Dr. Heller teaches in the Ph.D. program, is director of the Individually Designed Ph.D. program, and is a prolific researcher and writer.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: The connection of reading and writing to selfhood, particularly for refugee populations
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Ph.D. studies; qualitative research
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Nature of Inquiry: a philosophy of research course
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Research
Issues in Research
Education: Ed.D., University of California at Berkeley; M.F.A., Bennington College; B.A., University of Chicago
Professor Heller brings her background as an urban educator, qualitative researcher of out-of-school literacy settings, writer for the Teaching Tolerance Program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and archival researcher for her present study of central Europe before the war, to her research courses at Lesley. Heller is particularly interested in the intersection between qualitative research and journalism, and in helping qualitative researchers write well about their areas of study.
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