Holly Innes Graham has taught both English and history to middle school students in Massachusetts since 2003. Upon completion of her M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2006, Graham began teaching graduate courses at University of Massachusetts Boston and taking coursework in the department of linguistics. She then began working toward a Doctorate of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research agenda focused on teacher education, systemic functional linguistics (SFL), genre based pedagogy (GBP), metalinguistic development, and instructional practices on teaching and learning to access the various academic language registers used at school. In the Spring, 2015, she successfully defended her dissertation titled Using systemic functional linguistics to inform a classroom language pedagogy in a middle school English classroom. A case study. Dr. Graham was awarded her doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts in May, 2015.
Graham has presented for multiple national conferences, including American Speech and Language Association (ASHLA), American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), and the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). She has also been invited to speak to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers, at various colleges and universities, including Endicott College’s satellite teacher professional development program, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Mount Holyoke College. She currently teaches language and literacy courses to M.A.T. students at Mount Holyoke College.