Laura Jane Roop
Assistant Professor

Director, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading
Ombudsperson, School of Education

Dr. Laura Roop directs the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project which has fostered powerful literacy work in the region for 36 years. The site offers professional learning opportunities for educators as well as programs for youth. The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project partners with local groups such as CREATE Lab, Saturday Light Brigade, and Greater Valley Community Services of Braddock. Dr. Roop earned her PhD in English and Education at University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty, she worked at the University of Michigan School of Education as Director of Outreach and as School-Research Relations Coordinator. In these roles, she followed a cohort of students from ninth grade through college, designing summer programs and organizing trips and presentations under the auspices of the Algebra Project, a national network founded by civil rights organizer and mathematician Bob Moses. Dr. Roop chooses to engage at the confluence of research and teaching practice. She is interested in the development of humanizing partnerships for knowledge generation and the improvement of learning and teaching.

Instructional Interests

  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Multicultural Literature
  • Teaching New Media Literacies
  • Social Contexts

Scholarly Interests

  • Disciplinary Literacies
  • Equitable Literacy Learning and Teaching
  • Reciprocal Partnerships for Learning and Teaching
  • Ethics and Impact of Technologies on Learning and Teaching

Selected Grants

  • Beloved Community Initiative, National Writing Project, $20,000.

  • The Grapple Series: Exploring the Intersections of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity. National Writing Project, $6,000.

  • Learning Power: Examining the Future of Education Amidst Automation and Artificial Intelligence, New America, $10,000.

Featured Publications

  • L. Roop. (2015). Review of English Teaching & New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives. L. Unsworth & A. Thomas, eds. Teachers College Record.

  • Denstaedt, L., Roop, L. & Best, S. (2014). Doing and Making Authentic Literacies. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Awards and Honors

  • Selected as National Board Member for the National Writing Project

  • Krips Award for Outreach (University of Michigan School of Education)

  • Richard A. Meade Award for Research in English and Education (with Anne Ruggles Gere, Colleen Fairbanks, Alan Howes and David Schaafsma)

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

  • Board Member, National Writing Project

  • Committee Member, NAEP Standing Committee on Writing

  • Board Member, Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School

Laura Jane Roop


University of Pittsburgh
5518 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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