Mark Dressman

Mark Dressman

Mark Dressman

Professor and Chair



Mark Dressman began his career as an English teacher in Morocco in the late 1970s. He also taught on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and in the Cincinnati Public Schools before obtaining his Ph.D. in 1994. He is Professor Emeritus in secondary education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has served as Chair and Professor of English at Khalifa University since January 2019.

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • M.A., Curriculum Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1981
  • B.A., English and Psychology, Thomas More College, 1977
  • Dr. Dressman teaches courses in English Communication, Digital Media, and academic reading and writing at Khalifa.

Dr. Dressman is an ethnographer of literacy and English education and a critic and theorist of educational research. His research projects have included studies of reader socialization in school libraries, analyses of reading policy and discourse in the United States, uses of social theory in literacy research, and methods of reading instruction in secondary schools. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Morocco (2014-2016) he helped design curriculum and studied the informal learning strategies of students in three university English programs. He is an author and editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Informal Language Learning, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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