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Baker-Bell Named LRA STAR Fellow, Joins NCTE Research Committee

Assistant Professor April Baker-Bell has been named a Fellow with the Literacy Research Association (LRA) STAR mentoring program. She also was invited to join the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Standing Committee on Research.

“NCTE is a very large organization, and for a junior faculty member only in her second year to be asked to join this important committee is impressive,” said David Prestel, Professor and CAL Senior Associate Dean for Research and Administration. “Similarly, the LRA STAR appointment as a fellow goes to only six faculty members for each two-year cohort.”

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) and the African American and African Studies program, Baker-Bell also assists English Education faculty in the College of Arts & Letters with coordinating, re-envisioning, and maintaining an English Education program serving urban communities surrounding MSU.

With more than 10 years’ experience teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels, Baker-Bell’s research is situated in critical studies of African American Language at the intersections of literacy and pedagogy. Its primary goal is to align theory and research on language and literacy with classroom practice across K-U settings.

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