Terry Robertson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Education
Ed.D., Language and Literacy - UMASS Lowell
M.Ed., Human Resource Education - Boston University
B.S., Communication Disorders - University of New Hampshire
Dr. Robertson’s interest in literacy was sparked as she observed the connections between reading and language in her own children. This intense curiosity led to her taking graduate courses in reading, becoming a certified reading specialist, conducting research, and completing a doctorate in the field. She has worked with children in preschool through high school, supporting development and remediation in speech, language, reading, writing, and study skills. She has worked closely with teachers in both public and private school settings, collaborating on plans for instruction and support for student learning and growth in literacy. As a part-time adjunct professor, Dr. Robertson has taught graduate literacy courses for teachers, focusing on reading and language development, foundations of special education, and assessments in oral and written language. For Johns Hopkins University, she taught a summer literature course for gifted elementary students, exploring literary devices and comparing character traits and behaviors.
One of Dr. Robertson’s special interests is in the comparison of picture book genres for evoking language from children. She was invited to present her research on this topic at a meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations in Rome, Italy in 2009 and at the 2008 National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her research in emergent literacy, she has also assisted teachers in implementing literature-based character education programs in their classrooms, highlighting the opportunities that exist for exploring the impact of choices on the influence of outcomes for many of the characters in classic fiction and non-fiction trade books.