Assistant Professor

Jessica DeMink-Carthew is an Assistant Professor in Middle Grades and Elementary Education at the University of Vermont. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education.

Her research centers on supporting student teachers and practicing teachers in experimenting with innovative teaching practices such as personalized learning, proficiency-based learning, and social justice education. She is especially interested in teaching approaches that aim to engage middle grades students as co-designers of learning experiences. Jessica has taught in Michigan, Maryland, France and Hawaii and tries to maintain the aloha life by playing the ukulele every chance she gets.


DeMink-Carthew, J., & Bishop, P. (2017). Passion is not enough: Preparing middle level preservice teachers to be advocates for change. Middle School Journal.

DeMink-Carthew, J., Grove, R., Peterson, M.P. (2017). The influence of the core practices movement on the teaching and perspectives of novice teacher educators. Studying Teacher Education.

Petrick-Smith, C, Tinkler, A., DeMink-Carthew, J. & Tinkler, B. (2017). Pre-service mathematics teachers’ experiences with proficiency-based learning. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development.

DeMink-Carthew, J. (2017). Reform-oriented collaborative inquiry as a pedagogy for student teaching in middle school. Middle Grades Research Journal.

DeMink-Carthew, J., Hyler, M. E., & Valli, L. (2016). Redesigning teacher education in the context of multiple reform initiatives. In D. Polly (Ed.), Evaluating teacher education programs through performance-based assessments (1-17). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

DeMink-Carthew, J. & DeMink, J. (November/December 2016). “Hands-joined” projects: A framework for co-developing projects with students. AMLE Magazine.

Awards and Recognition

Graduate Student Award from Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group of AERA: An annual award given to the author of a middle level dissertation. (2016)

Associations and Affiliations

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Middle School Association (NMSA)

Jessica DeMink Carthew headshot

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Multiculturalism
  • Reading education and literacy
  • Social justice
  • Teacher education


  • Ph.D. in Teacher Education & Professional Development from University of Maryland
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education & Middle School ELA from University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from University of Michigan


  • (802) 656-1465
Office Location:

Waterman 534-A

Courses Taught

Children's Literature; Early Adolescent English Language Arts Methods; Independent Study in Children's Literature; Learner Development & Learning; Multicultural Children's Literature; Student Teaching Seminar