Susan V. Piazza is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies at Western Michigan University. Piazza teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in K - 12 literacy, as well as sociocultural and critical theory related to language and literacy acquisition. Her research interests include critical analyses of how learners interact with texts and assessments; sociocultural and critical approaches in literacy; school and community partnerships, and professional development with pre- and in-service educators. Her earlier career included teaching elementary and middle school in Macomb, MI, teaching at St. Clair College in Windsor, ON, Canada, and teaching and supervising student teachers at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Issues of equity and cultural competence are themes that connect her research, teaching, publications, and service. Piazza holds leadership positions in professional organizations and engages in professional development with educators locally, nationally, and internationally.