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Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Elementary Education, Rural/Literacy Education


Jennifer Jordan is a clinical associate professor of elementary education and literacy in the department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.  She is a native of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and moved to Knoxville in 1994 to study elementary education.  She received her BA in sociology with a minor in elementary education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1998.  She completed her yearlong internship at Fountain City Elementary and earned her MS in elementary education in 1999.  After graduation she taught for 9 years in the Hamilton County and Knox County school systems teaching first and fourth grades. 

Her desire to keep learning propelled her to complete her PhD at the University of Tennessee in literacy in 2009.  Her current research focuses on emergent literacy and the reciprocal relationship between reading and writing.  She is particularly interested in how language shapes literacy development, especially writing development, in the early years of school.  She is also interested in the professional development of pre-service elementary teachers.  She co-authored her first book, Learning to be teacher leaders:  A framework for assessment, planning, and instruction, which was published in 2015 by Routledge.

Currently, she supervises the rural elementary education cohort and teaches master’s level reading courses.   Jennifer lives in Powell, TN with her husband Ben and their two children, Henry and Scout.  She enjoys playing with her goats and running in her free time. 


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Jennifer Jordan

Contact Information

  • A112 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-2272
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