Dr. Heather McEntarfer

  Dr. Heather McEntarfer

Dr. Heather McEntarfer

Associate Professor

Fenton Hall 240 Fenton Hall

(716) 673-3859

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Ph.D., University at Buffalo

I attended an MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh, where I wrote about school desegregation, and a PhD program in English Education at the University at Buffalo, where I studied teacher candidates' work around gender and sexuality in a teacher education program.

Teaching Interests

Diversity in education English Education Adolescent literature Literacy and technology Creative writing.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on preparing teacher candidates to work with diverse groups of students, and particularly to think deeply about gender, gender identity, and sexuality. I am interested in the learning made possible around these issues through the reading and writing of narratives. Recently, I have been researching the perceptions among faculty and transgender students concerning university chosen names policies.

Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher and UUP (2016).

Current Research

  • The Experiences of Transgender Teachers and Teacher Candidates

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Guidelines for Affirming Gender Identity Through ELA Curriculum and Pedagody," National Council of Teachers of English (2021).
  • "Faculty Perceptions of and Experiences with Chosen Names Policies and Non-binary Pronouns," Teaching in Higher Education (N/A).