Dr. Gerri S. August

Department, Office, or School
Department of Educational Studies
  • Professor

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.


Barrington College 
B.A., English and Biblical Studies

Providence College
M.A., Biblical Studies

University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College
Ph.D., Education

Selected 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


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

Grants and Awards

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

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