President's Diversity Award for Faculty (research)
Dr. Theresa Adkins joined the Department of Secondary Education in the College of Education at Towson University in the fall of 2006, just three days after graduating from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Since that time, Dr. Adkins has participated actively in the Towson University community by co-sponsoring with Dr. Lena Ampadu the annual National Council of Teachers of English African American Read-ln. She has served on the College of Education's Diversity Committee and the Teacher Education Executive Board.
Dr. Adkins conducts research on culturally responsive English teachers and on learning environments that facilitate academic growth among students from marginalized groups. This research builds understanding of diversity as well as provides practical strategies for teachers to implement in the classroom. She infuses culturally relevant pedagogy across her courses which in turn grounds classroom instruction in a philosophical approach that meets the needs of all students, regardless of their background or prior experiences.
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