Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Reading Center

The Reading Center is a professional community of UT literacy faculty and doctoral students who work collaboratively with pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators in the East TN  region and conduct nationally recognized research in reading.   It is a venue for professional development for teachers as well as a place where graduate students can participate in the practical experiences required for TN PreK-12 Reading Specialist License.
Members of the community–adolescents and adults as well as children are tutored free of charge at The Reading Center by graduate students in the practicum courses under the supervision of faculty.  For more information about tutoring, contact Patti Fagg at 865-974-5448 . The Reading Center library, partially supported by an endowment and technology grant, offers professional journals to teachers and parents, tradebooks and instructional materials for tutors, and the latest technology to assist struggling readers. Click here for more information on the reading degree programs offered at UT.

Reading Center Doctoral Students

Natalia Ward

Jennifer Lubke

Karen Rice

Kandy Smith

Christy Evans

Kim McCuiston

Sarah Swauger

Monica Billen

Amanda Vining

Rhonda DeJournett


Former Doctoral Students – Where are they now?

Elizabeth Swaggerty, 2006, Associate Professor, Eastern Carolina University

Danielle Dennis, 2007, Associate Professor, University of South Florida

Steve Duncan, 2008, Language Arts Specialist, Roane County Schools

Jan Blake, 2008, Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Wendy Meller, 2008, Assistant Professor, Rowan University

Rebecca Payne, 2008, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Maria Cahill, 2009, Assistant Professor, Texas Womens University

Jennifer Jordan, 2009, Clinical Associate Professor, TPTE University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Melba Roberts, 2009, Teacher, Heritage High School, Blount County Schools

Maria Cahill, 2009, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Jennifer Jordan, 2009, Clinical Professor, University of Tennessee

Katie Solic, 2011, Assistant Professor, West Chester University

Hannah Dostal, 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Rachael Gabriel, 2011, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Susan Wagner, 2011, Assistant Professor, Lincoln Memorial University

Renee Moran, 2013, East Tennessee State University


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