|Present||Assistant Professor of Education, Cedarville University ‐ School of Education|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|Present||Member, American Educational Research Association||Present||Member, American Library Association||Present||Member, Association for Library Service to Children||Present||Member, International Literacy Association||Present||Member, National Council of Teachers of English||Present||Member, Phi Kappa Phi|
Honors and Awards
- College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research Graduate Student Travel Award, The Ohio State University - 2018
- Dorothy McAllister & George L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship, The Ohio State University - 2016
- Excellence in Education Award, Ohio Magazine - 2019
- EDSP 3100: Diagnostics and Intervention in Reading
- EDSP 4400: Assessment in Special Education
- EDSP 4900: Student Teaching Supervision
- EDEC 3950: Early Childhood Clinical Supervision
- EDMC 3600: Phonics and the Structure of Language
- EDSP 2500: Survey of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- EDEC 2100: Art and Music for Early Childhood
- EDSP 2100: Exceptionalities and Behavior
|B.S., Messiah University|
|M.A., Hollins University|
|Ph.D., The Ohio State University|
School of Education
Judging Disability by Its Cover: A Nested Case Study of Student Perceptions of "Normal" Childhoods in and on Middle Grade Novels Faculty Dissertations (2019)
This three-fold dissertation examines the semiotic and textual ways that children’s literature is mediated by fifth-grade students’ conceptualizations of “normal” childhoods. Through a nested case study, I examined the discourses of a small group of ...
Book Chapters (1)
Journal Articles (4)
The Effect of Drama-based Pedagogies on K-12 Literacy-related Outcomes: A Meta-analysis of 30 Years of Research International Journal of Education & the Arts (2020)
A recent national report heartily supported arts integration as an effective, innovative, and cost-efficient way to address teachers’ and students’ needs; however, the report called for a better understanding of when, for whom, and what ...
Dwarfism on Display: Analysing the Visual Rhetorics of Book Covers on Four Children’s Literature Chapter Books Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (2020)
Realistic children’s literature that includes characters who are dwarfs often draws on stigmatizing rhetorics which promote commodification of freakery for the gain of nondisabled readers while reifying dominant ablest understandings of disability. The article argues ...
Swimming Against the Tide: Disability Represented Through Fish Symbolism in (and on) Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels Children's Literature in Education (2017)
Mainstream American culture still commonly considers disabilities as defects. Whether physical, emotional, or mental in nature, these features are hindering an individual, separating them from the perceived norm, and having a negative impact on their ...
Conference Presentations (17)
Close Reading Illustrated Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (2020)
In this interactive session, participants explore ways to introduce students to the construction of illustrations through the creation of visual texts using colored geometric shapes of varying sizes. Also explored are ways to implement this ...