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Dr. James A. Salzman
Executive Director
image007 The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
340 McCracken Hall
T: 740.593.0677

Dr. Salzman earned his B.S. in English Education from Bowling Green State University, his M.S. in Reading Education and K-12 Reading Specialist certificate from San Diego State University, and a Composition Certificate and Ph.D. in Secondary Education from The University of Akron. As Executive Director of the Stevens Literacy Center, Dr. Salzman oversees the Helen M. Robinson Center for Reading that provides free tutoring to children and adults who are struggling readers and the work of the Central/Southeast Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) Resource Center, whose staff provides expertise in learning disabilities and professional development support to ABLE programs state-wide. As former director of the Reading First Ohio Center at Cleveland State from 2003-2009, he secured federal and state grants and contracts in excess of $26 million. He has presented more than 50 papers at national and international conferences and published more than a dozen articles on literacy issues, as well as teacher induction and action research, for various regional and national publications, co-authored a textbook on teacher planning, co-developed two online learning modules for eRead Ohio, and authored two professional development manuals on teacher induction.


Graduate Students


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Daniel Showalter is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education. His research interests include place-based mathematics education, educational equity, rural education, statistical literacy, and East Asian studies. Daniel has taught in K–12 and post-secondary institutions domestically, as well as in South Korea and Laos. As a quantitative analyst, Daniel has worked with the Rural School and Community Trust, a national non-profit organization addressing the crucial relationship between excellent schools and thriving communities. He is currently coauthoring a textbook for a proposed post-algebra II alternative to precalculus.

image010 Derek Sturgill
Derek’s paradise consists of rolling luscious green pastures speckled by turquoise ponds and Angus cows. He is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in mathematics education. His current interests are rural equity, place-based education, and early childhood mathematics education. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Rio Grande, M.A. in mathematics from Marshall University, and a M.S. in mathematics from Ohio University. He has taught undergrad level in mathematics, as well as, substituted and tutored in an Appalachian middle school. Hay season is in full bloom, and his plans this summer are to work really hard for little pay.

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Lauren Volpe has a zeal for education. Currently, she is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction. Before becoming a doctoral student, she received her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Denison University, her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and her M.Ed in Integrated Language Arts from Ohio University. Her primary research interests include feminist and critical pedagogies, critical literacy, and social justice in education. She is also interested in qualitative research methods, particularly narrative inquiry and autoethnography.


Ellen Yeh
Ellen Yeh holds a Bachelor of English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taiwan, and a Masters of Education in Teaching English as a Second Languages (TESOL) from the University of New York at Buffalo. Ellen is a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in second language (L2) acquisition. Her research interests include media literacy education, literacy instruction, intercultural studies, and the education of diverse populations. She has taught in ESL/EFL (English as a second/ foreign language) institutes in Taiwan and the United States. As a graduate assistant in the Helen M. Robison Center for Reading, Ellen is responsible for designing the volunteer tutor training sessions, and assisting the coordination of the Tutoring Center. She has been working with Dr. Sara Helfrich on a project focusing on integrating media literacy into language classrooms. As part of her research, she presented at the 12th Annual Reframing Education to Sustain the World Conference in 2012.

Aimage001dedayo Ogundimu
My name is Adedayo Ogundimu (my friends call me ‘Dayo). I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a doctoral student in Educational Administration. My major and field of research is Education Leadership and National Development. Having spent over two decades in the field of grassroots community mobilization and participatory rural development in my country, it is my intention to serve as a mentor to the next generation of education/development professionals by engaging in teaching and research. I also plan to serve my country and the international community as a consultant (education and national development) after my graduation.

For more information, please contact:
The Edward Stevens Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language
336 McCracken Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740.593.0677
F: 740.593.2834