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Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership

Professor Turner received her BA degree from Arkansas State University; her MEd. in Adult Education and Ed.D. in Secondary Education and Reading from the University of Arkansas. She has served as a Social Studies Teacher, Reading and Communications Specialist, Educational Consultant, Adult Educator, Family Literacy Specialist, and Teacher Educator. She has served as a board member for the College Reading Association (Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers), English Language Learning Center, Suburban St. Louis International Reading Association, Scholarship Foundation, and MO Partners of the Americas. She has served as a member of the MO Advisory Council on Education's Task Force on What Works in Schools Design Team, the MO Advisory Council on Education Certification, and the MO Reading Leadership Team, and as a member of the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education State Evaluation Team. She is a member of the National Conference for Research in Literacy, the International Reading Association, and International Council on Education for Teaching, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Turner has served as a visiting Professor in South Africa, Brazil, and Bolivia and is keenly interested in international education. She is currently serving as a Founder's Professor working with graduate students exploring literacy issues of African American males, literacy challenges in urban schools, and stress factors in urban teachers.

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(314) 516-5791


308 Marillac Hall

Gwendolyn Y. Turner, Ed.D.

University of Missouri-St. Louis

One University Blvd.

St. Louis, MO  63121

Phone: 314-516-5791


Academic Background and Positions

 August, 2013             Founders’ Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)

1989-2013                   Associate Professor-Emeritus, Teaching and Learning (T&L)

                                           Faculty Steward & Area Leader for Literacy Faculty (UMSL)

1986-1989                   Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction: Reading

Oklahoma State University (OSU)

1983-1986                   Assistant Professor, Teacher Education: Reading

University of Arkansas (UA)

1980-1983                    Instructor, Teacher Education: Reading

University of Arkansas

1979-1980                    Reading/Communications Specialist & Assistant Director

Developmental Skills Center, Univ. of Central Arkansas (UCA)

1978-1979                   Reading and Social Studies Teacher

Ft. Smith Public Schools, Arkansas

1973-1979                   Adult Education Instructor, Phillips College, Helena, Arkansas

1973                           Social Worker: Family Services

 Visiting Professorships

1995    Federal University of Para, Belem, Brazil

1994    University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

1984    American Schools in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, & La Paz, Bolivia


Center for International Studies: University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2006

Graduate School Faculty Research: University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2005-2006


 Doctor of Education—Secondary/Adult Education—Reading, University of Arkansas, 1983

Master of Education--Adult Education, University of Arkansas, 1978

Bachelor of Arts-- Sociology, Arkansas State University, 1973

Teacher Certification

 K-12 Reading Specialist, Adult Education, Social Studies (6-12)



Bey, T., & Turner, G., (1996) Making School a Place of Peace. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press


Song, K., & Turner, G. (2010). Visual literacy and its impact on teaching and learning. In T. Yuzer & G. Kurubacak (Eds.) Transformative Learning and online Education: Aesthetics, Dimensions, and Concepts (pp. 185-200). New York: IGI Global.

Turner, G. (1996). Integrating the language arts. In J. Baltas, & S. Shafer (Eds.),A Staff Development Guide to Balanced Reading: Grades 3-6 (pp. 36-40) New York: Scholastic Inc.

 Turner, G. (1992). Preparing literacy teachers: Elements of an effective training model. Literacy Research and Practice: Foundation for the Year 2000. N. Padak, T. Rasinski, & J. Logan (Eds.) (pp.127-133). Pittsburgh, KS: College Reading Assoc.

 Turner, G. (1988). Examining the metacognitive learning strategies of students. In K. Klopenstein (Ed.), International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives (153-154) Chicago, Illinois: ISETA.

 Articles and Peer-Reviewed Papers

Turner, G. (2013). Common Core: Extending the Dialogue.

Turner, G. (2001). Teachers as peacemakers: Are they meeting the challenge of Reducing violence in schools? Teacher Education and the Challenges of Change: Alternatives and Innovations. International Yearbook on Teacher Education: Wheeling, IL: International Council on Education for Teaching.

Turner, G. (1998). Integrating exploring pre-service teachers’ knowledge and use of communication technology. Promoting Quality Teacher Education for an Interconnected World: International Yearbook on Teacher Education.  Arlington, VA: International Council on Education for Teaching. 37-47.

Turner, G. (1995). Thematic approaches to learning: Research shows ten clear benefits. Vol. 8, 1-8. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Turner, G.  (1993). Adult Literacy Assessment: Challenging the Status Quo. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference. In K. Freer, & G. Dean (Eds.) (pp. 153-156). Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University.

Turner, G.  (1992). Motivating reluctant readers: What can educators do? Reading Improvement, 29(1), 50-55.

Turner, G. (1992). College students’ self-awareness of study behaviors. College Student Journal, 26(1), 129-134.

Turner, G. (1991). Preparing successful teachers for urban schools. Gateways toTeacher Education, 4(1), 28-37.

Turner, G. (1991). The metacognitive strategies of pre-service teachers. The Reading Professor, 13(2), 4-7.          

Turner, G. (1990). The university’s role in promoting adult competency education. Adult Literacy and Basic Education, 14(2), 116-123.

Turner, G. (1990). Helping college readers succeed through metacognitive training. The Reading Instruction Journal, 34(1), 11-15.

Turner, G. (1989). Promoting learning autonomy: Helping students become independent learners. Reading Horizons, 29(2), 110-116.

Turner, G. (1989). An examination of metacognitive learning strategies of students. Connexions, 2(3), 3.

Turner, G. (1987). The learning strategies of pre-service teachers: A closer look.Reflecting on Our Past to Inform Future Practice. Proceeding of the Oklahoma Education Research Symposium IV, 109-114.

Turner, G. (1987). Self-awareness of study behaviors: The first step in promoting learning autonomy. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland: Current and Future Trends in Reading, Dublin, Ireland, 269-288.

Turner, G. (1986). Literacy in the 21st Century. Transforming the Present for the Future. Selections for the 9th Annual Conference of the Southern Futures Society. 216-220.

 K-8 Reading Series

Block, C., Gambrell, L., Hamilton, V., Hartman, D., Hasselbring, T., Klein, A., Medrano, H., Pinnell, G., Reutzel, D., Rose, D., Schifini, A., Seamster, D., Sharp, Q., Shefelbine, J., Turner, G. (2000) Literacy Place…It Works and Kids Like it!  Revised Edition. New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Gambrell, L., Hartman, D., Kirby-Linton, K., Medrano, H., Mitchell, A., Pinnell, G., Reutzel, D., Rose, D., Schifini, A., Seamster, D., Sharp, Q., Shefelbine, J., Turner, G., Wells, W. (1996). Literacy Place. New York: Scholastic Inc.

 Book Reviews

Turner, G. (1996).  Speaking of reading, Nadine Rosenthal, Heinemann Press. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 39(8), pp. 691-692.

Turner, G. (1993). Reading for meaning: Teaching selected strategies, V. Meyer & D. Keefe. Literacy Lingo, XXIII, No.1, p. 5.

Turner, G. (1990). Textbooks in school and society: An annotated bibliography guide to research, A. Woodard, D. Elliott, & K. Nagel, Education Libraries, 15(1-2), p. 40.

Turner, G. (1989). Resources for education equity: A guide for grades pre-Kindergarten-12, M. Froschl and B. Sprung, Education Libraries, 14(3), pp. 130-131.

Turner, G. (1989). Multicultural Education: A source book. P. Ramsey, E. Vold, & L. Williams, Education Libraries, 14(3), pp. 128-129.

Turner, G. (1989). Adolescent literacy: What works and why? J. Davidson &D. Koppenhaver, Education Libraries, 14(3), pp. 128-129.

 Other Publications

Turner. G. (1991). New Readers’ Gazette, St. Louis is proud of Bertha Gilkey, Literacy Lingo, 21(4).

Turner, G. (1991). New Readers’ Gazette, St. Louis is proud of Grace Bumbry,Literacy Lingo, 21(1), 7-8.


Turner, G. (1983). A comparison of computer assisted instruction and a

programmed instructional booklet in teaching selected phonics skills to pre-service teachers. Dissertation Abstracts International.

Manuscripts under Review

Turner, G., Scholar identities in urban adolescents learners

Turner, G., Honoring their voices: Lessons learned from urban teens.

Turner, G., The importance of parents in the academic development of urban teens.

Program and Accreditation Evaluations

Team Leader: Evaluation of Charter Schools Sponsored by UMSL, 2004

 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education DESE Evaluation Team

 Member for universities in Missouri

 Research Interests

Exploring pre-service teachers use of technology

Exploring metacognition and learning with urban and adolescent youth

Studying the impact of literacy and learning on males and adolescents

Reducing violence and promoting peace in schools

Grants, Contracts, Service Agreements

National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future: Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (2012-2013) $15,000 awarded. Principal Investor (PI)


National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future:  Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (2011-2012) $15,000 awarded. Co-PI with Virginia Navarro


U.S. Department of Education’s 7-year Gateway to GEAR UP project on preparing at-risk urban students for college and career readiness, 2011. Co-PI with M. Tranel, H. Sherman, & C. Hoagland, $13,353,000. Not Funded.


Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund: Accelerated Reading Certification Program. 2009. $100,000 awarded. Designed to assist urban teachers in obtaining K-12 reading certification and training.


Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund: Accelerated Reading Certification program. Co-PI with Susan Catapano, 2007, $130,000 awarded.


U. S. Department of Education’s 5-year GEAR-UP project on preparing at-risk

children for post-secondary education. Co- PI with Simmons, Beckwith, & Hoagland, 2005, $28 million awarded.


U.S.  Department of Education’s 5-year project on Science Reading and Writing.

Co-PI with P. Simmons. 2003.  $1,250388. Not Funded


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s 5-year research

project on Family Literacy and Urban School Success. Co-PI with E. P. Isaac. 2002, $530,343 requested, not funded.


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Adult Education and Literacy Instructor’s English Language Civics Curriculum for Limited-English Proficient adults, 2002, $23,000 awarded.


UMSL grant from the Office of Research Administration to support travel to the International Council on Education for Teaching World Conference in July 2001 held in Chile, $1000 awarded.


USAID grant to support travel to Belem, Brazil in 1996 to teach seminar in adult education and civic participation, $1500 awarded.


UMSL Faculty Incentive Research grant to examine the literacy and metacognitive abilities of students participating in a pre-collegiate program, $625 awarded.


Graduating for Success, collaborative learning program targeted at first term

minority students in science, engineering and mathematics, 1994 Co-PI with L. Richardson funded by Southwestern Bell Foundation, $25,000 awarded.

University of Missouri grant from the Office of Research Administration for travel to International Council on Education for Teaching World Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, $1000 awarded.


Oklahoma State University’s Center for Effective Instruction in 1989 to Explore improving parent/teacher interaction: working together to help students succeed, $400 awarded.

Graduate Advisement

Doctoral Dissertation Chair

Sonya Murray, (2014). Culturally Relevant Literacy for 4th and 5th Grade African American Male Students: Honoring Students’ Voices 

Paula Knight, (2014). Reading Achievement and Family Literacy Behaviors of Black Boys.

Katherine Bradarich, (2012). Evaluating the Pragmatic Analytical Reading Level  Instruction (PARLI) Framework: A Mixed Methods         Research & Development Case.

Mitzi Brammer,  (2007). Decision Making and Assessment of Effective Professional Development in Communication Arts by Administrators and Teachers.

Florence Williams, (2008). The Effects of Multi-Sensory Phonics and Visualization Interventions on Struggling Readers.

Denise Cunningham,  (2005). Effects of Public School Pre-School Quality on the Language and Literacy Development of At-Risk Pre-kindergarten Students

Paula Witkowski, (2004). A Comparison Study of Two Intervention Programs for Reading Delayed High School Students.

Sam Bommarito,  (2004) The Relationship between The Theoretical Orientation and the Reading Instructional Practices of Effective Primary Reading Teachers.

Cynthia Gordinier, (2002). The Relationship Between Learning Style and Theoretical Orientation to Reading Instruction.

Doctoral Committee Chair: (Tentative Research Topics)

Katie O’Daniels, Exploring Critical Literacy with Developmental College Students

Michelle Drake, Literacy Development, Urban Schools, Teacher Resilience

Clover Noack, Literacy Coaches and Shifting Responsibilities

Allison Bozart, Reading and Vision Problems

Dissertation Committee

JoyLynn Pruitt, (2014) Women and the Superintendency: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling of Race and Gender

Cheryl Osby, (2013). Women in YWCA Leadership

Candice Carter Oliver, (2013). Lived Experiences—St. Louis Educators after the 1954 Brown Decision.

Sharonica Hardin (2013) Strategic Management of Human Capital in Urban Education

Charlene Stanton, (2005). A Construct Validity Assessment of the Instructional Perspectives Inventory.

Patricia Porterfield, (2004). Andragogical Orientation of Nurse Educators in Associate Degree Programs.

Gretchen Drinkard, (2003).  Instructional Perspectives of Nurse Educators in Distance Education Classrooms.

Robert D. Wold (2002).  Incorporating Adult Learning Techniques When Training Adults in Non-Academic, Technical Training Environments.

Dang Thanh Trinh (2002). Factors Related to Public High School Completion and Non-Completion Among Vietnamese Refugee Students.  

David Lee McCall, (2001), Motivational Components of Self-Directed Learning Among Undergraduate Students.

Robert A. Paydon, (2000). The Occurrence and Effectiveness of Non-Academic Advising and Counseling by Faculty of Adult Education.

Robert A. Paydon, (2000). The Occurrence and Effectiveness of Non-Academic Advising and Counseling by Faculty of Adult Education

Miliska Knauft, ( 1998 ), Measuring three facets of trust in learning.

Jane Daily Snyder (1998), The Effects of Workplace Literacy Instruction in an Industrial Setting and Two Health Care Settings.

Marion E. Sweeney, (1997). Graduate Internships and Independent Studies in Adult Ed.

M. Susan Dawson, (1997). Instructional Perspectives of Nurse Educators.

Gail Lowe Worrell, (1997). The Middle School and the Whole Child: A Foucauldian Archaeology and Derridian Deconstruction.

John E. Jackson, (1994). Fouault and Education Policy Analysis Head Start and the Special Case of African-Americans.

John Kulla-Branz, (1993). Evaluating Formal Mentoring: A Program Improvement Model.

Hsiu-hsiung Chang, (1990). The Relationships Among Contract Learning, Self-Directed Learning Readiness, and Learning Preferences of Undergraduate Students at National Taiwan Normal University.

Papers and Presentations at International /National/Regional Meetings

“From Page to Screen: Affordances of Electronic Readers” by N. Husbye and G. Turner, proposed for inclusion in the 2013 National Council of Teacher Education Annual Meeting

Encountering International Literature: "Reading the World" to Move Toward Critical Literacy, with P. Wilkinson, International Reading Association (IRA), San Antonio, May 2013.

“Partnering to Link Teachers, K-12 Students and Community Partners with 'edweb' Tools,  with V. Navarro, Focus on Teaching with Technology, St. Louis, November 2012.

Critical Questions and Critical Narratives, with P. Wilkinson, International Reading Association (IRA), Chicago, May, 2012. 

You Too teach Literacy”, with D. Malcolm, IRA, Florida, May 2011.

 Content Teachers as Reading Teachers”, with D. Malcolm, Regional International Reading Association Conference, Branson, November 2010.

“Teachers as Researchers: Using Action Research in the classroom.” International Education Conference, Hawaii, January 2005.

Selecting Multicultural Literature for older students” Teacher Education Conference, Webster University, November 2004.

Teachers as peacemakers: Are They Meeting the Challenge of Reducing Violence in

 Schools.” International Council on Education for Teaching, Santiago, Chile, July 2001.

Exploring Pre-Service Teacher’s Knowledge and Use of Communication Technology.” International Council on Education for Teaching, Muscat, Oman, December 1997.

“Peace Education in a World of Violence,” with I. Brunner, International Association for Intercultural Education, Sodertalje, Sweden, August 1997.

Exploring Peace Education through Literature.” Wisconsin State Reading Association Council, Milwaukee, January 1997.

Developing Expository Strategies for Guiding Content Reading.”  California Reading Association, November 1997.

Expository Strategies Integrating Real World Sources of Text.” Milwaukee Area Reading Council, Milwaukee, January 1996.

Developing Extended Partnership in School Reform.” International Council on Education for Teaching, Amman, Jordan, December 1996.  

Motivational Factors in Family Literacy.” International Reading Association New Orleans, May 1996. 

Teaching Values of Tolerance and Peace in Today’s Schools.” International Council on Education for Teaching, Brunei, July 1995.

 Building a Literacy Community.” Dade County Florida Instructional Education Series, Miami, November 1995.

Literacy in Urban Schools: Special Opportunities, Special Considerations”, California Educators Literacy Retreat, Orange County, August 1995.

 Literacy: What is it?” IRA Literacy in Action Series, Anaheim, May 1995.

Adult Literacy: Redefining Learners, Programs, and Strategies.” College Reading and Learning Association, Tempe, April 1995.

 Preparing Teachers for Multiple Settings.” Association of Teacher Educators, (ATE) Detroit, February 1995.

Adult Literacy: Where have we been? Where are we headed?” College Reading Association, Clearwater, Florida, November 1995.

Perspectives on Peace: Integrating Peace and Teacher Education.” American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, May 1994.

Preparing Teachers to Work in Urban Settings.” International Reading Association Scholastic Literacy Action Series, Toronto, May 1994.

Our Journey to Literacy Proficiency.”  Diamond State International Reading Association Conference, Delaware, October 1995.

School /University Partnerships.” ATE, February, Atlanta, 1994.

Motivating Reluctant Readers.” Reading Association of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, August 1994.

Professional Development Schools: Developing Partnerships to Improve Teacher Education.” College Reading Association, Richmond, November 1993.

Preparing Teachers to Effectively Teach at-Risk, Urban Students.” International Council on Education for Teaching, Brazil, July 1993.

Adult Literacy Assessment: Challenging the Status Quo.” Midwest Research to Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education, Ohio State University, October 1993.

"Preparing Teachers to Work with At-risk Students by Focusing on Metacognitive Strategies.” International Reading Association, Orlando, May 1992.

Preparing Literacy Teachers: What Works.”  College Reading Association, South Carolina, November 1992.

Missouri Adult Literacy Evaluation—Looking Backward, Looking Forward:

Perspectives on the ABE Programs in Missouri.” College Reading Association, Virginia, November 1991.

Teacher training: Developing an Effective Model for Professional and Volunteer

Literacy Teachers.” Association of Teacher Educators, New Orleans, February 1991.

Civic Identity, Schooling and the American Dream.”  Institute on Literacy and Civic Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, August 1990. 

An Overview of the Impact of Metacognition on Learning.” Arizona State University, Faculty colloquium, Tempe, July 1990.

 Research and Teacher Certification.” with K. Bull. International Reading Association,Atlanta, May 1990.

Extended Teacher Education Programs: The Impact on Graduate Reading Programs.” with K. Bull.  Oklahoma Teacher Education Conference, October 1989.

Improving College Reading Programs through Metacognitive Training.” College Reading Association, Philadelphia, November 1989.

"The Teacher as A Learner: Helping Teachers in Training improve their own Learning Strategies.”  Association of Teacher Educators, St. Louis, February 1989.

Examining the Metacognitive Skills of Students.”  International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives, Chicago, October 1988.

The University’s Role in Promoting Adult Competency Education.” American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Tulsa, November 1988.

Self-awareness of Study Behaviors: The First Step in Promoting Learning Autonomy.”Reading Association of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, September 1987.

Motivating Reluctant Learners.” Virgin Islands Territorial Reading Conf., April, 1984,

Education in the United States.” Beijing University, Beijing, China, December 1984.

Workshops, Seminars, and Special Sessions

Niagara Foundation's Intercultural Exchange" at Bilkent University (Ankara) & Karadeniz Technical University (Trabzon) Turkey, June, 2013.

Creating working relationships between parents and school personnel, Confluence Academy, St. Louis, 2013

Becoming College Ready—Meeting the ACT College Readiness Standards” workshop series for UMSL GEAR UP students (2005-2012).

Aligning the Curriculum, Standards and Assessments” Jennings, MO School, 2011.

Differentiated Instruction: Does it make a Difference?” Normandy, MO School, 2011.

Using Data to improve instruction” Normandy MO School District, 2010.

Selecting Culturally Sensitive Literature,” Francis Howell MO School District, 2004.

Helping Academically Deficient College Students Succeed” St. Louis Community College Faculty, May, 2004.

Using Literacy to improve learning in Physical Education”, Riverview Gardens, MO, 2004.

 Promoting Peace Education, Webster University, MO, November, 2003.

 Literacy Across Content Areas, “St. Louis Public Schools, March, 2002.

Reading Across the Curriculum,” Roosevelt Ninth Grade Learning Center, St. Louis Public Schools, May 2001.

Developing a Lifelong Learning Institution,” with J. Henschke, G. Grace, & P. Isaac,University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South  Africa, May 2001.

Reaching Out to Older Struggling Readers,” Scholastic University for Educators, Orlando, Florida, July 2000.

Recent Reading Research and Practical Classroom Observations,” University CitySchools, March 2000.

 Interactive Literacy Strategies,” University City MO Schools, June 2000.

 Multiple Intelligence and Reading,” University City MO Schools, August 2000.

 Professional Development Seminars on Content Area Reading, The Writing Process and

"Designing Instructional Units,” Epstein Hebrew Academy, MO, December 2000.

Improving the Communication Arts.” Dallas Public Schools, April 2000.

 Improving Adult and Higher Education Programs” with J. Henschke, CARITAS,Higher Education faculty, Hong Kong, March 2000.

 Organizing and Promoting Adult and Graduate Education,” with J. Henschke, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, October 1998.

 Improving Reading and Writing,” Dallas Literacy Institute, Dallas, March 1999.

Reading First Workshop,” Granite City, Illinois Public Schools, October 1999

 Meeting the Challenge for Early Literacy,” Normandy Schools, December 1998.

 Improving Reading for All Children, Granite City, Illinois Pubic Schools, June 1998.

 Motivating Readers,” New Jersey Educators, Paramus, New Jersey, October 1997.

 Creating Effective Adult Education and Human Resource Development Programs,” with J. Henschke, Federal University of Para, Belem, Brazil, February 1996.

Building Bridges through Teamwork,” New York Administrators District #1,New York, March 1996.

Conflict Resolution for Parents and Teachers of Young Children,” Ferguson-Florissant, MO, School Link Program. February, 1996.

Urban Literacy, Special Challenges, Special Considerations,” California Reading Association’s 2nd Annual Literacy Leadership Retreat, San Pedro, August 1996.

Making School a Safe Place for Learning,” Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles, 1997.

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School,” Hillsborough County Education Supervisor’s Council, Tampa, FL May 1996.

Thematic Approaches to Learning,” Trenton Schools, New Jersey, September 1995.

Motivational Strategies for Struggling Readers,” California Reading Association’s Literacy Leadership Retreat, San Pedro, August 1995.

 Meeting the Learning Needs of Diverse Students” Special Graduate Professional Development Seminar for Chaney Elementary Faculty, St. Louis, 1994.

Resources for Urban Teachers,” Urban Families College Bound Conference, Webster University, St. Louis, October 1994.

Cultural Diversity” Early Childhood Education Conference, St. Louis, September 1994.

Promoting Family Literacy,” workshop series presented to Early Childhood Even Start Faculty, Ferguson-Florissant, MO School District, 1993.

Reading Brush-Up,” St. Louis Community College Adult Basic Education Training Program, Florissant Valley, July

Learning Styles of Adults,” Missouri Adult Basic Education Teachers, July 1992.

Training Tutor Trainers,” Southern Illinois University Literacy Conference, April, Edwardsville, April 1991.

 The Reading Demands of Mathematics,” Literacy Investment for Tomorrow-Missouri,UM-St. Louis, January 1990. 

Learning and Motivation of Adult Students,” Oklahoma Junior College of Business and Technology, Tulsa, April 1989.

Motivating Teachers of Low SES Students,” Parker School District, Oklahoma, 1989.

 Teacher Education Field Supervision

Entry Year Teacher and Student Teacher Supervision for Reading and Secondary Content Areas at Oklahoma State University (1986-1989).

 Student Teacher Supervision in Reading and Secondary Education at the University of Arkansas (1983-1986). 

Courses Taught

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Supervision of Practicum in Clinical Reading

Critical Discourse

Differentiated Instruction

Teaching Reading in the Elementary Schools

Meeting the Literacy Needs of Diverse Learners

Problems and Research in Teaching Elementary School Reading

Clinical Methods in Child Study

Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities

Teaching Reading in Secondary Content Areas

Developmental Reading

Literacy Training

Analysis and Correction of Reading Problems


Oklahoma State University

Skill Development in Reading

Foundations of Reading

Reading for Secondary Teachers

Clinical Practices in Reading

Reading in the Content Areas for Elementary Schools


University of Arkansas

Reading and Language Arts

Correlates of the Reading Process

Developmental Reading and Study Skills

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Supervision of Practicum in Clinical Reading

Organization and Administration of Reading Programs

Educational Foundations

Adult Learner

Recognition and Achievements

Faculty Service Award in Recognition of 20 years of Research, Teaching and Service, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). 2008


Outstanding Leadership and Service in Education, 2008. The Links, Inc.


College of Education Dean’s Award for Community Outreach and Service, 2007- 2008. University of Missouri-St. Louis.


Board of Directors: Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, 2003-2005.


Distinguished Women’s Award, Top Ladies of Distinction, 2004.


Excellence in Education Award, St. Louis American, 2003


Board of Directors Recognition Award, College Reading Association, 1999.


Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Education Alumni, 1999.


Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service for Academic, Humanitarian, and Professional Service, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1998.


Meritorious Service Award presented by the Students with Disabilities Association, University of Missouri-St. Louis. 1996.


Special Recognition Award by UMSL Black Faculty Staff Association, 1995


ATE Recognition for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, Association of Teacher Educators, 1994.


Who’s Who in American Education, 1994.


Special Service Award, Missouri NEA, 1991.


Invited participant to the Institute on Reading, Writing, and Civic Education, Harvard University, 1990.


Achafoa Apple for Teacher Award 1988-89, Oklahoma State University, Mortar Board, 1989.


Phi Delta Kappa’s Gerald Howard Read International Seminar Scholarship for study abroad. Study tour of the People’s Republic of China, 1985.


Academic Research Scholarship, Modern Curriculum Press, 1983.


Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1982.


Wilson Scholarship, Arkansas Federation of Business and Professional Women, 1981.


Editorial Review Board Member

            Exploring Adult Literacy (2000-present)

            Reading Research and Instruction (1996-1999)

            The Reading Teacher  (1997-present)

            The Journal of Reading Education (1997-1998)

            University of Missouri Press Faculty Committee (1995-1996)

Professional Service

Leadership in Professional Organizations

  • Missouri Task Force on Closing the Achievement Gap 2004-2005
  •  Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Representative to
  •  Missouri Advisory Council on Education Certification (2003-2006)
  • Board of Directors (Elected), St. Louis Literacy Council
  • Board of Directors (Elected), College Reading Association, 1996-1999.
  • Board of Directors (Elected), Missouri Partners of the Americas, 1996-1998.
  • Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee, College Reading Assoc. 1997-2000.
  • Co-Chair, Arrangements College Reading Association 1992 Annual Meeting.


Service in National Organizations

  • Literacy Research Association (LRA) Field Council                         
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  •      Editorial Review Board, The Reading Teacher, 2002-
  •      Manuscript Reviewer
  •      IRA Proposal Reviewer 2001-2002
  •      Advisory Council for The Reading Teacher, 1997-1999
  •      Review Committee for Exemplary School Reading Program, 199
  • College Reading Association  (CRA) Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers)
  •        Reviewer
  •        Proposal Reviewer, 2000; 1997-1999
  •        Publications Committee, 1995-1998
  •         Editorial Advisory Board for the CRA Yearbook, 1990
  •         Adult Learning Division, Secretary 1992
  •          Nominating Committee, 1992
  •          Membership Committee, 1990          
  • Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
  •          National Planning Committee for 1996 ATE Conference
  •           Hospitality Committee, 1996
  •           Commission on School Violence Prevention, 1995-96
  •           Committee on Teachers in Urban Schools, 1990-1992
  •           Commission on Preparing Teachers for Diverse Settings, 1993-1994
  •            Fiscal Affairs Committee, 1989-1992
  •            Monograph Reviewer, 1990
  • American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  •            Institutional Representative, UM-SL, 1998---2012
  •            Institutional Representative, Oklahoma State University, 1986-1989
  •            Program proposal Reviewer, 1991


Partnerships and Community Service

  • ·      Board of Directors, English Language Learning Center
  • ·      Board of Directors, Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
  • ·      Reading Leadership Team for the State of Missouri
  • ·      Board of Directors, St. Louis Suburban International Reading Association
  • ·      Missouri Advisory Council on Education Accreditation Representative to
  • ·      Missouri Task Force on What Works in Schools Design Team
  • ·      Great Cities Universities/Schools Partnership
  • ·      Missouri Advisory Council on Education Certification
  • ·      Tertiary Educational Linkages Program South Africa/America Institutional Review Team member to examine Institutional                           Culture  for LifelongLearning at the University of the Western Cape, CapeTown South Africa, 2001
  • ·      Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • ·      State Evaluation Team for Webster University, 1993
  • ·      State Evaluation Team for Southwest Missouri State University, 1991
  • ·     National Planning Committee for the 1994 Parents as Teachers Conference
  • ·      Family Literacy Project Advisor to Ferguson-Florissant School District, 1993—1995
  • ·      Family Literacy Advisor---Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, 1993
  • ·      Professional Development School Program Coordinator at Chaney Elementary School, St. Louis, 1993-1994
  • ·      Professional Development School Program Coordinator at River Bend School & Highcroft Ridge School, St. Louis, 1994-1996
  • ·      Partnerships with St. Louis Area Schools:  Ferguson Middle School, Duchesne Elementary School, & Nathaniel Hawthorne                  Elementary School, 2000-2004
  • ·      Board Member, St. Louis Literacy Council, 1990—2000
  • ·      Community initiatives Task Force on Literacy Providers, United Way, 1991                                                                       

Consultant to school districts

  • Confluence Academy, St. Louis
  • Chaminade Preparatory School, St. Louis
  • Frances Howell School District, St. Charles, MO
  • Riverview Gardens School District, St. Louis
  • University City Public Schools, St. Louis
  • Normandy School District, St. Louis
  • St. Louis City Schools: Roosevelt 9th Grade Learning Center
  • Wellston School District: Central Middle School, St. Louis
  • Granite City, Illinois Public Schools
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Westchester County, New York Public Schools
  •  Houston Unified Schools
  •  Miami-Dade Schools
  •  Los Angeles Unified School Districts
  • Milwaukee Public School
  • Trenton, New Jersey Public Schools
  • Dover, Delaware Public Schools
  • Dallas Public Schools                                                                      

Professional Memberships

  •             Literacy Research Association
  •             American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  •             Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  •             International Reading Association
  •             Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (College Reading Association)
  •             Phi Kappa Phi
  •             National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy
  •             International Council on Education for Teaching
  •             Professors of Reading Teacher Educators
  •             Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading
  •             Phi Delta Kappa           

University Service

  •             Chancellor’s Task Force for UMSL-23: 1 Partnership
  •             Honorary Awards
  •             Master of Education Review Committee
  •             Committee for Program Quality
  •             Teaching & Learning Faculty Steward
  •             Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects, 1990-2004)
  •             Office of Research Administration Advisory Committee (2004-2005)
  •             Graduate Faculty Secretary (re-elected 2002-2003)
  •             Doctoral Faculty
  •             Graduate Education Council, Chair, 2002-2003
  •             Assessment of Educational Outcomes
  •             UM- South African Exchange Program Committee, 2000--2013
  •             Faculty Liaison with the Lyon France Teacher Exchange Program, 2000—2009
  •             Faculty Senate, Assessment of University Programs, 2001
  •             Faculty Senate, 1994-2000
  •             Faculty Council, 1999-2000
  •             Search Committee Member:
  •                         Director of UM South Africa Program
  •                         English Education Faculty
  •                         Shopmaker Endowed Professor to Springboard to Learning
  •                         E. Desmond Lee Professor in African-African American Studies
  •                         Endowed Professor of Urban Education
  •                         Associate-Vice Chancellor & Dean of Continuing Education
  •                         Reading and Language Arts Faculty  
  •             Graduate Faculty Secretary, 1993, 2001
  •             Doctoral Faculty Review Committee, Chair, 1999
  •             Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Task Force, 2000--2005
  •             International Relations Committee, Chair, 1999
  •             Senate Committee on Committees, 1998
  •             Graduate Affairs, 1993-1997
  •             Enrollment Management, 1997-1999
  •             Tenure and Promotion Advisory, College of Education 1996-1999
  •             University Libraries, 1993
  •             Art Work Review, 1992 
  •             Graduate Council Scholarship Committee, Chair, 1992
  •             Faculty Research and Development, 1991
  •             Faculty Advisor: UMSL Student National Education Association—1990
  •             Faculty Advisor: Alpha XI Delta, 1990