Faculty Profiles

Dr. Michael Sherry

associate Professor, english education

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Email: mbsherry@usf.edu
Office: USF Tampa campus, EDU 302-X
Phone: (813) 974-3533


Dr. Sherry holds a BA from Princeton University, and an MA and PhD from Michigan State University. Before joining the USF faculty in 2015, he taught English teachers in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dr. Sherry began his teaching career as a middle and high school literature and drama teacher in New Jersey and has also taught in Europe.


Dr. Sherry teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in classroom communication, English teaching methods, and writing pedagogies. He specializes in developing professional practices through the use of tools like reflective writing, digital video, and teacher portfolios.

Research and publications

Dr. Sherry’s research addresses how teacher response during whole-class discussions and to student writing can enable and constrain participation, especially from students who are often marginalized by traditional classroom discourse practices. His research has appeared in Research in the Teaching of English, American Educational Research Journal, English Education, and Teachers College Record. His current work includes the Student Writing Archive Project, an online database of student writing with teacher feedback accompanied by instructional materials and interview commentary from elementary, middle, and high school teachers in diverse linguistic/geographic regions across the U.S.

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Dr. Sherry serves as a co-editor of Writers Who Care, an online publication dedicated to authentic writing instruction. He has also served as chair or member of national committees like NCTE’s Promising Young Writers Advisory Board.