Desiree Pointer-Mace, Ph.D.


Areas of expertise

  • Education
  • Assessment as learning
  • Using new media and online technologies to reinvent teaching and learning
  • Advocating for high educational outcomes for all students, teacher education
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Character education
  • Authentic assessment in K-12 settings
  • Bilingual and multilingual education


Desiree Pointer-Mace is a professor of Education at Alverno College, and also serves as the associate dean for the School of Education’s graduate program. She’s the author of “Teacher Practice Online: Sharing Wisdom, Opening Doors,” and she has appeared on 4th Street Forum, Fox 6 News and in the Moving2Mastery documentary, Passion to Learn, Passion to Teach. She has also done numerous interviews for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Pointer-Mace taught elementary school as a Spanish bilingual teacher and bilingual resource specialist in California. She has worked with students from kindergarten through doctoral level in the United States, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador, and has consulted in the development of Spanish language videos for Children’s Television Workshop. She also designed, and Pointer-Mace was invited to speak at the 2012 International Conference on Educational Media, held in Seoul, Korea, where she addressed the topic of “Teacher as Nation-Builder.” She is also on the national design and Wisconsin Implementation teams for edTPA, an assessment process designed by educators aimed at determining whether a new teacher is ready for the job.

Pointer-Mace is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Wisconsin Associated Colleges of Teacher Education and Wisconsin Independent Colleges of Teacher Education.