SUSAN L. LYTLE is Associate Professor of Education, Chair of the Language and Literacy in Education Division, and Director of the master’s and doctoral programs in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founding Director of the 22-year-old Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP), a site of the National Writing Project and an urban school–university collaborative network focused on teacher-to-teacher professional development and practice-based research on teaching, learning, and schooling. Dr. Lytle has a long-standing commitment to working with urban K–12 teachers, community college/university faculty, and adult educators to design and document a variety of inquiry-based collaborative research programs and projects. She has published widely on topics related to literacy education, practitioner inquiry, teacher learning and leadership, and school–university partnerships. Dr. Lytle is a past president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy (NCRLL) and the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Assembly on Research.
Dr. Cochran-Smith and Dr. Lytle have been writing together about teacher research and practitioner inquiry for the last 20 years. Their first book, Inside/Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge, won AACTE’s best publication award in 1994 and was translated into Spanish (Ediciones Akal, 2002). In addition, they have co-authored more than 20 articles and chapters related to practitioner research. They also co-edit the Teachers College Press Practitioner Inquiry Series, which includes nearly three dozen books about practitioner research and/or written by practitioner researchers in school and other educational settings. Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation is the 37th book in the series.