Charline Barnes-Rowland, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

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Office: 604C Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-8246


Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); Virginia (1995)
Major: Curriculum & Instruction
Dissertation: Against All Odds: The Natural History of an Alternative-Adult High
School Program [DAI-A 56/04]

M.A., The George Washington University; Washington, DC (1985)
Major: Reading Education

B.A., Syracuse University; New York (1982)
Majors: English Education & Psychology
Certificate, Lake Michigan College; Benton Harbor, Michigan (2007)
Major: Early Childhood Education

Research and Teaching Interests

Literacy education: Literacy leadership; Methods and materials of literacy instruction; diagnosis and remediation of reading/writing difficulties (PK-adult); content area literacy; young adult literature.

Teacher education: Preparation, recruitment and retention of teachers of color; culturally responsive pedagogy; global issues in curriculum and instruction; professional development of educators.


CHARLINE BARNES ROWLAND is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, College of Education & Human Services, at West Virginia University (WVU). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Literacy Education program.

Dr. Rowland, a product of New York City public schools, received her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), her M.A. in Reading Education from George Washington University, and her B.A. in English Education & Psychology from Syracuse University. Dr. Rowland holds certifications in English (7-12), Reading Specialist (PK-12), Middle & Secondary School Administration (Principal) and Adult Education. A former public school classroom teacher and reading specialist, she served on the faculties of several institutions in the Midwest prior to joining WVU.

Dr. Rowland is past board member of International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association), and past trustee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Research Foundation. In Spring 2003, Dr. Rowland was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados where she worked with Caribbean teachers on improving children’s literacy through instructional strategies and multicultural books. She is also recipient of the CASTL Fellowship from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2006) and IRA Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award (2012).

Currently, she is Director of Student Membership for West Virginia Reading Association, a state council of the International Reading Association. She is also Statewide Campus Director for Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA), a pre-college preparatory program for disadvantaged high school students in West Virginia.

Dr. Rowland’ favorite motto is: “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read” (Mary Bethune, author).

Courses Taught

  • RDNG 422 – Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 602 – Prof Ident: Teacher as Leader
  • RDNG 621 – Reading & Writing Instruction – Elementary Schools
  • RDNG 622 – Content Area Literacy Instruction