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Arlene Barry
Associate Professor
785-864-9661
447 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Arlene Barry, associate professor, joined the University of Kansas faculty in the fall of 1992. Barry earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum with an emphasis in reading. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy at KU and served as a... more

Barbara Bradley
Associate Professor
785-864-4435
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Barbara A. Bradley, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2004. Bradley earned a BS degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in biology and psychology, an MA degree in physical education from Adelphi University, and a PhD in reading education from The University of Georgia. She has... more

Karen Jorgensen
Multi-Term Lecturer
785-864-4435
314 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Karen A. Jorgensen joined the KU faculty in August, 2005. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Scandinavian Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Karen’s master’s work was completed at Høgskolen i Hamar (Norway) in the areas of Norwegian linguistics, literature and... more

Diane Nielsen
Associate Professor
785-864-9664
446 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Diane Corcoran Nielsen, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in fall of 1990. Nielsen earned her BA in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Iowa, MS in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and PhD in Curriculum and... more

Donita Shaw
Associate Professor
785-864-9671
323 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Donita Massengill Shaw, associate professor, joined the KU Curriculum & Teaching faculty in the fall of 2002. Dr. Shaw earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Reading Education from Andrews University. Her Ph.D. was awarded from the University of Kansas.

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An update on C&T faculty-conducted research: Last May, Dr. Barbara Bradley was awarded a $135,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to study young children's development of financial and college-bound identities. The project is collaborative with researchers from the School of Social Welfare, the Departments of Sociology and Linguistics, & the School of Education. Her study is part of a larger project providing savings accounts and financial education to kindergartners in the LPS and following the children and their family members for several years to look at outcomes related to financial and college-bound identity formation in 2 experimental groups and one control group.
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Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award