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Dr. Deborah Powell

Associate Professor

Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education

EB 259 
(910) 962-3175 Phone
(910) 962-3988 Fax

Online Office Hours Wednesday: 12:00-3:00pm
Office Hours Thursday: 12-4pm, 5-6pm or after class


Debbie Powell, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy graduate program and the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education.  She holds a Doctorate of Education in Reading from Indiana University, Bloomington with cognates in English Language Arts and School Administration.  Her research interests include:  writing, spelling and phonics, literacy in science, integrated curriculum and reading comprehension.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

EDN 340 Reading Foundations
EDN 340  Foundations of Reading
EDN 586 Professional Roles and Systems for Change in Literacy Education
EDN 566  Action Research in Literacy
EDN 595  Writing in the Common Core
EDN 595  Integrated Curriculum and the Common Core


Watson Chronicle
Uni-SPIRE and the Universal Writing Continuum were featured in The Star News on April 27
For more information on Uni-SPIRE and the Universal Writing Continuum, visit
Writing Conference:
Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Professional Service

Debbie is available to conduct professional development for elementary teachers in the areas of writing, writing workshop, comprehension, spelling, phonics in context, integrated curriculum, nonfiction reading and writing, inquiry teaching, and writing and spelling assessment.  See Curriculum Vita for previous professional development.

Research Interests

Integrated Curriculum
Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom
Writing Across the Curriculum
Nonfiction Genre
Spelling and Phonics
Writing and Spelling Assessment
Comprehension Strategies
Teachers’ Beliefs and Philosophies
Gaining Empathy for ELLs

Recent Presentations

NHCRA 21st Century Literacy
Service Learning

Additional Information

I am committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. I’ve had two primary goals since I have returned to higher education from the public schools:

These goals require inquiry, intuition, ingenuity, collaboration, and dedication. I see the future of our nation and our educational system at a crossroad. It is critical that we work together within the college, with colleagues in other colleges, with colleagues in other universities, and with the public schools to refine our techniques and reform the educational system.