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
    • Dissertation Title: Multimodal Composition as Inclusive Pedagogy: An Inquiry into the Interplay of Race, Gender, Dis/ability, and Multimodality in an Urban Middle School
    • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Amy Stornaiuolo, UC Berkeley
  • Professional Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language, Drexel University, 2011
  • MPA in School Supervision and Administration, City University of New York, Baruch College, 2006
  • MA in Special Education, College of Saint Rose, 1995 
  • BA in English/ Photography, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Erin Whitney offers significant professional experience working with students in a variety of multicultural learning environments. Having been a K-12 practitioner for eighteen years in upstate New York, Hawaii, New York City and Philadelphia, she has experience both in the classroom and as a school leader and coach in rural and urban schools. As a teacher educator, Dr. Whitney brings a commitment to literacy education, inclusion, collaboration, and practitioner inquiry.

Dr. Whitney’s research uses qualitative methods to explore multimodal literacies as an avenue for deep and sustained learning, and she is particularly interested in the potential for 21st century technologies to reframe definitions of what it means to be literate, thereby repositioning “struggling” and “disabled” learners as capable contributors. She has presented alongside colleagues at national conferences including the American Educational Research Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Ethnography in Education Research Forum.

Portrait of Erin Whitney, EdD