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Montana McCormick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office:   Hawkins Hall, Room 405B
Phone:   410-704-5569

Montana McCormick

Field of Specialization:

Reading Education: content-specific literacy graphics in enhancing comprehension and learning, and adolescent literacy


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D., Reading Education, August 2006

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Master of Education in English Secondary Education, August 1997 and Bachelor of Arts in English, August 1996

Courses Taught:

SCED 460: Using Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools
SCED 461: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas.
REED 601: Reading Theory and Practice
REED 609: Reading Assessment
REED 626: Clinical Internship in Reading


The majority of my research interests intersect around the adolescent student reading and learning in the academic subject areas. My scholarship explores varying iterations of studying the teenage reader. I am interested in investigating how text aids, specifically graphic aids, enhance comprehension and learning for adolescent learners in the content areas. Additionally, I am interested in teacher education of content area literacy in middle and high school classrooms. Hence, my teaching content literacy courses in the secondary education program and my scholarship are integrated.


McCormick, M., Adkins, T., Mee, M., & Kenreich, T. (accepted with revisions). A Cautionary Tale for Teacher Education and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Solitary Projects and Dangerous Implications. Journal of Equity in Education.

McCormick, M.K., & McTigue, E.M. (2011). Teacher read-alouds make science come alive. Science Scope, 34, 45-49.

McCrudden, M.T, McCormick, M.K., & McTigue, E.M. (2011). Do the spatial features of an adjunct display that readers complete while reading affect their understanding of a complex system? International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 9,163-185.

Pitcher, S.M., Martinez , M., Dicembre, E.A., Fewster, D., & McCormick, M.K. (2010). The Literacy Needs of Adolescents in Their Own Words. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 53, 636-645.

McCormick, M.K, & Neubert, G. (Winter, 2008). Assessment informs reading-to-learn content instruction: An eight-step process. The Reading Professor, 30, 19-25.

Booker, K.C., Invernizzi, M.A., & McCormick, M. (2007). 'Kiss your brain': A closer look at flourishing literacy gains in impoverished elementary schools. Reading Research and Instruction, 46, 315-340.





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