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Matt McParker

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Assistant Professor
Educational Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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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

EDS 446: Field Experience II

EDS 492: Student Teaching Seminar

Previous Courses

TSL 200: Introduction to English Language Learners and Advocacy

TSL 250: Educating Multilingual Learners

TSL 345: Intercultural Interactions


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

Research and publishing

McParker, M.C. (2023), "Early preservice teachers' development of social studies inquiry projects", Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

McParker, M. C. & Roberts, C. (2022). Understanding how preservice teachers conceive of social studies education. Iowa Journal for the Social Studies, 30(2), 115-139. Available at:

McParker, M. C. (2021). Where are we? A Process for Developing Elementary Inquiries. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 34(2).

Airen, O., Gambrell, J., Isbell, J., Scott, L. M., Ellis-Hervey, N. M., & McParker, M. (2021) "Microaggression: My Story as a Higher Education Professional," Journal of Multicultural Affairs: Vol. 6 : Iss. 1 , Article 8.
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McParker, M. C. (2018). Experiences of female refugee students from Burma in multicultural middle school classrooms. Middle Grades Review, 4(2), Article 5. Available at:

Thieman, G. Y., McParker, M. C., Leider, E. M., & Billingham, K. (2018). Preparing secondary social studies teachers to help English language learners to develop academic language and social studies disciplinary literacy. In de Oliveira L., & Obenchain K. (eds) Teaching History and Social Studies to English Language Learners. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Ruben, B., Rigelman, N., & McParker, M. (2016). Analysis of Stakeholder Perceptions of a Clinical Model Involving Co-Teaching and Extended-Field Experiences in an Inclusive Middle-Grades Setting. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 39(6), 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/19404476.2016.1171571



Matt McParker, Educational Studies, authored the article "Early Preservice Teachers' Development of Social Studies Inquiry Projects" in Social Studies Research and Practice published on Aug. 25 by Emerald Insight.

Submitted on: Aug. 29



Matt McParker and Charlotte Roberts, both Educational Studies, were named Co-Chairs of the Outreach and Special Projects Committee for Wisconsin Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education on Sept. 16. Drs. McParker and Roberts will oversee WI-NAME's statewide engagement and professional development initiatives for educators across the State of Wisconsin.

Submitted on: Oct. 5, 2022