Kathryn Pole, Ph.D.
3500 Lindell Blvd.
Fitzgerald Hall 206
Dr. Kathryn Pole is a literacy researcher and teacher-educator in the Department of Educational Studies. Her research, publications, presentations, and work focus on the teaching and learning of literacy, critical literacy, teacher decision-making, professional development, and education policy. She mentors undergraduate and graduate students and serves on committees that focus on topics within the field of Literacy. She earned her doctorate in Reading Education with a minor in Educational Leadership from Texas Woman's University in federation with the University of North Texas. Before entering higher education, she taught in an elementary school. She believes in linking theory to practice, and maintains teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Learning Resources Pre-K -12. She also holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. Dr. Pole facilitates and serves on the leadership team for the St. Louis-area Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group, a grass-roots teacher-led professional development organization committed to literacy education and advocacy as it relates to equitable and just practices in classrooms and communities. She is also active in international, national, and state literacy-focused organizations including the International Reading Association, the Literacy Research Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She serves on the Executive Board of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association and is Editor of its journal, The Missouri Reader. Dr. Pole's current projects include collaborating in a study with colleagues looking into teacher effectiveness; research into the ways families are portrayed in popular children's literature; exploring literate practices in synchronous electronic environments; and continuing research into socially just, equitable, and democratic education.
Ph.D. in Reading Education, Texas Woman's University
Qualitative Research Methodologies
Literacy Teaching and Learning
Community and Professional Service
Editor: The Missouri Reader
Editorial Review Board Member: Journal of Literacy Research
Proposal Reviewer: National Reading Conference and American Educational Research Association Annual Meetings
Field Council Member: Literacy Research Association
Leadership Team: Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group