Dr. Ernest Morrell

Dr. Ernest Morrell, Chair, is the Macy Professor of Education English Education; and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Morrell is also the immediate Past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

For nearly twenty years Dr. Morrell’s research has focused on drawing upon youth’s interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase motivation and to promote academic literacy development, civic engagement and college access.

He is also recognized nationally for developing powerful models of teaching and learning in classrooms and non-school environments and for engaging youth and communities in the project of educational reform. Dr. Morrell is a sought after speaker by universities, school districts, professional organizations, and private foundations.

He has also received several commendations for his teaching including being recognized five times by Who’s Who Among America’s High School teachers and receiving UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Morrell received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley and was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation award.


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