Ohio State’s Dorian Harrision Wins Award From the National Council of Teachers of English

Dorian Harrison,  an assistant professor of language and literacy at Ohio State University at Newark, received the Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on issues of identity and power in literacy education, paying particular attention to how race, class, and language impact teaching and learning. Through in-depth analyses of teaching and learning communities, Harrison’s work seeks to challenge deficit views of diverse students and promote the need for culturally and linguistically diverse texts.

Dr. Harrison joined the faculty at Ohio State University in 2019 after teaching at Belmont University in Nashville. Earlier she taught elementary school in Tennessee.

Dr. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she majored in education and sociology. She holds master’s degrees in education from Lipscomb University in Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  1. Would love to see your research and thoughts on any English developmental education efforts at your institutions. I’m currently finishing up my Ed.D. on the underprepared college students.

  2. I am interested in your views on community college developmental department professors not being able or trained to teach Developmental English to the level of advancing incoming students to their next level of class. I experienced one community college where students had been in Developmental English for several semesters! Then, I started up tutoring sessions to help as I held an English Adjunct position but had been trained as a secondary education English teacher with four certifications. Also, I trained secondary English teachers at two school districts. So as I navigate to complete my Ed.D in Community College Leadership, I am interested in establishing a nonprofit tutoring organization to offset the English developmental course/s. My belief is we must find another way to help students when their K-12 public education has failed them!

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