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Professional Experiences and Interests
Dr. Steve Amendum (PhD, 2008, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) is the DCTE Faculty Scholar in Literacy and an associate professor of literacy education in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. In 2015, Dr. Amendum won the Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. He teaches courses related to literacy research and instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research areas include early reading intervention, literacy development and instruction for English learners, and professional development for classroom teachers.
Currently, Dr. Amendum is the principal investigator for an IES-funded efficacy project to test an early reading and professional development intervention to improve early reading outcomes for English learners in kindergarten and first grade. He also served as the co-PI of a previous IES-funded development grant to design and test a professional development program to improve collaboration among classroom and ESL teachers, incorporate students’ cultural wealth, and improve language and literacy outcomes for K-2 Latino English learners.
His research has been published in The Elementary School Journal, The Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review, the Journal of Literacy Research, Reading & Writing Quarterly, and The Reading Teacher.