Dr. Heather Pleasants, Ph.D.

Dr. Heather Pleasants is a Qualitative Analyst at ILC. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Language, Literacy and Learning from Michigan State University.

She has worked in higher education and community contexts for the past sixteen years. Dr. Pleasant’s skill set also includes program evaluation, project development and management, expertise in community-based scholarship (esp. community-university collaboration and family-school-community partnerships), and digital storytelling.

She has provided qualitative data collection and analysis to ILC for 10 years. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and instructor of qualitative research methods. Her scholarship focuses on issues of voice, leadership, storytelling and identity, particularly as these are connected to the lives and experiences of individuals who have been historically marginalized. Her most recent publication is “Community-Based Mulitliteracies and Digital Media Projects: Questioning Assumptions, Exploring Realities” (co-edited with Dana Salter, published by Peter Lang, 2014).