Dr. Carol Vukelich is the L. Sandra and Bruce L. Hammonds Professor in Teacher Education in the School of Education and former dean of the College of Education and Human Development. A recipient of the University’s Excellence in Teaching award, her research and teaching interests include children’s early literacy development and teachers’ professional development, specifically coaching and reflection strategies. Dr. Vukelich serves on several editorial boards, and has served as President of the Association for Childhood Education International and the International Reading Association’s Literacy Development in Young Children Special Interest Group. She was a founder of the Delaware Writing Project, and serves as one of its co-directors.
She has published extensively. Books by Dr. Vukelich include Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth through Kindergarten, 5th edition (with James F. Chrisite, B.J. Enz, and Kathleen Roskos, 2020) and Teaching Language and Literacy: Preschool through Elementary Grades, 5th ; Building a Foundation for Preschool Literacy: Effective Instruction for Children’s Reading and Writing Development, 2nd edition (with James F. Christie, 2009); and Achieving EXCELLENCE in Preschool Literacy Instruction (edited with Laura M. Justice, 2008). She (with James F. Christie and Kathleen Roskos) served as a consultant on McGraw-Hill/The Wright Group’s Doors to Discovery (2002) language and early literacy program.
She, with colleagues Martha Buell and Myae Han, were the recipients of three Early Reading First grants, each designed to improve young children’s language and early reading skills through enhancing their teachers’ knowledge about teaching these important skills to young children. Supporting teachers’ professional development has long been central to her work.