Melissa Mosley Wetzel

Melissa Mosley Wetzel

Associate Professor

Language & Literacy Studies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 334G
Tuesday: 9:30-12
Wednesday: 1-4
By appointment

(512) 232-1423

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
ED 670EA

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700


Melissa Mosley Wetzel is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy. Her research and teaching focus on how preservice teachers integrate critical literacy and culturally relevant practices into their field-based literacy teaching experiences. She is also interested in critical literacy learning across the lifespan, particularly how teachers and students together design literacy practices that are transformative. She draws on qualitative methods in her work, primarily critical discourse analysis and ethnography.



Representative Publications

Mosley, M. & Zoch, M. (2012). The Transformation of Practices in a Cross-Cultural Adult Literacy Practicum for Elementary Preservice Teachers: Culturally Responsive Teaching as Praxis. Teaching and Teacher Education, 28(1), 66-77.

Mosley, M. & Rogers, R. (2011) Inhabiting the “Tragic Gap”: Preservice Literacy Teachers Constructing Anti-Racist Identities. Teaching Education, 22(3), 303-324.

Mosley, M. (2010). "That Really Hit Me Hard": Moving beyond Passive Anti-Racism to Engage with Critical Race Literacy Pedagogy. Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(4), 449-471.

Mosley, M., Cary, L. J., & Zoch, M. (2010). Becoming Culturally Responsive: A Review of Learning in Field Experiences for Prospective Literacy Educators. In D. Wyse, R. Andrews, and J. Hoffman (Eds.) The International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching. London: Routledge.

Rogers, R, Mosley, M., Kramer, M. A. & The Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group. (2009). Designing Socially Just Learning Communities: Critical Literacy Education Across the Lifespan. New York: Routledge. 229 pp.

Research Interests and Expertise

Preservice Teacher Learning in Literacy, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis and Ethnography, New Literacy Studies and Multimodality

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • National Council on Research in Language and Literacy (NRCLL)—Board member and newsletter editor, 2010-present
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)—Field Council, 2012-present; Student Research Committee, 2010-present
  • College of Education, University of Texas at Austin—iPad Initiative Group, 2011-present; Faculty Co-Sponsor, Consortium for Research in Teacher Education, 2008-present
  • Department of Curriculum & Instruction—Foundations and Common Course Committee and Chair of Sub-Committee for Introduction to Teaching and Teacher Education, 2010-present; Chair of Committee to Develop Teacher Education Portfolio, 2009-present