Example A: Instructor Biography

Dr. Peggy Semingson describes her teaching and research background, together with her own academic goals and basic personal information (family and hobbies).

Dr. Peggy Semingson is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Literacy Studies. Dr. Semingson taught bilingual students as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist for eight years in both Southern California and Texas. She received her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Texas State University–San Marcos in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Language and Literacy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. In higher education, she is the recipient of the UTA President’s Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching (2010). Most recently she was awarded the prestigious Platinum level–Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching from the United States Distance Learning Association (2013). She is also the recipient of the 2013 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award given by the UT System.

Dr. Semingson presents at local, state, and national conferences on topics that include: literacy learning, bilingual best practices, and parent involvement in literacy learning. She has co-authored a book chapter on literacy assessment for Guilford Press and most recently was co-author of an article in Teachers College Record. She has also published in State of Reading, English in Texas, and has a forthcoming book chapter on her personal narrative of her experiences as a bilingual educator in California and Texas. Her research focuses on the ways that families and communities participate in children’s literacy learning as well as ways to support students and adults with challenges in reading. She is also interested in digital pedagogies and the ways that online learning can be personalized and builds community.

She was recently awarded the Jeanne S. Chall Research Grant from Harvard University to pursue research on ways to assist upper-grade readers. She believes all students bring unique strengths to school and that it is the job of educators to know students’ strengths and build on those to make learning meaningful, purposeful, and connected to their lives and communities.

Dr. Semingson has an identical twin sister and a 4-year-old niece and has lived in Alaska, Southern California, and Texas. Her favorite things to do include swimming, cooking, reading (of course!), and technology. Her goal is to learn as much about technology as possible!