Kirsten Dara Hill, Ph.D.

Professor, Reading and Language Arts
Dara Hill, Ph.D.
College of Education, Health, and Human Services
C9 Fairlane Center South | 19000 Hubbard Drive | Dearborn, MI 48126

Teaching Areas:

Elementary Certification, M.A. in Education

Research Areas:

Literacy, Multicultural Education, Urban Education

Biography and Education

K. Dara Hill pursued her doctoral studies at Michigan State University in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, with a concentration in Literacy, Language and Culture. Her M.Ed. is from Wayne State University where she received her reading specialist endorsement. She received her AB.Ed. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

She previously taught at California State University, Fresno, California; Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; the Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Grosse Pointe, Michigan; the Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, Michigan.

Her research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, the role of language in literacy acquisition, and discourse analysis. Current research projects include examining Detroit parents’ negotiation of school choice and preparing pre-service teachers for reading pedagogy in urban schools. She has presented her research findings at local, national, and international conferences, including: Literacy Research Association, American Educational Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Michigan Reading Association, the Learning Conference, the International Literacy Association, and the European Conference on Reading.