Associate professor, education 

Journal articles

  • "Literacy Begins with Language Skills." Next: The Teaching Young Children Staff Development Guide 3(4): 6-7 (2010).
  • "Literacy Begins with Language Skills." Teaching Young Children 3(4), 14-15 (2010).
  • "Paving the Way for Literacy: Three Factors Affecting Language Development in Children." Kansas Journal of Reading 25(1): 18-22 (2010).
  • "Literacy Tutoring that Works." Kansas Journal of Reading 25(1): 81-82 (2010) (with A. Dick).
  • "Improving Writing Instruction: Ten Activities for Enhancing Teachers' effectiveness at Teaching Writing." The Missouri Reader 33(2) (2009) (with D. Massengill Shaw and C.E. Heider).
  • "21st Century Project Based Learning: A Collaboration of the Classroom and the Community." The Transescent 34(1): 7-10 (2009) (with C.E. Heider).
  • "Preparing Teachers of Writing: Components of a Successful Course on Writing Instruction." The Reading Professor 31(1): 36-45 (12009).

Encyclopedia entries

  • "Special Education Case Law." Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2010.
  • "National Association of College and University Attorneys." Encyclopedia of Law and Higher Education. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2009.

Awards and honors

  • A. Roy Myers Excellence in Research Award (2013)
  • Studies and Research Award, Kansas Reading Association (2009)
  • Research in Reading Award, Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association (2009)

Offices and appointments

  • Research and studies committee chairwoman, Kansas Reading Association
  • Executive board member and historian, Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association
  • Kansas field council representative, National Reading Conference
  • Institutional representative, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Professors advisory panel, Scholastic Books


  • "To Ban or Not to Ban? That is the Question: How Preservice Teachers View Banned and Challenged Books" and "A Penguin, a Pony and One Naked Little Boy: An Examination of Banned and Challenged Books," International Reading Association Convention, Chicago, Ill., April 2010
  • "Endangered Species and Expendable Luxuries: The Scarcity of Secondary Reading Specialists" and "Teaching the Neglected: Six Activities to Enhance Writing Instruction," National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., December 2009
  • "The Foundation of Literacy: Activities to Develop the Oral Language Skills of Children," Plains International Reading Association Conference, Branson, Mo., November 2009
  • "The Key to a Successful Start with Literacy: Activities to Develop the Language Skills of Children," National Association for the Education of Young children Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2009
  • "Lowering the Dropout Rate: The High Demand and Low Supply of Secondary Reading Specialists," National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, San Antonio, Texas, October 2009
  • "The Freedom to Read v. the Right to Ban: Examining Banned and Challenged Books in Schools," Kansas Reading Conference, Topeka, October 2009
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