Jan Lacina, Ph.D.

Jan Lacina, Ph.D.

Interim Dean

Program Area: English Language Arts, Reading & ESL

(817) 257-6786  |  j.lacina@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Jan Lacina serves as Interim Dean and Professor of Literacy within the College of Education.

Dr. Lacina’s career in education began as a public school teacher in Texas. She has served in various leadership positions within higher education. While at TCU, she led faculty and programs to win four national awards, as well as one state award. In 2018, she was selected to serve as the U.S. Ambassador for the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). She is an alumna of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program (MDP) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Leadership Academy.

Dr. Lacina is an accomplished author and editor; she has authored more than 100 publications, including three books, and currently has a fourth book under contract. Dr. Lacina served as Associate Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (JRCE). She now serves as Co-Editor of the journal, The Reading Teacher, from June 2015-2021 with her colleague Dr. Robin Griffith.


Ph.D., University of Kansas

M.Ed., Texas Woman’s University

B.S., Baylor University

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

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

Selected Publications

Lacina, J. & Griffith, R. (Eds. Under Contract). Preparing globally minded literacy teachers: Knowledge, practices, and case studies.  Routledge.

Lacina, J. & Hults, K. (in press).  Using museum photography as a bridge for writing.  English in Texas.

Lacina, J. (2018). Literacy leadership: Global leaders call for the teaching of writing. English Journal, 107 (4), 59-63.

Lacina, J. & Griffith, R. (2018). Embracing generation 1.5 learners through the teaching of writing. English in Texas, 47(2), 27-30.

Lacina, J. & Griffith, R. (2017). Teaching writing: Literacy coordinators’ views. New England Reading Journal, 52 (2), 11-19.

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.