Jan Lacina, Ph.D.

Jan Lacina, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Program Area: English Language Arts, Reading & ESL

(817) 257-6786  |  j.lacina@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Bio

Jan Lacina serves as Professor of Literacy and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies within the College of Education.

Dr. Lacina’s career in education began as an elementary school teacher and ESL teacher. She is an accomplished author and editor and is the author of more than 100 publications, including three books. Dr. Lacina has served as Editor-in-Chief for a research journal, editor for a professional publication for teachers and teacher educators, a columnist for a professional journal, and now serves as co-Editor of the journal, The Reading Teacher, from June 2015-2021 with her colleague Dr. Robin Griffith. The Reading Teacher is published by the International Literacy Association (ILA), and reaches classroom teachers and university literacy researchers worldwide.

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction/TESOL
University of Kansas
1999

M.Ed., Elementary Education/ESL
Texas Woman’s University
1996

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies/English
Baylor University
1993

Leadership Positions

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, TCU 2011-present

Early Childhood Coordinator, TCU 2006-2009

Post Baccalaureate Graduate Coordinator, Stephen F. Austin State University 2001-2005

ESL Coordinator, Stephen F. Austin State University 2000-2005

Professional Development School (PDS) Site Coordinator 2000-2001

2004-2009 Lead NCATE reviewer

Academic Areas

  • Literacy
  • Writing Instruction
  • ESL
  • Teacher Education

Research Areas

  • Writing instruction
  • New literacies
  • Struggling readers and writers
  • Teacher education

Professional Achievements

Co-Editor The Reading Teacher, 2015- 2021

Editor for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2012-2014

Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2009-2011

Columnist, Technology in the Classroom—published in the journal Childhood Education, 2003-2009

Recipient, TCU Dean’s Research and Creativity Award, 2013

Author for Application & Program Awarded 2016 Wisniewski Teacher Education Award

Author for Application & Program Awarded AACTE Multicultural Education Award, 2015

Author of Application & Program Awarded AACTE and the Southern Policy Law Center Award for Exemplary Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation for Reading Language Arts & ESL Program, 2012

Author of Application & Program Awarded International Reading Associations Certificate of Distinction, 2009

Selected Publications

Lacina J., Bauml, M. & Taylor, B. (2016). Promoting resilience through read-aloud. Young Children, 71 (2), 16-21.

Lacina, J. (2015). New literacies and comprehension. In Parris, S. & Headley, K. Comprehension Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices (3rd edition). Guilford Press: NY.

Griffith, R. & Lacina, J. (2015). Making In-the-Moment Teaching Decisions: A Matter of Knowledge. Literacy Today. International Literacy Association.

Lacina, J. (2014). Exploring cross cultural friendship in young adolescent literature. Dragon Lode, 33 (1) 63-74.

Lacina, J. & Griffith, R. (2014). Making new friends: Using literature to inspire cross cultural friendship. Literacy Today. International Literacy Association.

Lacina, J. (2014) Learning from poverty and high stakes testing: Developing as a professional educator in Texas. English Journal, 103 (6), 28-32. Acceptance Rate: 20%.

Lacina, J. & Stetson, R. (2013). Using children’s literature to support positive classroom behaviors. Young Children. Acceptance Rate: 21-30%.

Lacina, J. & Giffith, R. (2013). Blogging as a means to craft writing. The Reading Teacher. Acceptance Rate: 15%.

  • Article selected for an International Reading Association’s special publication issue of articles published in 2013 for their “impact on literacy scholarship and practice.”

Lacina, J. & Matthews, S. (2012). Using online storybooks to build comprehension. Childhood Education 88(3), 155-161. Acceptance Rate: 20%.

Lacina, J. & Block, C. (2012). Progressive writing instruction for the 21st century: Empowering school leaders and teachers. Voices from the Middle (NCTE), 19(3), 10-17. Acceptance Rate: 14%.

Lacina, J. (2012). Best practices for twin placement in school. Young Children, 67(1), 80-83. Acceptance Rate: 21-30%.

Lacina, J. & Block, C. (2012). What matters most in distinguished literacy teacher education programs? Journal of Literacy Research. 43(4), 319-351. Acceptance Rate: 6-10%.

Lacina, J. & Silva, C. (2012). Cases of successful literacy teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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