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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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Miriam Jorge, Ph.D.
Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor

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Shea Kerkhoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kerkhoff utilizes mixed methods to investigate critical, digital, and global literacies. For her dissertation study, she was named an International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Finalist. Her work has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Reading Research Quarterly. She taught high school English for seven years, including North Carolina and District of Columbia Public Schools. In 2018 she was named a Longview Foundation Global Teacher Educator fellow. 
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Katherine O'Daniels, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Katherine O'Daniels teaches courses in literacy assessment and instruction to students seeking initial teaching certification at both the graduate and undergraduate level in both face-to-face and online settings. Dr. O'Daniels also directs the Gateway Writing Project, a network of over 250 educators in schools across the St. Louis region who pride themselves in sharing expertise in writing across the curriculum; exploring new writing technology; promoting diversity, equity and social justice issues; building teacher leadership; and creating collaborative learning communities. Dr. O'Daniels' research focuses ...
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Rebecca Rogers, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education

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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Thomas R. Schnell, Ph.D.
Dean And Associate Professor Emeritus

Thomas Schnell received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a major in English and a minor in Speech. He received a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, majoring in Secondary Education-Reading and minoring in English literature. His Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Reading was awarded by SIU-Carbondale. Dr. Schnell taught in various Illinois high schools and one elementary school and at the St. Louis Community College district before coming to UM-St. Louis in 1971. At this institution he has twice served as chair of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, as Associate Dean, and as Interim Dean of the...
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Nancy Singer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

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. She is also a faculty lead in the English Education program. Her research interests include online support of beginning teachers, investigation of how teachers create and perceive their professional identities and philosophies, and mentoring teachers preparing for jobs in hard-to-staff schools.
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Nermin Vehabovic, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow