Beth Lehman

Beth Lehman

Office Phone: (540) 432-4636


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 202B

Assistant Professor

Education Dept

Beth Lehman is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. She earned her PhD in Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University, an MA in English Education at Indiana University, and an MA in English at Butler University. Beth’s past work in education includes teaching middle school language arts, middle school literacy coaching, consulting in the teaching of writing, and working within urban high school reform as a teaching and learning coach. Participation in the Hoosier Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, deeply influenced Beth’s professional concerns. Additionally, Beth’s work with equity-focused urban school reform impacts her educational priorities. Beth’s research and teaching interests include: the teaching of writing and critical literacy, the development of teacher identities and teacher discourses, and the roles of narrative in school reform and educational research. Beth enjoys teaching, learning and researching within and across educational settings as a means for building partnerships, exploring multiple meanings, and seeking equity and inclusion within richly diverse learning communities.

  • Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2011)
  • M.S. in English Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2004)
  • M.A. in English from Butler University, Indianapolis, IN (2001)
  • B.A. in English Education and Minor in Peace Studies from Goshen College, Goshen, IN (1991)
  • Lehman, B. (2012). Susanna’s Bicycle. Online Journal: Center for Mennonite Writing .
  • Lehman, B. (2004). Writing Partners: A Collaborative Teacher Research Project. Linking: The Newsletter of the Indiana Staff Development Council . ISDC: Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Harste, J., Ariogul, S., Sanner, D., East, D., Enyeart, J. A., Lehman, B., Reeves, G. S. (2003). New Times: First-Person Shooter Games Go to College. 52nd Yearbook of the National Reading Conference . NRC, Inc: Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • Lehman, B. (2013, February). Transformation, Adaptation and Rhizomatic Wanderings: Examining School Reform Narratives beyond Success or Failure. 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Lehman, B. & Zahner, M. (2012, October). Writing Possible Selves: The Benefits of a Collaborative Writing Partnership between Linguistically Diverse Middle School Students and Pre-service Teachers. Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of English Teachers, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Lehman, B. (2011, October). “Too good to be true or is it hope?”: Exploring critical hope and false hope in school reform narratives. Bergamo Conference of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Adams, S., and Lehman, B. (2010, October). (Re)Membering what never was: Indulging our nostalgia for a school reform that almost happened. Bergamo Conference of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Bleicher, Connie., Fox, S., Lehman, B. (2009, October). Rigor: the fourth ‘R’. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2006, April). Writing partners. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lehman, B., Hoffman, K., Lawson, D., and Akers, J. (2005, October). Complicating literacy. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2004, November). Writing partners. National Council of Teachers of English, Indianapolis, IN
  • Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2004, October). Writing partners. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Lehman, B., Enyeart, J., Reeves, G. (2004, February). Literacies of first person shooter games: Literacy educators explore possibilities in the computer game genre. National Council of Teachers of Education Assembly on Research, Berkeley, California.
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • Nomination for School of Education Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (Indiana University College of Education, Fall 2011)
  • Summer Teaching Grant for Course Expansion and Redesign (EMU, Spring 2012)
Certifications and Licenses
  • Indiana State Teaching License, English Language Arts 5-12
Professional Memberships
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • International Reading Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Association of Multicultural Education
Professional Conferences Attended
  • 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum (Philadelphia, PA, February 22-23, 2013)
    *Knowing, Nurturing and Educating Students as Diverse Learners: Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (Richmond, VA October 26-27, 2012)
  • Developing Global Citizens in Schools, Higher Education and the Community: 5th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (Cleveland, March 16-17, 2012)
New Courses Taught
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Literature
  • Special Methods: English
  • Examining Foundations of Education
  • Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Content Area Reading and Writing
  • Middle School Curriculum and Organization
  • Writing/Reading Strategies for the Collaborative Classroom (MA)
EMU Service
  • MLK Day Planning Committee
  • Writing Partnership with THMS
  • Committee on Teacher Education (COTE)
  • Committee on Reflective Practice (CORP)
  • Education Department TGIW Session: What is it to teach boldly?