Gwendolyn Y. Turner, Ed.D.Founders Professor
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.
308 Marillac Hall
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Gwendolyn Y. Turner, Ed.D.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Bommarito, (2004) The Relationship between The Theoretical Orientation and the Reading Instructional Practices of Effective Primary Reading Teachers.
JoyLynn Pruitt, (2014) Women and the Superintendency: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling of Race and Gender
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.
“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.
Teacher Education Field Supervision
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- · 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
- 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
- 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
- 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