Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

Heather Reichmuth

Assistant Professor

Office Location

501 Bailey Hall


(207) 780-5534

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education; Michigan State University
  • MAT, TESOL; University of Southern California
  • BA, Literature, Purchase College, State University of New York


Prior to earning my PhD at Michigan State University I taught English for 15 years in South Korea. Although I primarily taught high school and university age students, I had the opportunity to teach students from pre-school through middle school as well. Being in an international setting, I was also fortunate to teach students from all over the world. I taught students from countries such as Angola, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, China, and Uzbekistan to name a few.

My research interests center on multilingual learners and their families. I am interested in how parents support their children’s multilingualism in the home to help teachers better understand how to support multilingual learners in the classroom.  I am also interested in global perspectives of education and how we can apply a global mindset to our classes here in the U.S. to create a more supportive environment for our culturally and linguistically diverse students while also creating globally minded citizens in all learners.   

Areas of Expertise

Multilingual Language Learners, Multilingual Families (Family Language Policy), Bi/literacy, Pre-service Teachers, Global Perspectives of Education.

Recent Publications

Edwards, P.A., Reichmuth, H.L., & Cardenas, L.C. (accepted). Centering teacher narratives for the equitable teaching of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Multicultural Perspectives.

Reichmuth, H.L. & Chong, K.L. (accepted). Teaching Asian American contributions to the civil rights movement through children’s literature. Social Studies and the Young Learner.

Kim, T., & Reichmuth, H.L. (2021). Exploring cultural logics in teacher learning: Collaborative autoethnography on transnational teaching and learning. Professional Development in Education, 47(2-3), 257-272.

Gordon, R.R., Reichmuth, H.L. Her, L., & De Costa, P.I. (2021). Thinking beyond "languaging" in translanguaging pedagogies: Exploring ways to combat white fragility in an undergraduate language methodology course.  In U. Lanvers, A.S. Thomson, & M. East (Eds.) Language Learning in Anglophone countries: Challenges, practices, solutions. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Reichmuth, H.L. (2022, April). “To Err is Human:” Translanguaging Beliefs and Practices in Multilingual Families. Panel Discussion: Language Policy and “Intimate Activism” Across Spaces. Language Issues SIG session. Comparative International and Education Society (CIES). 

Glause, K., Reichmuth, H.L., Troia, G. (2021, December). Correlations between teacher language use in writing instruction and student writing outcomes. Literacy Research Association (LRA). Atlanta, Georgia.

Reichmuth, H.L., Her, L., & Gordon, R. R. (2021, May). Real and imagined family language policies and practices of motherscholars. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Online.

Reichmuth, H. L. (2021, April). New opportunities and shifts in family language policy during school closures. American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Reichmuth, H.L., Gordon, R.R., Her, L., De Costa, P.I. (2020, July) Exploring Ways to Raise Pre-service Teachers’ Racial and Cultural Awareness. TESOL International, Online.

Reichmuth, H.L. & Kim, T. (2019, October). Transnational teachers and emerging scholars. Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, East Lansing, Michigan.

Reichmuth, H. & Kim, T. (2019, April). After three years of schooling, even a dog can read: the cultural logic of teaching and learning between two nations. Comparative International Education Society Conference (CIES), San Francisco, California.

Reichmuth, H. L. (2019, March,). “Teacher, it’s me.”: email writing etiquette for English language learners, TESOL International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Reichmuth, H. & Kennedy, L. (2019, March). “But they said it best”: paraphrasing in university EAP classes, TESOL International Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Awards and Recognition

2022                            Fellow, MSU College of Education

                                    Dissertation Completion Fellowship 

2020-2021                   Fellow, MSU College of Education

                                    Summer Renewable Research Fellowship

2019-2020                   Fellow, MSU College of Education

                                    Global Curriculum Fellowship      

2019                            Recipient, MSU College of Education

                                    Dissertation Hard Cost Funding 

2019                            Fellow, MSU College of Education

                                    Summer Writing Fellowship 

2017-2019                   Recipient, MSU College of Education

                                    Travel Grant 

2018                            Fellow, MSU College of Education

                                    Summer Research Development Fellowship 

2015 -2017                  Recipient, Korea University  

                                    Best Lecturer Award

2015                            Recipient, Korea University    

                                    Excellent Lecturer Award

Professional Activity

Graduate and Doctoral Forum Chair (2023); TESOL International

Comparative International Education Society (CIES); Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession (TETP) SIG Membership Chair