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IMAGE: image: William Bintz

Dr. William Bintz, Ph.D

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - MCED

vita [pdf]

I am currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I have extensive classroom teaching experience including teaching high school English in Chicago, Illinois and San Juan, Puerto Rico; middle school language arts in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and grades 4-6 at an Alternative School in Bloomington, Indiana. I have also been a Visiting Lecturer in Language Education at the Armidale College of Advanced Education in Armidale, Australia, as well as an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, James Madison University, and the University of Kentucky. My personal experiences and professional interests include using award-winning literature to teach across the curriculum K-12, collaborative teacher research, and reading comprehension assessment. I have published numerous articles and book chapters in leading literacy journals such as The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Middle School Journal; presented at many international, national, and state conferences; and conducted professional development workshops throughout the United States.

IMAGE: image: Joanne Dowdy

Joanne Dowdy, Ph.D

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - LE

vita [pdf]

Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is a Professor at Kent State University, Ohio. A graduate of the Juilliard School in the theatre division, Dr. Dowdy continues to use her drama training to prepare teachers for the literacy classroom, and as a performer who facilitates writing development through interactive workshops. Her major research interests include documenting the experiences of Black women involved in education from adult basic literacy to higher education. She has written and edited twe;ve books. Her first book is a volume co-edited with Dr. Lisa Delpit, entitled, The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom (The New Press). Her second book, GED Stories: Black Women & Their Struggle for Social Equity, is published by Peter Lang. Her fifth book: Ph.D. Stories: Conversations with My Sisters, is published by Hampton Press and was awarded the 2009 American Educational Research Association Narrative and Research Special Interest Group's Outstanding Book Award. In The Public Eye, was released in October, 2009 by Commess University press. Connecting the Literacy Puzzle was released by Hampton Press in May, 2010. In 2014, OLYMPIC HERO: LENNOX KILGOUR'S STORY will be released by Caribbean Studies Press. This is Dr. Dowdy's first children's book.

IMAGE: image: Danielle Gruhler

Danielle Gruhler, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - LE - MCED

vita [pdf]

I began my professional career in 1991 as a third grade teacher in Solon, Ohio, after graduating from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I taught at the elementary level for nine years before leaving to teach full-time at the university. Upon completion of my Masterâ¹s Degree in Literacy Studies at John Carroll, I was invited to teach literature and language arts courses there in 1996 and 1997. I began my doctoral work at Kent State University in 1997. As a doctoral student, I served as both a Graduate Assistant and a Teaching Fellow. During my tenure as a doctoral candidate, I was awarded a University Fellowship for the 2001-2002 academic year. I have been on the full-time faculty at Kent for two years. I currently serve as the Co-coordinator for the Reading Endorsement cohort program. My research interests include the student and teacher discourse that surrounds the literacy processes of young readers and writers, and the ways in which teachers construct their professional thinking about literacy based on their personal and practical experiences.

IMAGE: image: William Kist

William Kist, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - LE

IMAGE: image: Gumiko Monobe

Dr. Gumiko Monobe

Assistant Professor 404P White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - LE - ECDE

vita [pdf]

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University.  I am originally from Japan and earned a B.A. with 1st - 6th grade teaching licensure in Elementary Education in the Education Department, Yokohama National University, Japan. I also attended Tamagawa University for my Pre-K teaching licensure.  After teaching in mostly Pre-K settings in Japan over 8 years, I decided to come to the United States to continue my education.  I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Meanwhile, I taught in varied settings including teaching as a University Field Experience Supervisor in the Early Childhood M.Ed. Program, an instructor for some courses including Introduction to Children’s Literature, in the Ohio State University, and a 6th grade classroom teacher in a local Japanese Saturday School. My research interests are focused on the population of children and their families, and teachers from diverse backgrounds, especially immigrant-ELL populations in and outside of school contexts. I find how the children and adults from diverse backgrounds develop their voices fascinating. I am also interested in their development of multiple identities and agency in the intersections of varied social aspects such as cultures, languages, societies, and nations.  I believe this is important to study in order to explore and co-create better educational environments and pedagogies for all children. I use qualitative research epistemologies and methodologies such as narrative inquiry. I am also interested in critical literacy and critically engaged learning using multicultural/international children’s literature and drama in teaching and research. 

IMAGE: image: Denise N. Morgan

Denise N. Morgan, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - CI

I received my B.S. from the University of Alabama in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and my M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. I taught Kindergarten, second and fourth grade in Illinois before earning my Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Language, Literacy and Culture. Upon my graduation in 2001, I accepted a three-year post doctoral position at the University of South Carolina to work on a federally funded grant studying long term professional development. I have worked at Kent State since 2004 and am currently an associate professor of literacy education and the Director of the Reading and Writing Center. My research interests include understanding in-service and pre-service teacher change in theoretical knowledge and practice and understanding student development as readers and writers.

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Dr. Kristine Pytash

Assistant Professor 404E White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - CI - ADED

vita [pdf]

Kristine E. Pytash is an assistant professor in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services, where she co-directs the secondary Integrated Language Arts teacher preparation program. She was a former high school English teacher. Her research focuses on disciplinary writing, the literacy practices of youth in alternative schools and juvenile detention facilities, and preparing preservice teachers to teach writing. 

IMAGE: image: Timothy Rasinski

Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D

Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE

vita [pdf]

Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is author of the best selling book on reading fluency entitled The Fluent Reader, published by Scholastic, and co-author of the award winning fluency program called Fluency First, published by the Wright Group. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim is currently writing the fluency chapter for Volume IV of the Handbook of Reading Research. Tim recently served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and from 1992 to 1999 he was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska.  In 2010 Dr. Rasinski was elected to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions in the fields of literacy and literacy education.

IMAGE: image: Alexa Sandmann

Alexa Sandmann, Ed.D.

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLCS - MCED - LE - CI

vita [pdf]

After graduating from Copley High School, I earned undergraduate degrees in English and Education, as well as a master's degree in Reading from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before earning my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati, I taught for five years in the public schools. Before coming to Kent State in 2004, I taught for two years at Northern Kentucky University and twelve years at the University of Toledo. I have served in varied leadership roles across the state: President of the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, having been a local council president several years before that; member of various state reading and writing committees; and Praxis III assessor. I present consistently at the national conventions of International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Middle School Association, as well as state literacy events. I directed the Toledo Area Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, for ten years. I am currently the director of the National Writing Project at Kent State University.

IMAGE: image: Lori Wilfong

Dr. Lori Wilfong, Ph.D

Associate Professor Stark Campus

Area: TLC - MCED - CI - LE

vita [pdf]

Lori G. Wilfong, Ph.D., began her career in East Los Angeles, CA, teaching English as a second language to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This sparked her interest in motivating adolescent readers and led to positions in Rootstown Local Schools and Maple Heights City Schools as a literacy coach and literacy specialist. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in Literacy Education from Kent State, Wilfong began her current position in the Middle Childhood Education and Curriculum & Instruction programs at the Stark Campus. She remains an active consultant in several area urban school districts, furthering her research interests in multicultural literature and education, fluency, and reading in the content areas.

IMAGE: image: Belinda Zimmerman

Dr. Belinda Zimmerman, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - ECDE - CI

Belinda S. Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education at Kent State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education.  In addition to years of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, literacy specialist, and professional development coordinator, Dr. Zimmerman served as a Regional Literacy Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education.  Her interests related to literacy are many, but she has always focused on helping struggling readers to achieve success and in assisting teachers in providing the highest quality literacy instruction possible for all learners. In addition to journal publications, Dr. Zimmerman is the co-author of the book Phonics Poetry, which she wrote with Dr. Timothy Rasinksi and Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written with Dr. Nancy Padak and Dr. Timothy Rasinski.  She has also authored chapters in several books on effective teaching practices.  She is a proud graduate of Kent State University where she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  Dr. Zimmerman credits Kent State University with supporting a very child-centered approach to teaching and for nurturing her deep and abiding respect for those who dare to teach. 

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