Faculty & Staff

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

EB 234
(910) 962-7201
jurichc@uncw.edu

Chuck Jurich, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Language and Literacy in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. 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.

Dr. Chuck Jurich: Ph.D. from the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico. 

  • Reading and writing multimodal texts 
  • Shared authorship
  • Sociocultural perspectives to literacy development
  • Digital media and learning
  • New Literacy Studies (NLS)
  • Media literacy and popular culture
  • Critical literacy

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EB 271
(910) 962-3240
fox@uncw.edu

Kathy Fox, PhD is a 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., Education,
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

EB 233
(910) 962-7790
swaffordj@uncw.edu

Jeanne Swafford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Education graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Reading Education from The University of Georgia. Her interests include children’s and young adult literature, diverse literature, and disciplinary literacies.

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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EB 239
(910) 962-3546
ryanc@uncw.edu

Caitlin L. Ryan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Education graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds a B.A. in linguistics and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University. Before arriving at UNCW, she taught K-5 literacy enrichment programs in the Washington, DC, public schools and literacy education courses at East Carolina University. She is the co-author, along with Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth of Western Michigan University, of the book Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom, which received the Edward B. Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association in 2018. Her interests include multicultural children’s literature and literacy instruction for educational equity.

Dr. Caitlin L. Ryan, Ph.D.: Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University
Emphasis: Language, Literacy, and Culture

Interests:

  • multicultural children’s and young adult literature
  • teaching LGBTQ topics in elementary schools
  • sociocultural and sociopolitical perspectives of literacy
  • reading comprehension
  • reading workshop
  • queer theory

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EB 274
(910) 962-3651
szechl@uncw.edu

Laura Szech, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Language and Literacy Education graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She holds an M.A. in Reading from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from The University of Iowa. Her interests include culturally sustaining literacy pedagogy and teacher family partnerships.  

Dr. Laura Szech, Ph. D.: Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa
Emphasis: Language, Literacy, and Culture

  • Related Experiences:
    • Elementary Classroom Teacher: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in Colorado
    • Principal, PreK-8th, T.R. Paul, Academy of Arts and Knowledge, Ft. Collins, Colorado
    • Instructor, Front Range Community College
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa
  • Interests:
    • Sociocultural perspectives of literacy
    • School- family partnerships
    • Culturally sustaining pedagogy
    • Strength-based pedagogies, funds of knowledge
    • Teacher book clubs
    • Family and community visits
    • Critical literacy
    • Diverse children’s books


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
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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
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

Dr. Debbie Powell, Ed.D., Indiana University

  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Nonfiction Genre
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Writing and Spelling Assessment
  • Comprehension Strategies
  • Inquiry
  • Teachers’ Beliefs and Philosophies
  • Gaining Empathy for ELLs