Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
602F Allen Hall
After teaching young students in progressive public school settings in rural and semi-urban districts in Wisconsin for six years and working in early childhood preschool and care settings for three years, Dr. Melissa Sherfinski earned a doctorate in Curriculum Theory and Research from UW-Madison as a Wisconsin-Spencer Fellow. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses for the development of pre-service and in-service teachers and teacher educators. She also mentors PhD and EdD candidates. Dr. Sherfinski was recognized as a semi-finalist in the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship competition. Currently, she is studying Kindergarten practices, universal approaches to preschool across two states, and teaching and assessment practices in early childhood and elementary education.
Her other research interests include inclusive, multicultural, and place-based curricula/pedagogies, home-school relationships and homeschooling, and narrative, ethnographic and case study research. Her forthcoming book is Preservice teacher development and assessment in early childhood and elementary education: A place-based approach to identities, culture, and change. (Teachers College Press). Recently, she was elected national Chair-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Education and Child Development Special Interest Group.