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UCO has temporarily shifted most in-person classes to synchronous virtual delivery through Jan. 31. Campus facilities and services will remain open and offer in-person and virtual options. COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage.


University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5289 Donna Nigh Dept. of Advanced Professional & Special Services LIB 166 , Box 80

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Literacy Education, 2007
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Dissertation: Are our children reading at grade level and how would we know? An examination of state and national elementary reading assessments 
Advisor: Sara Ann Beach, Ph.D.

Master of Education, Reading Education, 1992
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, 1986
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Honors and Awards

University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Hall of Fame, Member of the Inaugural Class, April, 2005

Professional and Community Involvement

Oklahoma Dyslexia Task Force Member, 2018-2019

Oklahoma State Elementary Language Arts Standards Writing Committee, Chair, PreK-4th Grade Subcommittee, 2015-2016 

Selection Committee member, Timothy and Cynthia Shanahan Dissertation of the Year Award, International Literacy Association, 2017-present

Member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the following professional organizations: 

Oklahoma Literacy Association (formerly the Oklahoma Reading Association)

Leadership, Education and Development for Educators in Reading (LEADER), a Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association)

Oklahoma Higher Education Reading Council (OHERC) 


Literacy Research Association

Delta Kappa Gamma

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