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Jill Grifenhagen

Assistant 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.


PhD in Learning, Teaching and Diversity from Vanderbilt University
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College
BA in Sociology & Religious Studies from University of North Carolina


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

Research Areas