M. Tara Joyce
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Program
Areas of Specialization
Literacy, Reading Disabilities/Dyslexia, Literacy Coaching, Adolescent Literacy, Teacher Training in Reading
Dr. Joyce earned an M.S. in reading education from Syracuse University and an Ed.D. in human development and reading from Harvard University. Her teaching experience includes positions as a classroom teacher, Title I reading teacher and reading specialist. She has worked in the adult literacy and dyslexia fields as well. She taught undergraduate and graduate reading courses at the university level at several universities before becoming a faculty member at Saint Xavier University in 2008.
At Saint Xavier University, Dr. Joyce enjoys teaching literacy courses to graduate and undergraduate students. She leads the Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Group of candidates and alumni who meet monthly to discuss issues related to literacy coaching and teaching literacy to children and adolescents. Dr. Joyce served for many years on the board of Everyone Reading Illinois, a state organization dedicated to increasing awareness of, and improving services for, individuals who struggle with reading, especially those who have the learning disability of dyslexia.
- EDGRS 520: The Reading/Writing Connection
- EDGRS 521: Technology and the Reading Specialist
- EDGRS 522: Teaching Reading in Content Areas
- EDGRS 523: Language Development and Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
- EDGRS 524: Literature for Children and Adolescents
- EDGRS 525: Practicum I: Assessment and Evaluation
- EDGRS 526: Curriculum Development and Supervision of Reading/Language Arts Programs
- EDGRS 527: Teaching Reading: Theory and Practice
- EDGRS 528: Practicum II: Instructional Interventions
- EDGRS 529: Seminar for Literacy Leaders
- EDGIP 550: Literacy in the Content Areas
- EDGSP 523: Language Development & Instruction for Diverse Settings
- EDU 209: Literature for Children and Adolescents
- EDU 284: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
- EDU 383: Supporting Struggling Readers
- EDU 397/EDGSE 497: Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
- EDUG 526: Literacy Issues for Curriculum Leaders
Joyce, M.T. (2013-2014). Reading disabilities and the Common Core: Implications for secondary students.The Primer, 42(2).
Joyce, M.T. (2013). How to support literacy coaches: Top five tips. Florida Reading Journal, 49(3), 32-37.
Sawyer, D.J., & Joyce, M.T. (2006). Research in spelling: Implications for adult basic education. In J. Comings, B. Garner, & C. Smith (Eds.), Review of Adult Learning and Literacy, 6 (pp. 71-112). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Joyce, M.T. (2003). Cracking the code. Principal Leadership, 4(3), 29-35.