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Literacy Experts

Literacy education

Susan J. Britsch
Assistant professor, literacy and language education

(765) 494-5893

E-mail: sbritsch@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Studies child language socialization in families and communities, as well as the connection between teaching style and what's appropriate in a specific community. Also studies children's stories -- both told and written. Is a former nursery school teacher.

Beverly E. Cox
Associate professor, literacy education

(765) 494-3936

E-mail: becox@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Conducted and published research on language and literacy development from preschool to adult ages. Was project director for federal Student Literacy Corps at Purdue and conducts research into preschoolers' and elementary children's developing literacy.

Deborah R. Dillon
Associate professor, literacy and language education

Associate dean, School of Education

(765) 494-2354

E-mail: dillond@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Has published articles and given presentations on the roles of teachers and students as they work together to facilitate students' understanding of texts and writing of texts.

Charles A. Elster
Assistant professor, literacy education

(765) 494-6056; home: (317) 463-9148

E-mail: elster@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Researches emerging literacy and literature-based language arts programs. Is especially interested in how teachers and parents read books with children, how young children "pretend read" familiar books, and how adults organize literacy learning for children.

Margaret J. Finders
Assistant professor, English education and English

(765) 494-8118

E-mail: mfinders@sage.cc.purdue.edu

Research and teaching interests center on early adolescence and sociocultural dimensions of literacy learning. Work focuses on how social roles constrict and enable particular literate practices within and beyond the classroom. Recently received the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award.

Carol J. Hopkins
Associate professor, literacy education

(765) 494-3934

E-mail: hopkinsc@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Examines elementary-level instructional materials to determine the extent to which literacy research has been translated into practice. Is co-author of instructional materials for grades 1-6.

David G. O'Brien
Associate professor, literacy education

(765) 494-2356

E-mail: obriend@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Studies literacy in secondary schools, especially inservice and preservice teachers' beliefs and practices about content area literacy. Research is based on sociocultural, political and cultural aspects of secondary literacy.

Maribeth Schmitt
Clinical associate professor, literacy and language education

Director, Reading Recovery Program

(765) 494-9750

E-mail: mschmitt@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Has studied and written papers about literacy education in elementary and middle schools. Was a teacher and remedial reading specialist in Catholic schools for 11 years. First director of the Indiana Reading Recovery program, which provides special training for teachers who work one-on-one with first-grade pupils who otherwise might not learn to read. On editorial review boards of The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Reading Association, and "Literacy, Teaching and Learning". Won a national award for research on literacy.

Literacy in the workplace

Jerrold A. Nieminen
Associate professor, industrial technology, vocational education

(765) 494-1099

Has conducted research about education of displaced homemakers; technological literacy, including new methods or materials and process development; and graphic communication education.

Rodney C. Vandeveer
Assistant professor, organizational behavior

(765) 494-6804

E-mail: vandever@vm.cc.purdue.edu

Has 30 years of industry work experience in the areas of management, human resources and operations. Has special interest in partnerships between business and education and has researched adult literacy problems.


Muriel S. Harris
Professor, English

Director, Purdue Writing Lab

Editor, Writing Lab Newsletter

(765) 494-3723

E-mail: harrism@mace.cc.purdue.edu

Has published a widely used grammar handbook and a book about one-on-one conferencing with student writers. Developed and directs Purdue's nationally known on-campus and on-line writing lab. Expertise is in developing writing skills and tutoring.<