Dr. Michelle L. Rupiper is currently an Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Department Chair of the Child, Youth and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1994. She has served as a classroom teacher for infants through school-aged children as well as directed community-based early childhood programs during her career.
Her belief that children deserve well-prepared, competent teachers who understand how children learn and are equipped to meet their needs has resulted in her conducting numerous national, regional and state presentations as well as presentations in Kenya, Mongolia, Australia, Qatar and China.
She has co-authored three books: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Action (2013), Guiding Children's Social Development and Learning, 8th ed. (2014) and Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, 6th ed. (2014).
She is active in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), having served on the National Affiliate Council of NAEYC and as president of the Midwest AEYC and Nebraska AEYC. She is currently on the board of the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers.
Past awards include the Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Education and Human Sciences Outstanding Lecturer Award, Distinguished Service to Children awarded by Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children and the Shirley Dean Catalyst for Change awarded by Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.