Kaitlin Popielarz

Kaitlin  Popielarz
PhD Candidate, Clinical Instructional Coach, and Course Instructor

Office Hours: By appointment.


M.A., Teaching & Curriculum, Michigan State University, 2014

B.A., History & English as a Second Language, 2010

Professional Education Certificate: History, Social Studies Rx, and English as a Second Language (6-12)


Kaitlin Popielarz is a course instructor, clinical instructional coach, and PhD Candidate in Wayne State University's College of Education. Kaitlin is a former secondary and adult education social studies teacher, which is where she developed her passion for empowering learning communities. 


PhD Candidate, K-12 Curriculum & Instruction

Clinical Instructional Coach, Office of Clinical Experiences

Course Instructor, Teacher Education Division 

Academic Interests

Social Studies Education
Critical Pedagogy
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
Teacher Education
Curriculum Inquiry, Theory, and Design
Critical Qualitative Research

Research Interests

Kaitlin's research and teaching interests include connecting teacher preparation to the local community in order to provide future educators the opportunity to learn community-based and culturally sustaining pedagogy for education rooted in social justice.

Courses Taught

TED 5650: Analysis of Secondary Teaching 

ELE 6600: Elementary Social Studies

TED 2250: Becoming an Urban Educator 

Community Engagement Activities

We The People of Detroit Community Research Collective


Wayne State University's Commission on the Status of Women


Graduate School Dissertation Research Support Award, 2019-2020, Wayne State University Graduate School and College of Education

Competitive Graduate Research Assistant Award, 2019-2020, Wayne State University Graduate School

Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2018, Wayne State University Graduate School and College of Education