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Gerri August

Gerri August Henry Barnard School (HBS) 219
(401) 456-8466
(401) 456-8830

​Academic Background

Barrington College
B.A., English and Biblical Studies
Providence College
M.A., Biblical Studies
University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College
Ph.D., Education

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses
FNED 346: Schooling in a Democratic Society
SED 407: Instructional Methods, Design, and Literacy
Graduate Courses
EDP 611: Issues and Problems in Education Inquiry
EDP 680: Critical Discourse Analysis
EDP 699: Doctoral Dissertation Research
SED 565: Disciplinary Literacy and Curriculum Research
FNED 502: Social Issues in Education


Gerri August, a professor in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, joined the faculty of Rhode Island College in 2005. She is the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies and is on the faculty of the Joint PhD in Education. In her current work with teachers and teacher candidates, she explores the structural leverages of privilege and power in classrooms.

Research Interests

Dr. August's research interests include the practice of democratic, transformative pedagogy and the dysconscious bias of teachers/teacher candidates. She is particularly committed to critical discourse analysis of classroom conversations regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Presentations and Publications


August, G. (2014). Making room for one another: Dialogicality in a kindergarten classroom. New York: Peter Lang.

Vaccaro, A., August, G., & Kennedy, M. (2012). Safe spaces: Making schools and communities welcoming to LGBT youth. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.


August, G. (2015). Heroes in an urban kindergarten: (Un)Intentional lessons in critical agency. Paper presented at Critical Questions in Education, Academy for Educational Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Horwitz, J., August, G., & Laplante, J. (2015). Context matters: Clinal prep in the Innovation Lab. Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

August, G. (2014). What educators should know and be able to do to narrow the racial achievement gap. In F. Gallo (Chair). Education Equity. Panel, Central Falls School District.

August, G. (2013). From Straight-laced to safe spaces: Journey toward LGBT-inclusive classrooms. Rhode Island Writing Project. Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

August, G. (2012). If you're safe and you know it, clap your hands. Promising Practices, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

Grants and Awards

Clinical Practice Fellow, Association of Teacher Educators (2014-present)

Education Alliance Fellow, Project BRITE, Brown University (2010-2012) ​​​​

Page last updated: September 19, 2017