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About Betty Ruth Sylvester, Ph.D.

Dr. Sylvester teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. As a certified elementary teacher, she taught fifth grade for many years prior to several years as an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. Prior to coming to Cedarville, Dr. Sylvester taught at Southeastern University and at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on struggling writers and the use of multimedia composing as an agent for motivating them. She also has studied the coping behaviors of parents whose children struggle with reading. She is currently examining preservice teachers’ visual representation of proportional thinking. Dr. Sylvester is also collaborating with undergraduate students at Cedarville on a project that employs children’s literature as a catalyst for introducing engineering concepts to elementary students.


Present Associate Professor of Education, Cedarville University School of Education
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Cedarville University


Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 - Present Member, Delta Kappa Gamma
2009 - Present Member, Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
2008 - Present Member, Literacy Research Association
2007 - Present Member, Florida Reading Association
2000 - Present Member, International Reading Association
2000 - Present Member, National Council of Teachers of English
2004 - 2009 Member, American Educational Research Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Academic Service Award, Cedarville University - 2017


  • Contemporary Young Adult Literature
  • Teaching Reading Through Middle Childhood Literature
  • Phonics and the Structure of Language
  • Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading
  • Reading in the Content Area: AYA


B.S., Tennessee Temple University
Ph.D., University of South Florida
M.Ed., University of South Florida

Contact Information

School of Education
Cedarville University
Williams 118


Dissertation (1)

Contributions to Books (6)

Refereed Journal Articles (8)

Book Reviews (2)

Technical Reports (1)

Invited Presentations (18)