Stetson University

Mary Ellen Oslick

Assistant Professor of Education

Mary Ellen Oslick, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of education at Stetson University. She earned her undergraduate degree in history and humanities and her master's degree in teaching, with emphases on reading and special education, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in children's literature and literacy from the University of Florida. She has spent the past three years as an assistant professor of reading/literacy in the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education at the University of Central Arkansas, where she taught undergraduate courses in reading methods, and graduate-level, clinical-based courses covering reading difficulties. She has written and been awarded research grants, and her scholarly papers have been published in peer-refereed journals and books. Oslick won the 2014 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her article, "Children's Voices: Reactions to a Criminal Justice Issue Picture Book," and the 2013-2014 University of Central Arkansas' College of Education Research and Scholarship Award.

Education

  • Ph.D., curriculum and instruction, University of Florida
  • M.A.T., reading and special education, Trinity University
  • B.A., history and humanities, Trinity University

Course Topics

  • Reading in the Primary Grades
  • Reading in the Intermediate Grades
  • Human Exceptionalities

Research Interests

  • Social justice and critical literacy applications
  • Multicultural children's literature
  • Reading and writing instruction with diverse learners

Publications

  • Oslick, M. E. (2014). "Using Multicultural Children's Literature about Criminal Justice Issues: Fostering Aesthetic Reading Responses." In N. Gallavan (Ed.), Annual Editions: Multicultural Education, 17th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Oslick, M. E. (2014). "African American Boys' Responses to Illustrations and Text involving Black Inmates and Gangsters in Multicultural Children's Literature." In V. Yenika-Agbaw and L. Mhando (Eds.), African Youth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Identity Quest. New York: Routledge.
  • Oslick, M. E. and Lowery, R. M. (2013). "Gotta Love Technology! Pre-service Teachers Transformation in a Blended Online Multicultural Literature Course." In J. Whittingham, S. Huffman, W. Rickman and C. Wiedmaier (Eds.), Technological Tools for the Literacy Classroom. Hershey, Penn.: IGI Global.
  • Oslick, M. E. (2013). "Children's Voices: Reactions to a Criminal Justice Issue Picture Book." The Reading Teacher, (66) 7, 27-36.
  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Liu, Q., Rodriguez, P. M. and Thibodeaux, L. (2012). "Experiencing Diversity through Children's Literature: Reflecting on the 2010-2011 Notable Books for a Global Society List." Florida Reading Journal, (48) 1, 29-37.
  • Oslick, M. E. (2012). "Boys and Criminal Justice in Young Adolescent Fiction." New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, (18) 1, 1-10.
  • Oslick, M. E. (December 2011). "Using Multicultural Children's Literature about Criminal Justice Issues: Fostering Aesthetic Reading Responses." The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, (7) 1, 1-31.
  • Lowery, R. M. and Oslick, M. E. (2011). "Gotta love technology! Enhancing Book Discussions in a Blended Online Multicultural Literature Course." The Dragon Lode, 30(1), 37-45.
  • Oslick, M. E. (2011). "Criminal Justice in Children's Literature." Florida English Journal, (46) 1, 53-60.

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