Meghan Liebfreund

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Hawkins Hall, Room 107D


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy, North Carolina State University, 2014

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, The Ohio State University, 2005

B.A. in English, Magna Cum Laude, The Ohio State University, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Early reading instruction and intervention; reading comprehension


Meghan Liebfreund is an Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education department at Towson University where she works predominately in the Graduate Reading Program. Meghan received a Ph.D. in Literacy Education from North Carolina State University. Prior to graduate school, she taught at the elementary level for six years. Meghan’s research focuses on better understanding and supporting students who experience difficulty with reading, especially in the area of comprehension.


2015 International Literacy Association (ILA) Outstanding Dissertation award.


Liebfreund, M. D. (in press). Success with informational text comprehension: An examination of underlying factors. Reading Research Quarterly.

Conradi, K., Amendum, S. J., & Liebfreund, M. D. (in press). Explaining variance in comprehension for students in a high-poverty setting. Reading and Writing Quarterly.

Liebfreund, M. D., & Mattingly, A.(2013). Creating praxis: Determining teacher perceptions of struggling readers and their impact on instruction.In P. J. Dunston, S. K. Fullerton, C. C. Bates, P. M. Stecker, M. W. Cole, A. H. Hall, D. Herro, & K. N. Headley (Eds.), Sixty-second yearbook of the Literacy Research Association (pp. 325-339). Altamonte Springs, FL: Literacy Research Association, Inc.


Liebfreund, M. D., & Pendleton, M. (2017, June). Benefits, challenges, and practical tips for conducting university book clubs. Paper presentation at the Lilly International Conference, Bethesda, MD.

Liebfreund, M. D. (2016, December). Improving reading comprehension for students with Autism: A formative approach. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Nashville, TN.

Liebfreund, M. D. (2017). Lingua anglia: Bridging language and learners--Facilitate informational text comprehension with vocabulary instruction. English Journal, 106(4), 76–78.

Pendleton, M., & Liebfreund, M. D. (2017, July). Investigating the role of group composition on discussion quality in a university book club on multicultural children’s literature. Paper presentation at the meeting of the European Conference on Literacy, Madrid, Spain.