Positions

Overview

  • Presently, I am a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. I hold a B.A. in English Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a master's degree in English Education from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in English and secondary curriculum from both University of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    My research focuses on literacy instruction in the secondary schools, primarily in the areas of writing, urban education, and teacher preparation. I am most interested in the ways in which we prepare middle and high school students to meet the writing demands for themselves (personal), college, and career. As indicated by recent publications and presentations, I focus on research to impact student learning using writing as a tool as published in Voices from the Middle and presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) in April 2013. My book with Rebecca Manery, Supporting Students in the Time of Common Core (NCTE publication), highlights teachers who are incorporating effective teaching strategies into their classes to increase student thinking as they enact literacy practices. As director (with Dr. Bruce McComiskey) and principal investigator for the UAB Red Mountain Writing Project, I continue to serve, research and work directly with teachers, students, and families to promote researched-based literacy practices through programs and events, such as Family Write Night, Writing with the Stars, teacher professional development, Summer Institute (led by Dr. Bruce), summer camps, and after school writing programs.

    I currently teach English Language Arts Methods courses, young adult literature, and an online introduction to education course. In 2000-2001, I was named Alabama Teacher of the Year and further awarded National Teacher of the Year Finalist (top four) for the country. During and since that time, I have given over 250 presentations for conferences, universities, colleges, schools, boards, committees, and communities. In 2012, I was named by my colleagues and students the recipient of the UAB Teaching Excellence Award. On a national level, I serve as a member of the Research on Women in Education executive board affiliated with AERA and formerly a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Executive Board Member.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2014 Study of hadronic event-shape variables in multijet final states in pp collisions at √s = 7TeVCritical Ultrasound Journal.  2014. 2014
    2006 Multiple literacies and middle school studentsTheory Into Practice.  45:328-336. 2006
    2006 Becoming Centered: CEE Membership and Program DevelopmentEnglish Education.  38:384-393. 2006

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2014 Teaching students to think critically using young adult literature in the 21st century classroom - The watsons go to birmingham - 1963.  59-75. 2014

    Principal Investigator On

  • Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP Alabama)  awarded by Department of Education 2017 - 2021
  • 2019-2020 Year 3 I3 Scale-Up C3WP Professional Development  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2019 - 2020
  • 2018-2019 i3 C3WP Advanced Institute and PD  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2018 - 2019
  • Assignments Matter FY 2017  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2016 - 2018
  • NWP CRWP - SEED FY 2017  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2017 - 2018
  • Community Writes Groups FY 2017  awarded by Alabama Humanities Foundation 2016 - 2018
  • College Ready Writers Program  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2017 - 2018
  • NWP – SEED Invitational Leadership Institute  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2016 - 2017
  • NWP - Building New Pathways to Leadership  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2016
  • 2014-2015 SEED Teacher Leadership Development  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2014 - 2016
  • 2014-2015 NWP Assignments Matter Grant  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2014 - 2015
  • Red Mountain Writing Project’s Summer Institute  awarded by Alabama Humanities Foundation 2014
  • 2012 - 2013 Title II Seed Teacher Leadership Development Grant  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2012 - 2014
  • Professional Development for Teachers in Birmingham City Schools, JCS, and Bessemer City Schools  awarded by ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2012 - 2013
  • Red Mountain Writing Project  awarded by NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT 2009 - 2013
  • Teaching Activities

  • EDC799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • EDC797 - Dissertation Seminar (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • EDC797 - Dissertation Seminar (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EHS720 - Individual Research in Educ (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • EHS720 - Individual Research in Educ (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • ECE751 - School/Literacy Instruction (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • EDR441 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EHS436 - Methods I: ELA 6-12 (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EHS536 - Methods I: ELA 6-12 (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EHS612 - Advanced Methods: ELA 6-14 (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS566 - Methods II: ELA 6-12 (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS612 - Advanced Methods: ELA 6-14 (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS681 - Special Topics in Education (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EH597 - Individual Studies: Non-Thesis (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • EDR441 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS401 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS600 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS720 - Individual Research in Educ (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS720 - Individual Research in Educ (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • EDR441 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS692 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS720 - Individual Research in Educ (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS456 - Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS556 - Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • EDR441 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDR541 - Literature for Adolescents (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS499 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EDC706 - Dynamics of Educational Change (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EDC729 - EDS Research Project II (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EH419 - Young Adult Literature (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EH519 - Young Adult Literature (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EDU100 - Touch the Future (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • EDC729 - EDS Research Project II (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS651 - Innov Practices Tchg Sec Schl (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS597 - Special Problems in Education (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC706 - Dynamics of Educational Change (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC729 - EDS Research Project II (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS599 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC729 - EDS Research Project II (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS499 - Field Studies: Sel Edu setting (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC656 - Dev Prob in Curr Construction (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC694 - Curriculum Seminar (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC711 - Analysis and Eval of Teaching (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC712 - Curriculum and Instruction Sem (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS402 - Practicum I (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS680 - National Board for Sec Edu (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS698 - Individual Research in Educ (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EDR640 - Reading Improvement Workshop (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EEC560 - Current Issues in Education (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EEC692 - Curriculum Projects (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EEC692 - Curriculum Projects (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS401 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS600 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS612 - Teaching English Grades 7-14 (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EDU210 - Writing/Speakng Skills Ed Prof (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • EHS401 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • EHS466 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • EHS566 - Language Arts Methods (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • EHS600 - Sec Educ Curric and Methods I (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2007
  • Master of Education in English Language and Literature / Letters, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1995
  • Bachelor of Education in English / Language Arts Teacher Education, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 1990
  • Full Name

  • Tonya Perry