headshot of Melody Zoch

Associate Professor

Teacher Education and Higher Education

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Email Address: mjpatter@uncg.edu


  • Ph.D., Language and Literacy, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas State University, 2004
  • B.F.A. with honors, Design, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • B.A. with honors, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Research & Publications

  • Literacy education
  • Sociocultural/political influences on teaching
  • New literacies
  • Teaching in high-stakes testing context
  • Culturally sustaining pedagogy

Burke, A., & Zoch, M. (forthcoming). Teachers negotiating literacy instruction within accountability systems. Fringes.

Zoch, M. (2020). Creating “a collage of story and memory” to support identity work and connect with literacy teaching. Language Arts, 97(5), 285-294. [11-20% acceptance rate]

Zoch, M., & He, Y. (2019). Utilizing Community Cultural Wealth to build teaching relationships and learn with diverse language communities. The Teacher Educator, 55(2), 148-164. [acceptance rate not provided]

Zoch, M., Davis, S., & Gray, E. (2018). If these walls could talk: The
communication of literacy through teacher-created charts. Language Arts, 95(6), 370-381. [11-20% acceptance rate]

Zoch, M., Alarcón, J., Bettez, S., Hardin, B. (2018). Textured dialogues: Immigrant perspectives on the meaning of education. Multicultural Perspectives, 20(1), 39-46. [21-30% acceptance rate]