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Sakeena Everett

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education

Portrait of Sakeena Everett

Contact Information

  • 706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)

Office Location

309C Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Justice-oriented education
  • Elementary and secondary literacy pedagogies
  • Humanizing & decolonizing research methodologies
  • Urban education and teacher preparation

Research Interests

  • Black male students
  • Writing development
  • Consequential literacy pedagogies
  • Graduate student scholarly development

Programs of Study


Dr. Sakeena Everett is an assistant professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She is a native New Yorker (Brooklyn), avid literacy advocate, and expert in urban education, teacher education, and literacy education. Her research and teaching focus on the literacy development of Black male students in elementary and secondary schools; literacy teacher preparation; culturally sustaining pedagogies; critical perspectives in education; and transformative educational experiences for students, teachers, and administrators. Dr. Everett has taught elementary and secondary students, prepared prospective teachers, and provided professional development for in-service educators across multiple school districts in the U.S., including the nation's largest urban school districts in Chicago, Detroit, and Houston. Furthermore, Dr. Everett designed and implemented a consequential literacy pedagogy that centered the writing and educational experiences of academically high-achieving Black male high school students; this research received national recognition, including the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also received the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Alan C. Purves Award for her research article, "Untold Stories": Cultivating Consequential Writing with a Black Male Student through a Critical Approach to Metaphor, which was published in Research in the Teaching of English (RTE). The Purves Award acknowledges an article from the previous volume that is most likely to have an impact on educational practice.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education Michigan State University 2015
B.S. Urban and Regional Studies Cornell University 2008
B.A. Sociology (Education & Inequality Studies) Cornell University 2008

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2019 Justice as Praxis in Education Conference Grant Spencer Foundation
2019 Research in the Teaching of English Alan C. Purves Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
2019-2020 Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Scholar University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning
2019-2020 Teaching Academy Fellow University of Georgia Teaching Academy
2016 Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Outstanding Dissertation Award American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2015 National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Emerging Diversity Scholar University of Michigan
2014-2016 Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) Fellow National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
2014 King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellow Dissertation Completion Fellowship Michigan State University