Heather Pleasants, Ph.D.

Heather Pleasants, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor and Evaluation Consultant

Dr. Heather Pleasants received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2000) with a Language, Literacy, and Learning specialization from Michigan State University. She has worked in higher education and community contexts for the past twenty years. Her skill set includes qualitative research design and analysis, program assessment and evaluation, project development and management, community-based scholarship (especially community-university collaboration and family-school-community partnerships), and digital storytelling within secondary and post-secondary contexts.  Dr. Pleasants is the author or co-author of numerous publications on the use of literacy, digital media, and storytelling to capture the experiences of parents, students of color, K12 urban school teachers, and higher education students and faculty. Her most recent publication is “Introduction to the Scholarship of Engaged Collaboration, in “Digital Storytelling in Higher Education: International Perspectives,” in which she is a co-editor.

Citations for Articles and Books

Pleasants, H. (2017). Introduction to the Scholarship of Engaged Collaboration. In Digital Storytelling in Higher Education (pp. 317-320). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland.

Jamissen, G., Hardy, P., Nordkvelle, Y., & Pleasants, H. (2017). Digital storytelling in higher education. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Doi10, 978-3.

Edwards, P. A., Danridge, J. C., & Pleasants, H. M. (2000). Exploring Urban Teachers’ and Administrators’ Conceptions of At-Riskness. CIERA Report.

Danridge, J. C., Edwards, P. A., & Pleasants, H. M. (2000). Making kids winners: New perspectives about literacy from urban elementary school principals. The Reading Teacher53(8), 654-662.

Edwards, P. A., Pleasants, H. M., & Franklin, S. H. (1999). A Path To Follow. Learning To Listen to Parents. Heinemann, A Division of Reed Elsevier, Inc., 88 Post Road West, PO Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881; Web site: http://www.heinemann. com.

Edwards, P. A., & Pleasants, H. M. (1997). Uncloseting home literacy environments: Issues raised through the telling of parent stories. Early Child Development and Care127(1), 27-46.