|Present||Professor of Education, Cedarville University ‐ School of Education|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|Member, International Reading Association||Member, Literacy Research Association||Member, National Council of Teachers of English|
Honors and Awards
- Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society
- Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society
- Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education - 2011
- International Reading Association Distinguished Finalist for Outstanding Dissertation Award - 2011
- Deans Service Award, Cedarville University - 2015
- Advanced Study in Developmental Reading
- Diagnostic and Remedial Reading: Early Childhood
- Intervention and Diagnosis in Reading: Special Education
- Reading in the Content Area: Middle Childhood
- Developmental Reading: Adult and Young Adult
- Language Development for Special Educators
- Behavioral and Instructional management: Special Education
- Young Children with Special Needs
- Special Education Law
- Reading in the Content Area: Multi-age
- Assessment in Special Education
|B.S., Bowling Green State University|
|Ph.D., The Ohio State University|
|M.Ed., Cedarville University|
School of Education
Masters Thesis (1)
Improving Cognitive/Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) of Low-achieving Sixth Grade Students: A Catalyst for Improving Proficiency Scores? Master of Education Research Theses (2005)
Cognitive/Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) is a construct developed by linguists that distinguishes everyday conversational language and language used in literature and on academic tests. The “No Child Left Behind Act” has created impetus for scientifically ...
Book Chapters (2)
Journal Articles (2)
Fostering Resilient Characteristics in Individuals with Learning Disabilities The ICCTE Journal (2009)
Educational resilience is an important term for teacher candidates in Christian institutions to understand. Resilience can be nurtured and instilled in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, and teacher candidates can play a vital ...
Learning Over Time: Uses of Intercontextuality, Collective Memories, and Classroom Chronotopes in the Construction of Learning Opportunities in a Ninth-grade Language Arts Classroom Language & Education: An International Journal (2009)
Framed within interactional sociolinguistics, microethnographic discourse analysis, and cognitive science, we examine how intercontextuality, collective memories, and classroom chronotopes were used in generating learning opportunities in a ninth-grade language arts classroom. Five consecutive videorecorded lessons ...
White Papers (2)
A Brief Introduction to Academic Language Education Faculty Publications (2015)
The theoretical concept of “academic language” came from research related to the education of speakers of other languages. Cummins (1981, 1984) made a distinction between “basic interpersonal communicative skills” (BICS) which are the language skills ...
Conference Presentations of Refereed Proceedings (1)
Conference Presentations of Refereed Papers (20)
Discourses Surrounding Academic Language: Conceptual Hurdles Moving from Theory to Practice in Teacher Education National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Conference (2013)
This presentation explored qualitative and quantitative research on current perceptions of academic language among Cedarville education students, education faculty, and area high school teachers.