Scanlan, Patricia, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy University of Iowa, 1988
Office: N/E 415
Telephone: (920) 424-7230
Areas of Expertise:
- Elementary Reading
- Language Arts Education
After receiving my B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN, I was a classroom teacher in Grades 4 and 5 in two Catholic grade schools in Central Minnesota. I have been a teacher educator at Mankato State University (Mankato, MN), the University of La Crosse, and most recently the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. My teaching focuses on helping undergraduate and graduate students apply their knowledge of literacy education in their work with children through tutoring and classroom experiences. While we can never undervalue the importance of teachers' knowledge and skill, I believe that nurturing my students to become lifelong learners is the most important job I have. My good friend once said, "It's what you learn after you know it all that really counts."
Since 2007, I have served as Director of the Fox Valley Writing Project, a role which synthesizes my professional interests and expertise. Writing project work supports K-12 teachers in their instruction, their scholarship, and their efforts as lifelong learners; it helps us all to become better writers, thinkers, and language users. I appreciate the principles of the National Writing Project, and the outstanding work done through that network for over thirty years. I also appreciate the collaborative knowledge and expertise shared by FVWP Teacher Leaders. For more information check out the Fox Valley Writing Project Website.
Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: Fall 1995
Years of P-12 Experience: 12 years
Classes Typically Taught:
- Elementary Reading Methods
- Literacy and Language Development of the Young Child
- Assessment and Planning in Literacy Instruction
- Interactive Literacy Interventions