Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca BuchananAssociate Professor of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction

329 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5766

Bio: Rebecca Buchanan is an associate professor of curriculum, assessment and instruction, part of the School and Learning and Teaching at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Buchanan studies teacher learning, broadly defined. She is interested in the intersection of personal identity, professional development, school reform, literacy and language. She employs qualitative methods and discourse analysis to investigate how teachers learn in and across multiple contexts by connecting their own personal and professional pasts with the present.

Buchanan is a member of the Penobscot River Educational Partnership (PREP) teacher education committee, and currently serves as treasurer-secretary of the Lives of Teachers special interest group for the American Educational Research Association. She also has taught a workshop on feminist pedagogy for high school teachers at a Women and Gender Studies conference.

Ph.D., 2017, University of California Santa Cruz
M.A., 2014, University of California Santa Cruz
B.A., 2007, University of Alabama

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EHD 202: Education in a Multicultural Society
  • EHD 400: Field Observation
  • EHD 498: Student Teaching Seminar

Sample Publications

  • Buchanan, R. (2015). Teacher identity and agency in an era of accountability. Teachers and teaching: Theory and practice 21(6), 700-719.
  • Olsen, B. & Buchanan, R. (2017). “Everyone wants you to do everything”: An ecological examination of the professional identity development of teacher educators. Teacher Education Quarterly 44(1), 9-34
  • Buchanan, R. & Olsen, B. (forthcoming). Teacher identity in the current teacher education landscape. In P. Schutz, J. Hong, & D. Francis (Eds.) Research on teacher identity and motivation: Mapping challenges and innovations. New York: Springer.