Stephanie Anne Shelton is Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research in the College of Education at The University of Alabama, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Gender and Race Studies.
The 2020-21 academic year will be her fifth at UA.
Education and Work Experience
Dr. Shelton finished her Ph.D. at The University of Georgia in May 2016, where she also earned graduate certificates in Qualitative Research and Women's Studies. While at UGA, she taught courses in the Institute for Women's Studies and the Language and Literacy Education Department, including courses emphasizing feminist research methods. Prior to UGA, Dr. Shelton taught secondary English Language Arts and Classical Latin at Washington County High School in Sandersville, GA. Dr. Shelton currently evaluates curriculum and instruction for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program.
Dr. Shelton's research is interview- and focus group-based and often incorporates queer and feminist theories into examinations of secondary education. Previous studies have considered early-career high school teachers' efforts to construct public identities as LGBTQ+ allies and the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race in teachers' and students' classroom experiences. Current research projects include considering teachers' understandings of LGBTQ+ ally identity and ally work in sociopolitically conservative school spaces, expressions and formations of early-career teacher identities in longitudinal research, teachers understandings and enactments of "social justice" in peer discussions and classroom practice, and researchers' reflexivity through interview transcription practices.
Dr. Shelton's publications have appeared in a range of journals, including the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Qualitative Research Journal, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Teaching and Teacher Education, Sex Education, and Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, in addition to a variety of book chapters. Additionally, Dr. Shelton has a couple of books out. One is a co-edited volume titled Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia: Women's Narratives and Experiences in Higher Education, and the other is Narratives of Hope and Grief in Higher Education. A new book will be published in late 2020 or early 2021.
Dr. Shelton serves as Program Co-Chair both for AERA Division D: Section 3, Qualitative Research and for the AERA Queer Studies SIG and Treasurer for the AERA Arts-based Research SIG through 2022. She has previously served as the Chair of the AERA Division D Committee on Equity and Inclusion, Secretary/Treasurer of the AERA Queer Studies SIG, Vice Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English's Genders and Sexualities Equality Alliance, Co-Chair of the Literacy Research Association's Gender and Sexualities ICG, and Membership Co-Chair for the AERA Queer Studies SIG.