Monica Mckinney

Monica McKinney

Professor, Education; Director of Graduate Programs John E. Weems Graduate School


303 Ledford

(919) 760-8056

StrongPoints® Strengths: Input, Intellection, Learner, Adaptability, Connectedness.


Professional Biography

I joined the Meredith faculty in 2000 and have taught many courses both in the college’s general education program and in the Department of Education. My interests span several disciplines but connect around the interrelationships among culture, schools and society. I am also interested in teacher action research and placemaking as an experiential and social process. My expertise is in Elementary Education and teaching multilingual learners (ESL). Before coming to Meredith, I was an instructor at Wake Forest and UNC-Chapel Hill. I directed the evaluation of the A+ Schools Program, an arts-based reform effort, and worked with DPI’s Office of Educational Reform on their GOALS 2000 School Improvement Grant project.  In addition to my service to the Department of Education, I serve as Director of Graduate Programs for the college.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed. Meredith College
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Credentials

North Carolina Teaching License, K-6, ESL


Action Research. Annual (2017-current) Institute Presenter.  Research Institute for Scholars of Equity (RISE): Conducting Mixed Methods Research to Improve Academic Outcomes among PK-20 African American and Latino/a Children, Youth and Young Adults—a collaboration between North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Duke University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

Harnessing the Power of Placemaking in the Culturally Responsive Classroom. With Cindy Morton-Rose and Laura Prestwood). Presentation at the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual conference. September, 2023, Raleigh, NC.

Placemaking in the College Classroom…Beyond the First Day.  With Laura Prestwood.  Presentation at the NC State University Conference on Faculty Excellence: Stronger Together annual conference.  March, 2023.  Raleigh, NC.

Collaborating in the ALL Block to Impact Student Progression.  With Sherry Poole and Elizabeth Coyne.  Workshop session presented at the ESL Professional Series meeting.  March, 2019.  Raleigh, NC.

Resisting Audit Culture through Philosophy: Beginning and Veteran Teachers Reflect on Teaching and the Purposes of Education.  With Mary Kay Delaney.  Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association annual conference.  November, 2018. Greenville, SC


Laura Harrill Presidential Award for Service to the College (2008) and (2018)

School of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Award Scholarly Activity Award (2010)

Pauline Davis Perry Award of the Faculty Applied Meredith Endowment for Research and Publication (2004)

Phi Delta Kappa, Carolina Chapter, “Outstanding Research Award” (2000)


Delaney, M., McKinney, M., George, C. & Bower, H.  (2020).  On Doing Critical Mentoring.  In M. Sánchez & M.B. Sankofa Waters, (Eds.), How We Got Here: The Role of Critical Mentoring and Social Justice Praxis.  Boston, MA: Brill.

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