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Associate Professor


2017 Ph.D. The University of Georgia – Language & Literacy Education

2011 M.A. The University of Georgia – Language & Literacy Education

1989 B.S.E. Texas Tech University – Secondary Education

1989 B. A. Texas Tech University – English

Teaching Specialties

-Adolescent Literature, Writing Pedagogy, and Content Literacy

-Elementary Children’s Literature, Literacy Methods and Assessment

-Graduate Literacy Theory and Methods

Courses Taught

ELED 3113: Children’s Literature

RDNG 4103: Literacy Assessment

RDNG 6313e: Current Theory & Practice in Teaching Reading

RDNG 7613e: Survey of Quantitative & Qualitative Literacy Research Methods

Research Interests

-Teacher Candidates with Learning Disabilities

-How Elementary and Middle Grades Teachers Negotiate Tensions in the Classroom between Best Practices and Student Learning Needs

-Preparing Teacher Candidates to Teach Reading


2015-present    American Reading Forum

2014-present    Association for Middle Level

                          Education (AMLE)

2014-present    Teacher Education Research Study

                          Group (TERSG)

2011-present    American Educational Research 


2011-present    Modern Language Association

2011-present    UGA Alumni Association                      

2010-present    Literacy Research Association

2010-present    International Literacy Association

1992-present    The National Council of Teachers

                          of English (NCTE)

1989-present    Ex-Student Association – Texas

                          Tech University

1989-present    Alpha Delta Pi Alum Association

Karen Kleppe Graham

Contact Information

P: 870-680-8440


Building: Education
Room: 368

Office Hours

By appointment