Rachael Gabriel

Associate Professor

Expertise: Literacy, Reading, Policy, Teacher Quality, Discourse Analysis

Curriculum & Instruction


Associate Professor

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. Education: Literacy Studies; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
MAT: Secondary English; American University, Washington, DC
BA: English & Psychology; University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


Rachael Gabriel is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Connecticut. She is the author or editor of several books for literacy teachers and education researchers and serves on the editorial boards of five major journals focused on literacy, education research and policy. Rachael’s career in education began as a middle school reading teacher in Washington, DC. Since then Rachael has worked as a literacy specialist, new teacher advisor and reading intervention provider. She earned a PhD in Literacy Studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and holds graduate certificates in both quantitative and qualitative research methods in education. Rachael is a former fellow of the Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee and current associate of the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA), and the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CPED) at the University of Connecticut. Rachael’s research interests include: teacher development and evaluation, as well as literacy instruction, interventions, and related policies.  Her current projects investigate supports for adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, and tools for teacher evaluation. 

Books/Edited Volumes

Making Teacher Evaluation Work: A guidebook for teachers and leaders (Heinemann, 2017)
Discursive Perspectives on Education Policy & Implementation (Palgrave, 2017)
Reading’s Non-Negotiables: Elements of effective reading instruction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
Evaluating Literacy Instruction: Principles and Promising Practices (Routledge, 2015)
Performances of Research: Critical issues in K-12 education (Peter Lang, 2013)


Curriculum Vitae

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