Meet Our Faculty

Mary Campbell, Ph.D.

Professor of Literacy Education

Email: mcampbell@sxu.edu

Area of Specialization

Adolescent Literacy, Content Area Literacy, Literacy Assessment, Reading Comprehension, Teacher Education


Mary Campbell, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction (with concentrations in reading education and research methodology) from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in elementary and high schools in California, Oregon and Florida. As a university professor, she served on the faculty at the University of Florida, University of Louisiana, University of Nebraska and the University of Texas before joining the faculty at Saint Xavier University in 1991. Her scholarly works address the conceptual, historical and policy foundations of literacy education, and the advancement of literacy education in P-12 schools. She has published numerous research articles in literacy journals and has presented extensively at national and international conferences on the topics of adolescent literacy, literacy assessment, and the intellectual and moral endeavors of teacher education. Dr. Campbell teaches in the Graduate Reading Specialist Program and serves on boards and commissions for professional organizations.

Courses Offered

Selected Publications

Sweiss, C., & Campbell, M. (2011). The challenges faced by U.S. high school literacy coaches: Negotiating the role of change agent. The Reading Professor, 33 (1), 15-22.

Campbell, M. & Sweiss, C. (2010). The secondary literacy coaching model: Centrality of the standards and emerging paradigms. Journal of Reading Education, 35 (3), 39-46.

Campbell, M. & Leu, S. (2006). The academic culture of evaluation in teacher preparation for reading instruction. The Reading Professor, 28 (1), 4-10.

Campbell, M. (2005). Improving teacher quality: Approaches to assessing learning in reading teacher preparation. Journal of Reading Education, 30 (2). 27-35.

Campbell, M. & Kmiecik, M. (2004). The greatest challenges facing contemporary high school teachers: Implications for secondary teacher preparation. Reading Horizons, 42 (1), 1-20.

Selected Honors

Notable Research Article Award (2012), Professors of Reading Teacher Educators

Outstanding Research Article Award (2006), Journal of Reading Education

Saint Xavier University Scholar Recognition Award, (2001, 2002, 2005)

Saint Xavier University Teaching Excellence Award (2000)