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Jill Grifenhagen

Associate Professor, Literacy Education

317G Poe Hall


Dr. Grifenhagen was an elementary classroom teacher in Washington, DC and Boston prior to earning her Ph.D. from Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Grifenhagen’s research focuses on the role of teachers’ talk in the classroom learning environment. She is interested in the intersection between children’s language and literacy development as well as preparing children from all backgrounds for the academic and language demands of schooling today. In turn, Dr. Grifenhagen seeks to develop the best training and supports for teachers to improve practices in language and literacy.

Courses Taught

  • ELM 430 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
  • ELM 571 Language Arts, New Literacies, and Media
  • ECI 537 Children’s Literature
  • ECI 508 Teachers as Leaders


PhD Learning, Teaching and Diversity Vanderbilt University

MEd Curriculum and Instruction Boston College

BA Sociology & Religious Studies University of North Carolina