Maureen Hall, PhD


STEM Education & Teacher Development




Liberal Arts 398C


University of VirginiaPhD
University of VirginiaMA
University of Massachusetts AmherstBA


  • Literacies and Deep Reading
  • Contemplative Practice and Contemplative Pedagogy
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Place-Based Learning
  • Foundations of Education



Critical examination of the field of education from multiple perspectives. This course provides a means for students to critically examine what it means to be a teacher beyond knowing their area's content to engage creative, humanistic, philosophical, and aesthetic tenets of teaching. Outside speakers and experiential learning will provide opportunities integral to a broader understanding of the field of education.

Skills to recognize and examine everyday language and literacy repertoires of students from diverse backgrounds will be developed. The course explores topics such as popular culture, digital story-telling, multi-model literacies, including different modes of expression and communication, both in formal and informal education settings.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

A variable topics course for education topics of current interest. Recently offered topics include authentic assessment, leadership mentoring, and teaching and learning. May be repeated with change of content.
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Preservice teacher pathway. The course emphasizes an awareness of multiple pedagogical models of teaching and the advantages/disadvantages of each. Preservice teachers practice lesson planning and authentic assessment in order to develop student understanding. Students focus on of issues of equity and diversity and creating classroom opportunities where all students have the opportunity to learn. Co-Requisite - EDU537.
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Research Activities

  • Grant from Mind and Life Institute: The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Social Integration and Well-Being in First-Semester College Students. PI: Dr. Aminda O’Hare, Psychology Department. CO- PIs: Dr. Maureen P. Hall; Dr. Brian Ayotte, Psychology Department, Dr. Elizabeth Lehr, English Department. Agency: Mind and Life 1440 Award. Period: September 2016- May 2017. Requested: $15,000.00. Status: Funded. Submitted, February 8, 2016. Awarded: May 5, 2016.


Research Interests

  • Contemplative Practice and Pedagogies
  • Deep Reading and Lectio Divina
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Place-Based Learning
  • Mindfulness in Education

Select publications

Dalton, J.E., Hall. M.P., & Hoyser, C.E. (2019).The whole person: Embodying teaching and learning through lectio and visio divina. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education Division.

Oliver, K., Hall, M.P., Dalton, J., Jones, L., Watson, V., Santavicca, N., & Hoyser, C. (2019).Drawing out the soul: contemporary arts integration. International Journal of Education through Art (IJETA).

Dr. Hall holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. In 2003, she joined the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She was originally in the Education Department, then the Teaching and Learning Department, and, since 2013, she has been a member of the STEM Education and Teacher Development Department. She has taught a range of courses including Psychological and Social Foundations of Education, Critical Literacies, Critical Issues, and has also supervised practicum experiences for students. Her research focuses on the intersections between and among literacies, mindfulness, Holistic Education, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL); she has published more than 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals and her books include Transforming Literacy: Changing Lives through Reading and Writing (Emerald Publishing, 2011) and The Whole Person: Embodying Teaching and Learning through Lectio and Visio Divina (Rowman & Littlefield) with Jane Dalton and Catherine Hoyser.

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