Valerie Walker


Assistant Professor in Education

Valerie Struthers Walker joined the Education Department in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies. She works primarily with preservice teachers pursuing elementary school licensure. Her current research focuses on how characters with disabilities are constructed in adolescent literature and how readers respond to those representations.

Although Valerie is a native Minnesotan, she loves to travel and has had the opportunity to live and teach in Bamako, Mali and Vienna, Austria. Her mother is French, so she has also spent considerable time in France. Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and is the proud aunt to twenty-two nieces and nephews!



Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, & Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2009; M.A.T. (Elementary Education), Colorado College, 1996; B.A. (Sociology), Colorado College, 1994.


Cooking, reading., and travel

Courses Taught


EDU-320 (Literacy K-12), EDU-372 (Elementary Language Arts Methods and Materials), EDU-374 (Elementary Social Studies Methods and Materials), and EDU-385 (Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-385Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum62013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
EDU-374Elementary Social Studies Methods and Materials52013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
EDU-320Literacy K-1252013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
EDU-372Elementary Language Arts Methods and Materials52013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA