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Faculty/Staff Directory

Literacy Research Area:

Ability to read and write one's own name and further for knowledge and interest, write coherently, and think critically about the written word

Published Faculty:

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Judith A. Cochran, Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education

Judith Cochran serves as Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education (RITE), a collaborative of six universities, Jennings, St. Louis Public and Normandy School Districts and ten youth agencies. Before her selection as an E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor, Dr. Cochran was the Director of Teacher Education at Wright State University, Assistant Dean of Students at Arizona State University and a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Egypt and Turkey. Her recognition as a teacher, administrator and researcher in urban and international education are the basis of her invitations to be a Visiting Scholar and Faculty Research Associate...
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Ralph Córdova, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Ralph A. Córdova Jr. is an educational ethnographer and researcher. He “grew up teaching” as teacher-researcher in elementary bilingual Spanish/English settings in Santa Barbara, CA. During these early years, he collaborated long-term with Drs. Judith Green, Carol Dixon, Beth Yeager and Sheridan Blau, founders of the Center for Teaching for Social Justice at University of California Santa Barbara. This shared work helped Córdova to draw on an interactional ethnographic perspectives and literary theories to conceive of formal learning places like classrooms, and, semi-formal places such as museums as cultural landscapes for learning. He has worked closely with the National Writin...
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Nicholas Husbye, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Charis Price, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Charis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D) and received her Ph.D in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. She is a research affiliate with the University of Missouri Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Support.
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Rebecca Rogers, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Rogers is an educational researcher who specializes in literacy studies, teacher learning and critical discourse studies. Her research focuses on the socio-political contexts of literacy and language education and situates critical discourse analysis within an ethnographic tradition. She has published seven books and over 80 articles and chapters in national and international journals such as: Reading Research Quarterly, Linguistics & Education, Critical Discourse Studies, Discourse, Critical Inquiry into Language Studies, the Journal of Literacy Research, Review of Research in Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching Education, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Reading and Writing Quarterly ...
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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Dr. Singer directs the Gateway Writing Project (GWP) and is a faculty lead in the English Education program.