Rick Marlatt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied English Education and New Literacies Studies within the Literacy, Language, and Culture tract of the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education program. His research focuses on equity-driven literacy education settings that provide innovative digital integration accompanied by a critical framework for maintaining constructive, multicultural learning opportunities. Dr. Marlatt is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator with a broad range of literacy teaching experiences including two years in elementary as an America Reads tutor; seven years as a middle school literacy, language arts, and geography teacher; three years teaching high school literature and composition; and three years teaching English, literacy, and multidisciplinary methods courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Marlatt has a passion for inclusive pedagogy that challenges the single story of cultural competency and positions teachers to facilitate social interaction that impacts the success of students in varied school settings, especially racially and linguistically diverse learners whose ethnic backgrounds, cultural experiences, and rich funds of knowledge are assets teachers can embrace in order to celebrate multiple voices. In addition to sharing his literacy work in publications and at conferences, Dr. Marlatt is the author of three poetry collections and regularly publishes works of literary criticism. He has also earned a number of film credits for screenwriting and art direction. Currently, he is researching implementation of technology and digital pedagogies of literature teachers in local schools. He teaches English Language Arts methods in the Secondary Education program as well as courses on technology, literacy, and writing in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program.
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