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


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 in Texas. For almost 20 years, she has taught undergraduate and graduate literacy classes in Texas and Pennsylvania as well as served in various leadership positions within higher education for more than a decade. Her research interests at present involves writing instruction and strategies for teaching both early childhood and middle school aged children. She is studying learning that takes place when photography from a local museum is used to teach writing to urban youth. She is dedicated to outreach to public schools; for more than 10 years she has collaborated with a local urban high school to hold a writing camp for at-risk students on TCU campus which brings 100+ high school youth to campus each spring.

Dr. Lacina is an accomplished author and editor; she has authored more than 100 publications, including three books. For three consecutive years, she was the College of Education nominee for the Dean’s Research Award.  In 2013, she received the TCU Dean’s Research Award. Her research is published in journals such as: English Journal, Voices from the Middle, Young Children, Childhood Education, Dragon Lode, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Literacy Research, and many others. Dr. Lacina has served as Associate Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (JRCE), editor for a professional publication for teachers and teacher educators, a columnist for a journal, and she now serves as Co-Editor of the journal, The Reading Teacher, from June 2015-2021 with her colleague Dr. Robin Griffith.


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

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

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies/English
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

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 the 2012 Exemplary Field Based Practices award from The Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) for the middle/secondary English/Language Arts Program
  • Author of Application & Program Awarded International Reading Associations Certificate of Distinction, 2009

Selected Publications

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.