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Julie Ankrum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, Literacy

Teaching students to read, write, and comprehend text is a complex endeavor.   Researching the most effective ways of teaching literacy, and preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to apply these methods, are my passions.

I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (Language Arts and Social Studies) at Michigan State University and a Master's Degree (M.A.T. in Reading and Language Arts) from Oakland University, also in Michigan.  While in Michigan I taught in elementary classrooms for nine years. I taught fifth grade for two years, spent a year teaching both kindergarten and eighth grade, and then taught kindergarten for six years.

I am a trained Reading Recovery ® teacher, and spent three years teaching the intervention program as well.  I ended my career in Michigan as the Early Literacy Coordinator for Genesee County.

I completed my PhD in Reading Education at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006.  As Assistant Professor of Teacher Education/Literacy I teach literacy methods courses in both the elementary and secondary education programs.  I also have the opportunity to conduct research to explore the best ways to prepare our future teachers.

I continue to work in local school districts to provide in-service to teachers.  This allows me to work with students in classrooms on a regular basis, as I model literacy instruction for the teachers.   This provides me with valuable experiences that I weave into discussions with the students in my literacy courses at UPJ.