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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.


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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