Ralston Hall

Martha HarrisonMartha M. Harrison, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Education and Leadership

Education History

  • Ph.D,. Curriculum and Instruction. Memphis State University, Tennessee, 1992.
    • Area of Concentration: Reading Education
    • Supportive Collateral: Special Education
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction. Memphis State University, Tennessee, 1990.
    • Area of Concentration: Reading
  • Special Education.University of Mississippi, 1985.
  • Early Childhood. University of Tennessee, 1972.
  • BS, Education. University of Tennessee, 1972.

Courses Taught

  • Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
  • Special Education for the Classroom Teacher
  • Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades

Research and Interests

  • Teacher Education Innovations and Alternative Pathways to the Classroom
  • Literacy Education
  • Community Partnerships

Recognitions

  • University Award for Student Engagement, University of Tampa, 2006
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher, University of South Florida College of Education, 2000
  • Outstanding Teacher Educator Award for Teaching, University of Memphis College of Education, 1994
  • First Year Teacher Initiative on Violence Prevention in Schools, Provost's Office, University of Memphis, 1994
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention in Classroom Settings Award, Memphis City Schools, 1994
  • The Dean's Institute for Educational Excellence Award
  • Invited Participant "Adventures in Learning to Teach," 1994
  • Faculty Research Grant Award Recipient, University of Memphis, 1992
  • Outstanding Educator for Gifted and Talented, Mississippi Department of Education, 1986
  • Coordinator for Mississippi Language Arts Curriculum, State of Mississippi Department of Education, 1985
  • Co-Director/Developer of State Kindergarten Program, State of Tennessee Department of Education, 1972

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Children's Literature (AChL)
  • Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Council on Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Florida Reading Association (FRA)
  • National Association for Education of Gifted (NAEGC)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Publications

  • Harrison, M. (2009). (in press). Incarcerated Youth Felons Attitudes Toward Reading, Teachers, and School Environments. Corrections Today.
  • Harrison, M. (2005). Vocabulary Investigation: Why we should never stop investigating words. Florida English Journal, Volume 8, No. 2, Spring. (Peer Review)
  • Harrison, M. (2005). Strategies for Teaching Your Curriculum With Picture Books: Kokopelli and the Butterfly. Grasshopper Dreams Productions, Palm Harbor, FL. (Publisher Review)
  • Barron, A., Harrison, M., & Kempker, K. (2001). The Internet: Ideas, Activities, and Resources, Florida Center for Instructional Technology, Published by the Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL.
  • Harrison, M. (2000). Video Production. "Teacher TV", Video Episode, writer in a collaboration between the National Education Association and The Learning Channel. (Peer Review)
  • Essex, N., Morris, V., Harrison, M., & Johnson, F. (2000). Systemic Chance, simultaneous renewal of teacher education and P-12 Schools. In L. Chance (Ed.). Implementing Professional Development Schools Without Major External Funding. Washington, D. C.: National Education Association. (2nd Edition and Release of 1996 Publication) (Peer Review)
  • Morris, V., Harrison, M., Byrd, J., and Robinson, D. (2000). Culture changes at the school and at the university. In L. Chance (Ed.). Implementing Professional Development Schools Without Major External Funding. Washington, D. C.: National Education Association. (2nd Edition and Release of 1996 Publication) (Peer Review)
  • Taylor, S., Morris, V., Harrison, M., and Wasson, R. (2000). Growing university liaisons: Lessons learned. In L. Chance (Ed.). Implementing Professional Development Schools Without Major External Funding. Washington, D. C.: National Education Association. (2nd Edition and Release of 1996 Publication) (Peer Review)
  • Radencich, M., Thompson, T., Anderson, N., Fleege, P., Harrison, M., & Hanley, P. (1998). The Culture of Cohorts: preservice teacher education teams. International Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol, 24, No. 2. (Peer Review/Refereed)
  • Radencich, M. & Harrison, M. (1997). Images of principals in children's and young adult literature. The New Advocate, 10, 335-348. (Peer Review)

Paper Presentations

  • Harrison, M., Smyth, T., O'Hara, H., Jowanna, Camille, Saner, Deniz, and Boucher, Heidi (2007, February). Transitioning Career Changers Into Critical Needs Mathematics and Science Classrooms: A Model of Standards-Based and Performance-Based Teacher Licensure at the Graduate Level. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Teacher Educators (ATE). San Francisco, CA.
  • Harrison, M., (2005, July). Recreational Reading, Television and Movie Viewing of Teacher Education Professors: Affecting Change in University Classrooms. Paper to be presented at the Annual International Literacies for All Summer Institute, National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). San Diego, CA.
  • Harrison, M., Orlando, K., & King. F. (2005, March) Male Choices, Male Voices in Children's Literature and Reading Role Models. Paper presented at the annual Eastern Educational Research Association Conference (EERA). Sarasota, FL
  • Williams, N., Harrison, M. & Williams, R. (2002). Investigation of literature circles in diverse settings. Paper presented at the annual conference of The American Educational Research Association (AERA). New Orleans, LA.
  • Harrison, M., Laframboise, K., and Epansion, B. (2000, March) An Inclusive Model of Teacher Education: Modeling from Within the Teacher Training Programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Teacher Educators (ATE). Orlando, FL.
  • Morris, V., Chance, L., Harrison, M., Taylor, S., and Byrd, J. (1995, February). Creating and nurturing professional development schools without major external funding. A thematic session presented at the annual conference of the Association of Teacher Educators ATE. Detroit, MI.
  • Harrison, M., & Byrd, J. (in partnership with representatives of NEA collaborative members from The University of Memphis, Montclair State University, Texas A&M University, University of Southern Maine, University of South Carolina, and University of Wyoming). (1995, February). Exploring and networking professional development schools. Washington, D. C.
  • Harrison, M., Byrd, J., and Lewis, M. (1994, November). Role Changes of Principals and University Liaisons in Professional Development Schools. In V. Morris (Chair). Culture changes and renewal in a professional development partnership: A symposium presented at the annual meeting of Mid-South Educational Research Association, Nashville, TN.
  • Harrison, M. & Lacrouts, L. (1994, October). First year teachers in urban schools and violence in and around schools. Paper presented at the regional conference of Kappa Delta Pi, Memphis, TN.
  • Haberman, M., Harrison, M., and Lacrouts, L. (1994, August). First year teacher encounters with racism and violence in the classroom. Paper presented at the New Teacher Institute, Chicago, IL.
  • Harrison, M. M. & O'Bannon, B. (1992, September). Cooperative learning in the middle school. Paper presented for Jackson Consolidated School District, Jackson, TN.
  • Harrison, Martha M. (1990, October). Using children's literature to teach thinking skills to preschoolers. Paper presented at the 1990 annual state conference of the Tennessee Association on Young Children (TAYC), Memphis, TN.
  • Harrison, Martha M. (1990, October). Teaching thinking skills to gifted children using children's literature. Paper presented at the 1990 annual state conference of Tennessee Association for the Gifted (TAG), Memphis, TN.