Professor, Education T & L
Dr. Lowery received her doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University and her M.Ed. and B.A. from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently professor and program coordinator of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Ohio State University at Mansfield where she teaches courses on children's literature and literacy education. Dr. Lowery is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She is a member of the Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Book Award selection committee, and co-editor of the Dragon Lode journal, a publication for the International Literacy Association Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group.
Dr. Lowery’s research incorporates studies of students’ responses to literature, the incorporation of multicultural literature for children and adolescents in schools’ curricula, West Indian immigrant populations and their adjustment in American, Canadian and British schools, and preparing pre-service teachers to teach diverse student populations. Her current research focuses on children’s literature- particularly immigrant and multicultural literature, the adaptation of immigrant and at-risk students in schools, and preparing preservice and in-service teachers to teach a diverse student population. The ultimate outcome of this research is to prepare preservice and in-service teachers to incorporate literature across the curriculum and to create an effective learning space for immigrant children in their classrooms. Her longitudinal research includes an ethnographic study of Jamaican immigrant parents’ perception of their children’s schooling experiences in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Lowery is the author of Immigrants in Children’s Literature (2000) and co-editor of Fairy tales with a black consciousness: Essays on adaptations of familiar stories (2013). Dr. Lowery is excited to work with students who are interested the critical analysis of children’s and young adult literature, especially with a focus on multicultural and immigrant populations.