Literacy (Reading)

 

Literacy Office
108B Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: 610-436-2877
FAX: 610-436-3102


Faculty

The Department of Literacy is fortunate to have a very well qualified, diverse faculty.

Dena Beeghly, Ed.D., University of Georgia

Professor
dbeeghly@wcupa.edu

College Reading and Study Skills, Introduction to Reading, Reading Instruction and Practicum, Foundations of Reading, Teaching Reading to Culturally Diverse Students, Teaching Reading with Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature

Susan Caroff, Ph.D., Purdue University

Associate Professor
scaroff@wcupa.edu

Introduction to Reading, Introduction to the Language Arts, Reading Instruction and Practicum, Theories and Trends in Language Arts, Reading in the Content Areas

 

Kevin Flanigan, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Associate Professor
kflanigan@wcupa.edu

Reading Instruction and Practicum, Literacy Practicum and Seminar I and II, Orthography, Language, and Literacy Development

Dr. Flanigan has taught as both a classroom teacher in the upper elementary/middle grades and as a reading specialist/literacy coach working with kindergartners through middle-grades students. His research, publications, and presentations center on developmental word knowledge, comprehension and vocabulary development and instruction, and interventions for struggling readers. He has authored or co-authored articles in The Reading Teacher, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and the Journal of Literacy Research and has presented frequently at regional, national, and international conferences.

 

Sunita Nayar Mayor, Ed.D, University of Cincinnati

Associate Professor, Department Chair
smayor@wcupa.edu

Teaching the Language Arts, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems, Writing Development and Instruction

Dr. Sunita Mayor holds a BA in History and Economics from Calcutta University, India, an M.Ed. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctorate in Early childhood and Special Education from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her research interests are Language and Literacy Development in young children with a focus on classroom communication patters and its role in scaffolding student learning.

 

Lisa Gordon, M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor
lgordon@wcupa.edu

Professor Gordon has been an instructor in the Literacy Department for the past 12 years.  Professor Gordon completed her undergraduate work in elementary education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to teaching at the university, Professor Gordon taught second and third grade at New Garden Elementary School in the Kennett Consolidated School District for seven years.  Professor Gordon received her M.Ed from Pennsylvania State University in the area of Instructional Systems (Training, Design and Development). Professor Gordon’s research interests include using dual language books to foster English Language Learners’ literacy development. Currently she is involved with supervising the E.L.I.A.N (Early Literacy Is a Necessity) Project, a student initiated program where West Chester EGP students volunteer to read to young students at a local preschool.  The preschool services mostly low-income Hispanic families.

Diane Santori, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor
dsantori@wcupa.edu

Diane Santori earned her BS in early childhood and elementary education from Temple University, her reading specialist certification and MS in education from St. Joseph’s University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Reading, Writing and Literacy program. She began her college teaching career as an adjunct here at West Chester. In addition to her higher-education teaching experience, Dr. Santori brings background as an elementary classroom teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She has a number of publications and presentations to her credit and is currently the research coordinator and primary researcher for one of the National Writing Project’s Local Site Research Initiatives. This current research explores the influence of Philadelphia Writing Project sponsored professional development on middle-grade students’ writing development and their disposition towards writing.

Dr. Heather Schugar, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Associate Professor
hschugar@wcupa.edu

Dr. Schugar’s research interests include informational reading materials, content area literacy, comprehension, and large-scale reading assessments.

Carol A. Smith, Ed.D., Widener University

Assistant Professor
csmith3@wcupa.edu

Carol Smith earned a BA in English and secondary education from Rowan University, and completed her masters and doctoral studies at Widener University. She taught English and Language Arts for 13 years at the middle and high school levels, also serving as a reading specialist and literacy coach. Dr. Smith’s research and publications explore the teaching and learning of digital literacies, global learning via information communication technologies, and digital literacy amongst learners with special language-learning needs.

Tina Selvaggi, Ed.D., Widener University

Assistant Professor
tselvaggi@wcupa.edu

Tina Selvaggi earned her B.A. in English and her reading specialist certification and M.S. in education from St. Joseph’s University. She earned her Ed.D. from Widener University's Reading Leadership program. Dr. Selvaggi began her career in higher education as an adjunct instructor of Literacy at West Chester University. Prior to joining West Chester University, Dr. Selvaggi taught elementary school, gifted education, served as an Instructional Support Teacher, a Reading Specialist and, most recently, a staff developer in Pennsylvania public schools.  Her research interests include: professional development/coaching, teacher candidate preparation, and use of technology to enhance instruction.