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Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Language, Literacy and Technology

Faculty working with Students: 13
Students: 25
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 32%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The Language, Literacy and Technology (LLT) program addresses issues of teaching, learning and the wide range of literacies as they play out in formal and informal learning contexts. The course of study for the Doctor of Philosophy specialization in LLT is rigorous, flexible and individually tailored. It includes a minimum of 52 graded credits plus minimum 20 dissertation hours (72 total hours).

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must have a degree from an accredited 4-year institution and a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Complete the WSU Graduate School’s online application, Official transcripts, a supplemental department application, Resume or Vitae, a writing sample, letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation as described on the supplemental department application.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates are currently working in the US and abroad as faculty at research and teaching universities, teaching universities, as well as central administrators at K-12 school districts, administrators at state educational agencies or non-governmental organizations, master teachers, and coaches in K-12 classrooms.

Career Placements:

 


Faculty Members:

Ardasheva, Yuliya, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Contributions of individual differences to second language development and on the interplay between second language and academic development, language-minority education programs, effective instructional techniques for accelerating language and literacy development, content-based models to support language-minority education.

Chang, Ai-Chia, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Interests include English education and particularly the use of internet technologies to support English language learners. Her recent research projects have focused on the uses of Facebook and flipped instruction to support teaching and learning.

Day-Wiff, Deanna, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Literacy, Children’s Literature, Reader Response Theory and Comprehension strategies.

Egbert, Joy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Learning environments, particularly as they involve English language learners and technology. Her most recent focus is on differentiation and engagement.

Ernst-Slavit, Gisela, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Language and education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives, oral language development and academic literacy for emergent bilinguals.

Guerrettaz, Anne Marie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Educational linguistics. Dr. Guerrettaz investigates language teaching materials and their deployment in classroom interactions, Indigenous language planning and bilingual education, including Yucatec Maya language teaching and revitalization in southeastern Mexico.

Johnson, Eric, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Ethnographic approaches to language-minority education programs and language policies in public schools.
Language policy and planning, the application of policy as practice,
Immigrant communities, parent and community engagement, bilingual education, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Kelley, Jane, Ed.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Dr. Kelley’s research is two-fold. First, she applies a critical multicultural analysis to children’s literature in order to bring the ideology of power as it is portrayed in children’s literature. Second, she investigates pedagogical strategies to introduce a critical multicultural analysis to pre-service teachers, service teachers, and graduate students.

Kucer, Stephen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

The relationship between text processing and comprehension, understanding literacy and its instruction from a multi-dimensional perspective, and the use of thematic units for promoting both literacy and concept development.

Newcomer, Sarah, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Focus on how language policies are implemented and negotiated in schools, bilingual education, and the development of literacy and biliteracy. Her interests also include how educators, families and other stakeholders create empowering learning practices, both inside and outside of schools, as well as the development of school community agency.

Puzio, Kelly, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

With a focus on literacy, Dr. Puzio’s investigates ways that teachers can provide differentiated and culturally relevant instruction.

Salsbury, Tom, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Tom Salsbury conducts research in second language acquisition. He studies vocabulary acquisition in content areas and is collaborating with colleagues to develop better measures of lexical (vocabulary) proficiency. His data come from longitudinal studies of children and adult English language learners. His work is published in research journals such as Language Learning and Second Language Research as well as applied research journals for teachers such as English Teaching Forum and Teaching Education Journal.

Ward, Barbara, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research interests pertain to gender and literacy. She is particularly interested in the identity of readers and the incorporation of children’s and young adult literature in today’s classrooms. Culturally responsive pedagogy is at the heart of her teaching and research agendas.

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114
(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172