Allison Swan Dagen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

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Office: 604N Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-4417


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
January 1998-April 2002
Major: Instruction and Learning/Reading

M.Ed., Bloomsburg University
August 1992-May 1994
Major: Reading

B.A., King’s College
August 1988-May 1992
Major: Elementary Education


My research interests the preparation of specialized reading professionals (reading specialists/literacy coaches), professional development for literacy educators, early literacy, teacher leadership and National Board Teaching Certification (NBTC).

In addition to my focused areas of research, I serve as Program Coordinator for the Literacy Education Master of Arts program. My teaching assignments in the program include: Foundations of Literacy (624), Literacy and the Young Child (623), Literacy Coaching (693) and Literacy Leadership (726).


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, College of Education & Human Services (CEHS), at West Virginia University (WVU). I earned my doctorate in Instruction and Learning/Reading from the University of Pittsburgh and my M.Ed. in Reading Education from Bloomsburg University. My professional teaching certificates include Elementary Education (K-8), and Reading Specialist Certification (K-12). I began my teaching career as middle school Reading and intermediate Title 1 Math Specialist in the Pleasant Valley School District, Brodheadsville, PA

Courses Taught

  • RDNG 623 – Literacy & the Young Child
  • RDNG 624 – Foundations of Literacy
  • RDNG 726 – Literacy Leadership
  • RDNG 693BSPTP: Literacy Leaders NBC
  • RDNG 693CSPTP: Literacy Leaders NBC 2