Ph.D. in Literacy Faculty

John D. Beach

Associate Professor

Dr. Beach is a native New Yorker who did not learn to read until the summer between third and fourth grade when he finally learned the fundamentals of literacy (including phonics) during...

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Brett Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D.


Brett Elizabeth Blake is a professor at St. John’s University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Vincentian Center for Social Justice and Poverty.

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction...

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Autumn M. Dodge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Autumn M. Dodge is an assistant professor of Education Specialties at St. John’s University. As a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, she taught English in China for two years. Her research...

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Tess M. Dussling

Assistant Professor, Education Specialties

Tess M. Dussling began her educational career as a third-grade teacher in Miami, Florida, where all of her students were English language learners.

While studying at Syracuse...

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Francine F. Guastello, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Fellow, The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Francine F. Guastello’s professional career in teaching spans over 44 years. She was an elementary and junior high teacher for 12 years, an elementary school principal for 16 years, worked...

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Michael Sampson, Ph.D.


Michael Sampson is an American children's writer best known for easy-to-read books that feature rhythmic and repetitive language. Sampson's first children's book, The Football That Won,...

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