Language and Literacy FacultyFaculty & Staff

The faculty in Language & Literacy are (back row r-l) Dr. David Gill, Dr. Brad Walker, (front row r-l) Dr. Jeanne Swafford, Dr. Barbara Honchell, Dr. Kathy Fox, and Dr. Debbie Powell

Each faculty member is qualified to guide the learning of graduate literacy education students. A summary of their expertise is given below.

 

 


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(910) 962-3240
fox@uncw.edu

Kathy Fox, PhD is an Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds a doctorate of Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her interests include multicultural education and writing.

Dr. Kathy Fox, Ph.D., SEducation,
Emphasis: Cultural Perspectives of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • K-1st grade teacher, Dual-Immersion Class
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Gevirtz School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Instructor, Allan Hancock College, Early Childhood Studies
  • Director, Allan Hancock College Children’s Lab School
  • Coordinator, Healthy Start Planning Grant
  • Teacher, North Oceano School Lucia Mar School District, ELD Classes
  • Cross-Cultural Consultant, Volunteer Training Program US Peach Corps, Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa
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(910) 962-3382
honchellb@uncw.edu

Barbara Honchell, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds a doctorate in Special Education and Literacy Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for UNCW. Her interests include at-risk readers and systemic observations.

Dr. Barbara Honchell: Ph. D. Special Education & Literacy Studies, University of North Carolina

  • Reading Recovery Teacher &Teacher Leader Trainer
  • K-2 English Language Arts Consultant, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
  • Director, K-2 Curriculum Coordinator of Federal Projects, ESL, Migrant Education
  • Director & Instructor, Educational Laboratory, UNCW

Debbie Powell

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(910) 962-3175
powelld@uncw.edu

Debbie Powell, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education.  She holds a Doctorate of Education in Reading from Indiana University, Bloomington with cognates in English Language Arts and School Administration.  Her research interests include:  writing, spelling and phonics, literacy in science, integrated curriculum and reading comprehension.

  • K-8th grade Classroom teacher, Special Reading teacher, Reading Coach, Media Specialist, and Technology teacher in Indiana, Florida and Missouri
  • Reading Coordinator K-12, Center Grove Schools, Indiana
  • Professor of Reading, University of Northern Colorado
  • Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Missouri State University
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Curriculum Coordinator, author, consultant for numerous educational publishers
  • Led Study Abroad groups to Costa Rica, Australia & New Zealand, and England & Scotland.
  • Co-PI of Elementary Science Implementation Project, NSF funded

Jeanne Swafford

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(910) 962-7790
swaffordj@uncw.edu

Jeanne Swafford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds a doctorate of Reading Education from The University of Georgia. Her interests include content area literacy, children's and young adult literature, and comprehension instruction.

Dr. Jeanne Swafford: Ph. D. Reading Education, The University of Georgia

  • Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, Department of Elementary Education
  • Graduate Coordinator, Elementary Education Master's Program, Mississippi State University
  • Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, Division of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Graduate Program Coordinator, Language & Literacy Education, Texas Tech University
  • Coordinator of Reading Services, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Coordinator of Developmental Studies, Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Reading Teacher (K-4), Morgan County Local School District, Ohio
  • Special Education Teacher (K-8), Cannon County Schools, Tennessee
  • Kindergarten Teacher, Sumner County Schools, Tennessee
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(910) 962-3891
walkerb@uncw.edu

Brad Walker, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and the Elementary Education program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. He holds a doctorate from Brigham Young University. His interests include children’s literature, writing, and international programs.

Dr. Brad Walker: Ed. D. Reading Education; Cognate Area: School Administration, Indiana University

  • Elementary School Teacher, Grades 3-5
  • Elementary School Principal
  • Global Partnership Education with Japan
  • Cape Fear Writing Project
Chuck Jurich
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(910) 962-7201
jurichc@uncw.edu

Chuck Jurich, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Jurich’s research interests focus on a sociocultural perspective of multimodal, digital, and contemporary reading and writing practices. Before arriving at UNCW, he was an elementary classroom teacher for 8 years, director of a long running after-school video production program for elementary aged children, and an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 


Emeritus Faculty


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Paz Bartolome: Ph. D. Curriculum & Instruction, Minor, Administration, The Ohio State University

  • Emphasis, Early Childhood and Literacy Development
  • M.A., Administration, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Philippine Normal College
  • 1970 – 2003, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Noel Jones

Dr. Noel Jones: Reading Recovery trainer of teacher leaders, Ohio State University; Ph. D. Curriculum & Instruction, Cornell University; M. A. Stanford University, Elementary Education and Reading

  • 1997-2003, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 1970 – 1975, Reading Curriculum Director, Portland, Maine, Public Schools
  • 1969 – 1970, Instructor and laboratory school teacher, University of Wisconsin, Superior
  • 1961 – 1968, Classroom teacher and reading specialist, Orland, CA, Public schools
  • Reading Recovery
  • Elementary Curriculum & Instruction



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