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Emily Pendergrass

Director Reading Education Program, Associate Professor of the Practice of Literacy Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Emily Pendergrass taught elementary and middle school students for eleven years. While working alongside middle school students, she finished her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. While at UGA, Emily worked extensively with the Red Clay Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project. Currently, Emily teaches courses in Reading Education where she is the also the Director of the Reading Education Specialists Program. Additionally, Emily works closely with the local public schools in literacy coaching and facilitating professional development workshops. For more information, check out her website

Areas of specialization: Struggling readers in the context of reading as a community practice, with special reference to professional development and new literacies including technologies


ENED 6340: Teaching Reading with Print and New Media

ENED 6420: Literacy for Diverse and Special Needs Learners

ENED 3400/6400: Harry Potter and Children’s Literature (Click here to learn about our journey. You can also follow #vandygoespotter on social media in early March for updates.)

Special Projects: 

Patterson Read and Play Saturdays (RAPS): This program brings local middle school students to VU’s Campus with the explicit mission for students to experience reading as enjoyable and empowering, to express and find their voices, and to engage with the Vanderbilt and Nashville community. Check it out here 

Twitter: @Dr_Pendergrass is co-creator and moderator of Twitter #literacies chat. This chat engages other professionals from across the country and internationally, who share their expertise in an area related to new literacies both in and out of school. The #literacies blog with chat topics, crowdsourced list, calendar, and archives can be found at

Check out with the Reading M.Ed. Program is doing by following us on Twitter (@VandyREADs) and on Facebook