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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Kathy Fox, PhD is an Associate Professor in the department of Language and Literacy. 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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Barbara Honchell, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy. 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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Debbie Powell, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and Elementary Education undergraduate program.  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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Jeanne Swafford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Education Graduate Program and Elementary Education Undergraduate Program. 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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Brad Walker, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy. 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
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Reading Recovery
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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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