Senior Teaching Specialist
178 Pillsbury Dr SE
249A Burton Hall
Contact Heather Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org for current office hours.
M.A., University of Minnesota, liberal studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University, communications, theatre, and education
Areas of Interest
Student Engagement and Retention
Embodied Learning through Performance and Arts Education
Leadership and Ethics
Heather Dorsey has been a faculty member of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota for 17 years. She teaches in the First Year Inquiry program which involves multidisciplinary team teaching and learning communities. Her areas of curriculum are Speech Communication, Theatre Arts, and Performance. She is a free-lance theatre director and performer and co-founder of Big Picture Ventures, a communication and production consulting business. Heather writes and speaks nationally about the importance of active learning and performance methodology in the higher education classroom.
- OLPD 5368 Leadership for Special Education and Services
- Board member of Artistry Performing Arts Theate
- TAM (Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota)
- META (Minnesota Educational Theater Association)
- AATE (American Association of Theater Education)
- ATHE (Association for Theater in Higher Education)
- ETAA (Educational Theater Association of America)
Pedelty, M., Dorsey, H., & Thompson, M. (2009). A bridge to somewhere. In P. Nunnally (Ed.), The city, the river, the bridge. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Dorsey, H. (2003). Acting out: A tableau teaching method. The Evergreen State Collection of Academic Articles.
Dorsey, H. (2002). Redirecting classical theatre: An intertextual approach to drama.
Dorsey, H. (2014, February). Embodied learning: Moving beyond text and talk. National Convention on the First Year Experience, San Diego, CA.
Dorsey, H. (2013, December). Using narrative to engage first generation students in the first year. The First Year Experience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2013, January). Using narrative to engage first generation students in the first year. 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Rollins College, Valencia College, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. [handout]
Dorsey, H. (2005, September). Channeling art for a healthy life. Universityof Minnesota Civil Service Retreat, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2005, May). Public speaking for student leaders. The Vietnamese Student Association National Convention, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2005, March). Solo in ensemble: Using performance techniques to teach social justice. The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.
Dorsey, H. (2004). All the world’s a stage: Internationalizing performance courses. Internationalizing On Campus Courses, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2002). Acting out: Using performance to aid the high school to college transition. College Reading and Learning Association, Minneapolis, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2002). Integrating drama into church services. Friendship Church, Prior Lake, MN.
Dorsey, H. (2001). Stage movement tells a story. Friendship Church, Prior Lake, MN.
Dorsey, H. (1998). What is Shakespeare really saying? Instructional In-Service for high school students in the Acting Conservatory Stage’s Theatre, Hopkins, MN.
Updated September 8, 2016