Profile for Matt McParker

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Specialty area(s)

Social Studies Education

Multicultural Education

Mid-Level Education

Brief biography

Dr. McParker is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  He earned an EdD in 2016 from Portland State University, focusing his research on the experiences of female students in middle school who were refugees from Burma (Myanmar).  Prior to coming to La Crosse, Dr. McParker was a middle school teacher and adjunct professor in Portland, OR, where he worked with students in 6th grade through graduate school from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds.  His broad research interests include social studies education, the experiences of students from marginalized populations, and how to prepare future teachers to work with diverse student populations.

Current courses at UWL

EDS 402: Field Experience I

EDS 413: Teaching Social Studies: EC-MC/MC-EA

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

TSL 200: Introduction to English Language Learners and Advocacy


2016: Ed.D. -- Educational Leadership - Curriculum and Instruction, Portland State University, Portland, OR

2006: M.A.T., Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

2002: B.A. -- Anthropology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Teaching history

2019-present: Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

2016-2019: Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, Portland, OR

2006-2019: Middle School Social Studies, Language Arts, and Reading Teacher, Ron Russell Middle School, Portland, OR