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Rachel Sanders

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Rachel Kaminski Sanders received her doctoral degree in language and literacy education from The University of Georgia after producing a dissertation solely in the form of a museum exhibition. Using skills she acquired as an undergraduate in an apparel design program to write her research, Rachel brought attention to taken-for-granted traditions in education that continue to marginalize individuals through the privileging of written language, and subsequent marginalization of other language forms, through the language of dress. Rachel seeks to broaden the types of scholarly research compositions traditionally accepted within higher education, an area she feels is imperative to advancing academic research. As an artist, fashion designer, and educator, she hopes to bring art and fashion, femininity and the body, from the academic margins where they lie.

Prior to her doctoral program, Rachel taught seventh grade writing at a public arts magnet school in a rural district located in the state of South Carolina. The school offered a great opportunity to blend her interest in art and her passion for teaching. She has 10 years of teaching experience that includes both K-12 and post-secondary levels, with an emphasis on middle grades. Rachel is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She teaches courses focusing on adolescent reading and writing, as well as classroom management strategies.