Jessica Van Cleave is an associate professor of education. Her areas of specialization are secondary English education and writing pedagogy; educational philosophy and curriculum theorizing; and qualitative research methodologies. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Georgia in 2001. While teaching high school English, she returned to the University of Georgia to earn her M.Ed. Upon completion of that degree, she chose to pursue her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia, defending her dissertation in 2012 and earning the Interdisciplinary Graduate Qualitative Research. Her dissertation won the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award, and her research has been published in a number of journals, including Qualitative Inquiry, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, English Journal and Language Arts. Dr. Van Cleave teaches graduate courses in research methodology and digital literacies as well as undergraduate methods and foundations courses.
In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Van Cleave also serves as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator for the Teacher Education Program at MHU. She is also very active in the wider Mars Hill University community, serving on the Honors Council, chairing the Institutional Review Board, and participating in several ad hoc committees to support the university and students.
Dr. Van Cleave enjoys hiking in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, Reuben, her two children, Wyatt and Logan, and their four dogs, Jonah, Roscoe, Zoe, and Phoebe.