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Sanders Named School Head for STCL

Friday, June 10, 2016

Jennifer Sanders, Ph.D., has been named the Head of the OSU College of Education’s School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership. She will officially assume the post following formal approval of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents at its June 17 meeting.

Dr. Jenn Sanders“I am very excited to have Dr. Sanders join the College of Education Leadership team in a permanent role as Head of the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership,” College of Education Dean John Romans said. “Her leadership skills and track record of creative problem solving, commitment to interdisciplinary work, and experience with community engagement is exactly what we need in these challenging times facing education.”

Sanders, an associate professor in literacy education, had been serving in the role the last 10 months as interim before her selection for the permanent position following a search interview process. Since coming to OSU in 2006, Sanders has served as program coordinator, as the College of Education’s Honors Director and as the Director of the Randall and Carol White Reading and Math Center, in which education majors provide tutoring to children in literacy and math. She received the Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader award in 2014 for her critical service-learning course in Belize City.

Sanders earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture, along with a reading endorsement, from the University of Florida. She began her career teaching in rural, high-poverty communities in Florida. Her current research focuses on quality writing instruction, writing center pedagogy, representations of diversity in children’s literature and teachers’ professional development in areas of literacy. She is the co-editor of the book Literacies, the Arts and Multimodality and has a second book forthcoming with Teachers College Press on training elementary school students to be peer writing tutors.