Rebekah Sims
  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My work focuses on preparing teachers to thrive in culturally diverse classrooms through implementation of asset-based pedagogies. I'm particularly interested in strengthening reflective practice among teachers and teacher candidates as a part of supporting pedagogies that sustain the cultural identities and languages of all students. 

I completed my PhD in English at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA in May 2021. My dissertation, Investigating Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in First-Year Composition, focused on mixed-methods evaluation of culturally responsive teaching among college writing instructors. I collaborate with an international group of scholars to develop and assess pedagogies that integrate intercultural competence into writing courses. More about this work can be found at

While at Purdue, I worked for the Purdue Writing Lab (home of the OWL) and the Oral English Proficiency Program. Primarily, my roles involved teaching written and oral communication skills to STEM graduate students. I have an ongoing interest in collaborating with professionals in STEM disciplines, with specific attention to developing metalaguage for STEM writing applications. Metalanguage for writing enables experienced professionals to identify their implicit understanding of writing and articulate how they communicate effectively in various situtations. Explicit metalanguage helps experienced professionals mentor students and new professionals on discipline-specific writing skills. 

In addition to research focused on writing and teacher education, I also do some work on religious practices in digital spaces. My MA thesis and several publications investigate how religious rituals propagate in online spaces, and how online faith interacts with traditional, in-person ritual practice. 

My areas of teaching expertise include academic writing skills, oral and written English for EAL learners, and teacher education courses. I am a faculty advising editor for the journal Young Scholars in Writing

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University

24 Aug 20168 May 2021

Award Date: 8 May 2021

Master of Arts, Purdue University

24 Aug 20145 Aug 2016

Award Date: 5 Aug 2016


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