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Deborah A. Wooten, Ph.D.

Deborah A. Wooten is an associate professor of reading in the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Before joining the university faculty, she taught elementary school for 23 years. Her résumé includes experience in the rural schools of Mississippi and in the urban classrooms of New York City. After earning her PhD at New York University in New York City, USA, she continued to teach in the elementary classroom for 10 years to research practical new methods of using children’s literature to foster connections across curriculum boundaries while scaffolding students to think metacognitively. Results are published in her book Valued Voices: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning.

Deborah is currently serving as a board member for the National Council of English's Children's Literature Assembly (CLA). She has served as co-chairperson and regional co-leader of International Reading Association's (IRA) Children's Choices as well as a committee member for the Children's and Young Adult's Book Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry and Paul A. Witty Short Story Awards. Most recently Deborah served as a committee member for the Outstanding International Book Award sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People. She is an author and editor of numerous books, chapters, and articles, including co-editing and contributing to The Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature and Children’s Literature in the Reading Program: An Invitation to Read.


Contact Information

Dr. Deborah A. Wooten
Associate Professor
Reading Education


A224 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee
37996-3442

Phone: 865-974-0334
Fax: 865-974-6302
dwooten1@utk.edu

Contact the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

A204 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee
37996-3442

Phone: 865-974-6228
Fax: 865-974-6302
tallmon@utk.edu