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Dr Kathryn Pole

[Dr Kathryn Pole]

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Last Updated: January 24, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Children's Literature, Literacy Teaching and Learning, Equitable and Just Literacy Curriculum, Writing Development, Teacher Development, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Children's Literature, Literacy Research Methods, Literacy Learning, Teacher Expertise in Literacy

Biography

Biography

Dr. Kathryn Pole is a literacy researcher and teacher educator in the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education. She earned her PhD at Texas Woman's University in federation with the University of North Texas, and her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of North Texas. She is active in national and international literacy-focused organizations.

Education

Education

    • 2006 PhD in Literacy/Reading
      Texas Womans University, 2006
    • 1982 MLS in Library and Information Science
      University of North Texas, 1982
    • 1980 BS in Human Sciences
      Stephen F Austin State Univ, 1980

Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 2015 Online Teaching Certification, Online Learning Consortium
    • 1998 Classroom Teacher, K-6, Texas Education Agency
    • 1998 Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - 3), Texas Education Agency
    • 1998 Elementary Self-Contained (K-6), Texas Education Agency
    • 1998 Learning Resources, Texas Education Agency

Memberships

    • 2012 to Present Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
    • 2012 to Present Children's Literature Assembly
    • 2006 to Present National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy
    • June 2000 to Present National Council of Teachers of English
    • June 1998 to Present Literacy Research Association
      Ethics Committee Member; Field Council
      the professional organization for literacy researchers worldwide
    • May 1998 to Present International Literacy Association
      Intermediate Book Award Committee Chair
      the worldwide organization focused on the teaching, learning, and scholarship of literacy
    • 2000 to 2017 American Educational Research Association

Awards and Honors

    • Mar  2018 College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Oct  2017 College of Education Piper Professor Nominee sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Dec  2010 Top Volunteer sponsored by Denton Independent School District
    • Dec  2009 Recognition for Excellence in Teaching sponsored by Saint Louis University
    • Dec  2007 Recognition for Excellence in Teaching sponsored by Recognition for Excellence in Teaching
    • Dec  2002 Scholarship for advanced studies. sponsored by Denton Public Schools Foundation

News Articles

News Articles

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Nov 2014 to June 2016 Using Anonymous Avatar-Based Discussions to Support Open Discourse on Stereotyping in Online Master's Level Diversity Courses sponsored by  -  $5000
      (Funded)
    • Sept 2013 to July 2014 Connecting Writing and Social Studies: Planning a Middles Grades Professional Development Program sponsored by  -  $3000
      Kathryn Pole (Funded)

Publications


      In Process
      • Journal Article
        "Simplicity if key" : Literacy graduate students' perceptions of online learning
        [Van Wig, Ann, Pole, Kathryn, Esperat, Tala, Wilson, Nance]. Journal of Teacher Education. Submitted.

      2020
      • Networked and self-directed approaches to professional development in online teaching and design
        Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education
        [Semingson, Peggy, Pole, Kathryn]. 223-228.
      • Late Nights and Weekends: On-Demand Learning and Examination of Timestamps to Facilitate Responsive Online Teaching
        [Pole, Kathryn, Semingson, Peggy]. Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning. 834-837. Waynesville, NC: "Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)".

      2019
      • Integration of a Lesson Plan Webinar Series and Curated Digital Resources on Lesson Planning for Novice Educators
        Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
        [Semingson, PeggyL, Pole, Kathryn, Owens, DanaRichards]. 566-570. Chesapeake, VA: "Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). ".
      • “I’m representing all Black people” A case study of the intersectional experiences of STEM students transferring from an HBCU to a diverse urban university
        Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives, and Challenges
        [Sparks, DavidM, Pole, Kathryn, DenHartog, J]. Hauppage, NY: "Nova Science Publishers".
      • “Do we teach subjects or students?” Analyzing science and mathematics teacher conversations about issues of equity in the classroom
        [Sparks, D., Pole, K.]. School Science and Mathematics. 119(7),
      • Modeling professional use of literacy-focused media for pre-service and inserve teachers: Growing, connecting, and learning together, online
        Discover the Heart of Literacy
        [Semingson, Peggy, Consalvo, Annamary, Pole, Kathryn, Owens, Dana]. 6, 59-65. "Texas Association for Literacy Education".
      • Inclusive Instructional Design and UDL Around the World
        Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019
        [Gronseth, S., Dalton, E., Semingson, P., Pole, K., et. al]. Chesapeake, VA: "Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)".
      • Using UDL-related methods in education, teacher training, and job-development for young women with developmental disabilities in India
        Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019
        [Gronseth, S., Dalton, E., Semingson, P., Pole, K., et. al]. 245-249. Chesapeake, VA: "Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)".

      2018
      • We are not writing today
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Journal of Teacher Education.
      • Handwriting vs. Typing: Does it Matter for Spelling?
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Report on a research study conducted at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History..

      2017
      • Staying Current: A digitally-focused professional Development Series and Partnership in a College of Education
        [Pole, Kathryn, Semingson, PeggyL, Brown, BrianC]. "Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)".

      2016
      • Teaching with a technological twist: Exit tickets via Twitter in literacy classrooms
        [Pole, Kathryn, Amaro-Jimenez, Carla, Hungerford-Kresser, Holly]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy : A Journal From the International Reading Association. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jaal.572

      2015
      • Connecting, resisting and challenging texts: Case studies of critical literacy development.
        [Pole, Kathryn, Rogers, R, Labadie, M].
      • Using bilingual books to enhance literacy around the world
        [Pole, Kathryn, Semingson, PeggyL, Tommerdahl, JodiMarlane]. ????.

      2014
      • Profile of a balanced literacy teacher
        [Pole, Kathryn]. e-Journal of Balanced Reading Instruction.

      2013
      • How kindergarten students connect and critically respond to themes of social class in children’s literature
        [Pole, Kathryn, Labadie, M, Rogers, R]. Literacy Research and Instruction. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19388071.2013.809176

      2012
      • Growing up in Red China: Representation of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in children's picture books
        [Pole, Kathryn, Sun, Li]. The Missouri Reader, the refereed journal of the Missouri Reading Association, a state council of The International Reading Association. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.3021.0560
      • Review of Teaching Children to Write: Constructing Meaning and Mastering Mechanics by Daniel R. Meier.
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Teachers College Record.

      2010
      • Crisis: The language of a state takeover
        [Pole, Kathryn, Rogers, R]. L. MacGillivray (Ed.). Literacy in times of crisis: Practices and perspectives. NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis..
      • Literacy out of school: Books for teachers
        [Pole, Kathryn]. The Missouri Reader, the refereed journal of the Missouri Reading Association, a council of The International Reading Association..
      • Review of Global Crises, Social Justice, and Education by Michael W. Apple
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Education review.

      2009
      • Developing critical stances and multiple perspectives
        [Pole, Kathryn, Jenkins, B`, Kramer, M.A, Labadie, M, Mosley, M, Yavitz, B]. In R. Rogers, M. Mosley, M. A. Kramer, & The Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group. Designing socially just learning communities: A lifespan perspective. NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis..
      • Disciplining students, teachers and schools: A critical look at market-based reforms of the language arts
        [Pole, Kathryn, Rogers, R, Ingram, A, Elias, M]. Language Arts.
      • Diseño de metodologías mixtas: Una revisión de las estrategias para combinar metodologías cuantitativas y cualitativas
        [Pole, Kathryn]. ????.
      • Exploring banned and challenged books: A community collaboration
        [Pole, Kathryn, Dyer, M]. The Education Liberation Network.
      • Technology tips for the elementary classroom.
        [Pole, Kathryn, Wunderlich, R, Garabrant, A, Peters, J, Crannage, A]. The Missouri Reader, the refereed journal of the Missouri Reading Association, a council of the International Reading Association.

      2008
      • Resources for teachers of writing: Books to inspire writing workshop
        [Pole, Kathryn]. The Missouri Reader, the refereed journal of the Missouri Reading Association, a council of the International Reading Association.

      2007
      • Educating for peace and justice: Using literacy as a tool for social change
        [Pole, Kathryn, Rogers, R]. The Missouri Reader, the refereed journal of the Missouri Reading Association, a council of the International Reading Association.
      • Mixed methods research: A review of strategies for blending qualitative and quantitative methods.
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Mid-western Educational Researcher.

      2005
      • Review of book Finding your voice, by Gail Noppe-Brandon
        [Pole, Kathryn]. Educational Review.

Presentations

    • April  2021
      Pole, Kathryn, Van Wig, Ann (Author & Presenter), Esperat, Tala (Author & Presenter), Ballinger, Chelsea (Author & Presenter), Wilson, Nance (Author & Presenter), "Accepting education responsibility in our new normal: Revealing graduate students' perceptions of online learning", online per Covid-19. (April , 2021).
    • December  2020
      Van Wig, Ann (Author & Presenter), Pole, Kathryn (Author & Presenter), Ballinger, Chelsea, Esperat, Tala (Author & Presenter), Wilson, Nance (Author & Presenter), ""The professor really makes the difference: : Literacy graduate students' perceptions of online learning", Houston, TX (online per Covid-19). (December , 2020).
    • December  2020
      Jocius, Robin (Author & Presenter), Pole, Kathryn (Author & Presenter), O'Byrne, Ian (Author & Presenter), "The impact of collaborative teacher teams in CT infusion", Houston, TX (online per Covid-19). (December , 2020).
    • December  2020
      Zammit, Katina (Author & Presenter), Guzzetti, Barbara (Author & Presenter), Pole, Kathryn (Discussant), "Voices from the margins: Diverse adults making media for resistance and representation", Houston, TX (online per Covid-19). (December , 2020).
    • December  2019
      Pole, Kathryn (Discussant), "Youth making media - a panel discussion", Tampa, FL. (December , 2019).
    • October  2019
      Pole, Kathryn, "Children's Literature Awards 2019", San Antonio, TX . (October , 2019).
    • December  2018
      Pole, Kathryn, Guzzetti, Barbara (Author & Presenter), "Gender and Literacies Across the Lifespan", Indian Wells, CA. (December , 2018).
    • July  2018
      Pole, Kathryn, "Children's and Young Adult Book Award Presentation". (July , 2018).
    • July  2018
      Pole, Kathryn, "What's Going on in a Graphic Novel", Austin, TX. (July , 2018).

Students Supervised

    • 2018
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Meredith Labadie, I was invited to serve on this student's dissertation committee because I was familiar with the topic. She is a doctoral graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

      Re-reading, Re-writing, and Re-imagining Texts: Critical Literacy in a Kindergarten Classroom

Courses

      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5390-002 SELECTED TOPICS IN READING
        (Course Id: 101574)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5316-005 LITERACY PRACTICUM I
        (Course Id: 101552 | Mav Course: No)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-105 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561 | Mav Course: No)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5390-002 SELECTED TOPICS IN READING
        (Course Id: 101574)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433 | Exclude Eval: true)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2019
      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5391-002 INDEPENDNT RESEARCH IN READING
        (Course Id: 101575)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-002 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-105 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018 Download Syllabus
      • EDUC 4391-001 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 101296)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • LIST 5325-105 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5353-001 LIT FOR CHILDRN & YOUNG ADULTS
        (Course Id: 101560)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2017
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2017 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • LIST 4378-001 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • LIST 4378-002 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus
      • LIST 5391-001 INDEPENDNT RESEARCH IN READING
        (Course Id: 101575)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • LIST 5391-005 INDEPENDNT RESEARCH IN READING
        (Course Id: 101575)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2016
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • LIST 5325-001 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2015
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2015
      • LIST 4378-001 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • LIST 4378-002 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • LIST 5325-001 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2014
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2014
      • LIST 4378-001 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 4378-002 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 5325-001 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 5325-005 UNDERSTANDING LIT RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101554)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2013
      • LIST 4343-001 CONTENT AREA RDG/WRTG
        (Course Id: 101433)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2013
      • LIST 4373-001 EC-6 LIT LRNG: RDG & WRTG
        (Course Id: 101442)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 5354-001 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 5354-002 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • LIST 5354-005 MULTICULTURAL LIT CHILDREN
        (Course Id: 101561)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2013
      • LIST 5385-001 DESIGNING LITERACY RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101572)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • LIST 5385-002 DESIGNING LITERACY RESEARCH
        (Course Id: 101572)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • LIST 4378-001 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • LIST 4378-002 MID-LVL TCHG, RDG, WRTG & LIT
        (Course Id: 101447)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012

Service to the University

    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
      Vote on changes to university undergraduate curriculum
    • Aug 2019 to  Present Chair pro tem
      Graduate Assembly
      I serve on the Program Creation subcommittee, and read program creation documents and requests from colleges across the university. This committee votes to approve sending proposals to the entire Graduate Assembly.

      As Chair pro tem I will in as Chair of Graduate Assembly when necessary.

    • May 2017 to  Present Program Coordinator
      Literacy Studies
      I oversee the Literacy Studies program - graduate and undergraduate. The Literacy Studies program offers 20 courses across programs. I coordinate schedules, identify and propose for hire adjunct instructors, help adjunct and UTA faculty with program-related issues and problems, respond to student needs and concerns, track and respond to TEA and national directions, coordinate with other C&I programs, monitor and revise documents as needed, work with the AO Hub, and so much more ...
    • 2017 to  Present Committee Member
      Program Coordinator Council
    • June 2020 to  Aug 2020 Special Institutional Assignment
      Covid-19 Staff Survey
      I reviewed the surven sent to staff regarding Covid-19 planning, I analyzed the results of the qualitative sections of the survey, and wrote the qualitative section of the Staff Survey Report
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2020 Committee Member
      Graduate Studies Committee
    • Dec 2019 to  Mar 2020 Committee Member
      Search Committee - Assistant Professor CONHI
      I am currently on a search committee for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
    • Sept 2019 to  Dec 2019 Committee Chair
      Search Committee - Assistant/Associate Professor of Literacy Studies
      I served as the Chair of a search for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Literacy Studies. I read 89 applications, and worked with my committee to identify about 15 people to interview via video. I participated in approximately 15 video interviews to narrow the search to 3 on-campus invitations.

      I participated in 3 on-campus interviews, including meeting and returning candidates at the airport, participating in meals, interview meetings, presentations, and other things related to having candidates on campus.
    • Aug 2018 to  Sept 2019 Committee Chair
      Graduate Studies Committee
    • June 2019 to  Aug 2019 Committee Member
      Committee on Transfer Credit for Military Experience
      This committee looked at possibilities for awarding course credits for military veterans.
    • May 2019 to  June 2019 Facilitator
      Institutional Core Assessment Committee
      I served as the facilitator for the Ethics assessment, a core assessment for undergraduate student achievement.
    • Sept 2018 to  Dec 2018 Committee Chair
      Curriculum and Instruction - Search Committee for Social Studies Visiting Professor
      I served as the Chair for the search for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education.
    • 2016 to  2018 Committee Member
      National Network for Education Renewal
    • 2016 to  2018 Task Force Member
      University Libraries Makerspace Literacies Taskforce
      I advised the library on the development of the Makerspace.
    • 2007 to  2018 Committee Member
      Literacy Research Association
    • 2014 to  Sept 2018 Committee Chair
      Graduate Studies and Admissions Committee
    • 2017 to  2017 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Special Education
    • 2016 to  2017 Committee Member
      Office of Instructional Technology
    • 2016 to  2017 Committee Member
      Search Committee, Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor of Online Learning positions
    • Sept 2016 to  May 2017 Committee Member
      Office of Instructional Technology - Instructional Technology Committee
    • 2016 to  2016 Facilitator for Social and Personal Responsibility
      Institutional Assessment Committee
    • 2015 to  2016 Committee Member
      National Network for Education Renewal Annual Conference Planning Committee
    • 2014 to  2016 Committee Chair
      Brown Bag Seminar Committee
    • 2013 to  2016 Lead Judge
      Denton Independent School District Literacy Program of the Year
    • 2012 to  2016 Committee Member
      Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee
    • 2012 to  2016 Lead Judge
      Denton Independent School District Literacy Teacher of the Year
    • 2014 to  2015 Committee Member
      University Strategic Planning Committee
    • 2013 to  2015 Committee Member
      AVID Teacher Preparation Initiative Leadership Team Member
    • 2013 to  2015 Committee Member
      Teacher Education Council
    • 2011 to  2015 Committee Member
      Dolly Gray Children’s Literature in Developmental Disabilities Award
    • 2014 to  2014 Conference-Related
      Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Marco Island, FL Discussant for Invitations to dialogue and response: Young children’s engagement with picturebooks, including the papers Mathis, J., The dialogic construction of agency experiences with literature, Lysaker, J.T. & Arvelo-Alecia, Z. Picture books as dialogic contexts: Exploring relational invitations in text and image, and May, L., Crisp, T. & Bingham, G., What do you do with a book like this?: Genre an interaction in participatory picturebook read-alouds
    • 2013 to  2014 Committee Member
      College Curriculum Committee
    • 2012 to  2014 Committee Member
      Position Statements Committee, International Reading Association
    • 2009 to  2014 Representative
      Teacher Activist Groups (a national network of progressive education organizations)
    • 2013 to  2013 Conference-Related
      Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX Discussant for Interrogating Literacy through Body, Drama, and Dilemmas, including the papers Schott, A.H., Interrogating embodiment: Four approaches to understanding the body; Hobson, S.R., Fostering critical literacy through ethnodrama, and Porath, S., Conceptual, pedagogical, cultural and political dilemmas of implementing a literacy workshop
    • 2004 to  2013 Session Chair
      Literacy Research Association/National Reading Conference
    • 2012 to  2012 Committee Chair
      Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
    • 2012 to  2012 Discussant
      Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
    • 2007 to  2012 Executive Board Member
      Missouri Council of the International Reading Association.
    • 2007 to  2011 Committee Member
      Educating for Change Curriculum Fair Planning Committee – St. Louis, MO
    • 2010 to  2010 Discussant
      Literacy Research Association annual meeting, Fort Worth, TX.
    • 2009 to  2009 Committee Chair
      Conference Planning Committees
    • 2009 to  2009 Discussant
      National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM
    • 2007 to  2009 Committee Member
      Qualitative Research Conference – University of Missouri – St. Louis.
    • 2007 to  2009 Committee Member
      Roosevelt High School (St. Louis Public Schools) Advisory Board,
    • 2008 to  2008 Pre-conference session facilitator
      Commission on Adult Basic Education (2008)
    • Feb 2004 to  2004 Session Moderator
      Southwest Educational Research Association, Dallas, Texas
    • 2003 to  2003 Co-facilitator and Leadership Team member
      Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group, St. Louis, MO. LSJTRG is a grass-roots, teacher led professional development organization committed to socially just practices in educational contexts of all kinds.
    • Oct 2003 to  2003 Facilitator
      Rose Spicola Forum in Reading
    • 2001 to  2003 Committee Member
      Denton ISD’s Early Literacy Assessment Committee

Service to the Profession

    • Jan 2020 to  Present
      Committee Member
      International Literacy Association
      ILA Program of Distinction review member
    • 2019 to  Present
      Committee Member
      Committee on Equity and Diversity, Literacy Research Association
      This committee is charged with identifying areas for improvement within the organization related to equity and diversity, and making recommendations to the board for implementing improvements.
    • Aug 2017 to  Present
      Board of Advisors (Denton, TX, USA)
      Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
      I serve on the Campus Leadership Team for this elementary school. As part of the Team, I review budgets, campus improvement plans, and other documents, and participate in reviewing objectives and progress toward meeting them.
    • 2017 to  Present
      Committee Chair
      Book Awards Committee, International Literacy Association
      The International Literacy Association (ILA) Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards are intended for newly published authors who show unusual promise in the children's and young adults' book field. Awards are given for fiction and nonfiction in each of three (3) categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. I serve as Chair for the intermediate category, read approximately 80 books per year, and lead my team in identifying the winners of our fiction and non-fiction awards.
    • 2017 to  Present
      Committee Member
      Ethics Committee, Literacy Research Association
      To educate and provide guidance to LRA members and to those with whom they interact about the ethical principles as outlined in the Ethics Statement.
      To serve as a resource to the membership regarding ethical issues arising in aspects of their research.
      To assist and advise the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in addressing ethical issues.
      To facilitate and encourage discussion of ethical issues among the LRA community.

      Informing the membership of the organization's Ethics Statement, such as a symposium at the Annual Conference on ethical issues relevant to the practice of literacy research and/or a newsletter column.
      To find and implement a variety of opportunities for the LRA membership to raise, discuss, consider, and, if desired, respond to general ethical issues currently arising in relation to literacy research and/or education.
      Undertaking periodic reviews of the Ethics Statement to ensure that it addresses the ethical issues that arise in the changing context of literacy research.
    • 2010 to  Present
      Committee Member
      Field Council, Literacy Research Association
      The purpose of the Field Council is to serve as an advisory council to the President and Board of Directors regarding the work of LRA. The Field Council promotes the recruitment, retention, and reclamation of LRA members. In addition, the Field Council is responsible for the dissemination of research and literacy practices through cooperative efforts with institutions and professional organizations and strives to build a strong network of LRA members within each state in order to increase the quality of communication and information dissemination between the Board of Directors and the membership.