Mary Knight-McKenna

Associate Professor of Education
Mooney 307C
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5858



Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. in Educational Studies, May, 2002


Northeastern University, Boston, MA

M.Ed. in Speech Pathology, June, 1979


Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

B.S. in Speech Pathology, May, 1977



Employment History

Associate Professor of Education, 2005-present

Elon University – Elon, NC


Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Special Education, 2003-2005

Rhode Island College – Providence, RI


Adjunct Professor of Education, Fall 2003

Roger Williams University – Bristol, RI


Research Associate IV/Early Reading Success Fellow, 2002-2003

University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI


Adjunct Faculty, School of Education, Fall 1997, Fall 1998, Spring 1999

Lesley University – Cambridge, MA


Speech-Language Pathologist, 1991-2002

Dartmouth Public School System – South Dartmouth, MA


Speech-Language Consultant to Public School Systems, 1987-1994

Self-employment and R.E.A.D.S., Inc – Middleborough, MA


Language Intervention Teacher, 1980-1987

R.E.A.D.S., Inc – Middleborough, MA


Speech-Language Pathologist, 1979-1980

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District – South Yarmouth, MA


My current research is about the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of candidates for partnering with families to promote language growth and emergent literacy. Students taking EDU 454 Early Childhood Language and Literacy are asked to be participants in this study. EDU 454 is an academic service-learning course involving weekly language and literacy sessions with preschool children and their families. The children are dual language learners and/or are slated to attend high-poverty schools. Data are collected in the academic classroom and the service-learning site.

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