Dr. Raphael Heaggans

Dr. Raphael Heaggans

Associate Professor in Education

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Some highlights of Dr. Raphael Heaggans’ bio are as follows:

  • Former pre-K and middle school language arts teacher
  • Student-taught 11th and 12th grade English
  • Author of several works including a book entitled, The 21st century hip-hop minstrel show:  Are we continuing a blackface tradition?
  • Served on the Planning and Evaluation Committee (NCATE)
  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee
  • Advisor of the Year
  • Associate Professor of Middle School and Adolescence Education
  • Fellowship Awardee  (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities)

Professional Service

  • National Alliance of Faith and Justice consultant (2010-present)
  • National Council for Teachers of English reviewer (2010-present)
  • Diversity Committee of the Association of Teacher Educators (2011-present)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board (2011-present)


  • Doctor of Education, West Virginia University
  • Master of Business Administration, Niagara University
  • Master of Educational Leadership, Niagara University
  • Master of Arts, Winthrop University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Winston-Salem State University


  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) (for aspiring college administrators)
  • New York State School District Leader Certification
    • New York State School Building Leader Certification
    • New York State Teacher Certification
    • Basic Gang Specialist Certification (New York Gang Investigators Association)
    • Generating Expectations for Student Achievement (GESA) Certification (The New York State K-16 Alliance)
    • West Virginia English grades 5-12 (certified English/language arts teacher)
    • West Virginia School Administration K-12 (certified school administrator)

Focus of Teaching

  • Methods of Teaching Secondary English
  • Culturally Responsive Classroom Management
  • Multicultural Education
  • Human Development
  • Common Core Curriculum

Current Research

  • Curbing high suspension rates among ethnic minorities
  • Media literacy in the public schools
  • English-language arts common core curriculum
  • Effective teacher observations and Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)