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Ruth Lowery

Associate Chair of T&L, Department of Teaching and Learning
Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Program Area: Literature for Children and Young Adults

(614) 292-4925

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Ruth McKoy Lowery is associate chair and professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She teaches courses on children's literature and literacy education. Lowery is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She is co-editor of the Dragon Lode journal, a publication for the International Literacy Association Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group.


  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction: Language and Literacy, Cultural Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • MEd, Elementary Education, Florida Atlantic University, 1994
  • BA, English Literature, Florida Atlantic University, 1991

Research Interests

Research Summary

Lowery’s research incorporates studies of students’ responses to literature, the incorporation of multicultural literature for children and adolescents in schools’ curricula, West Indian immigrant populations and their adjustment in American, Canadian and British schools and preparing pre-service teachers to teach diverse student populations. Her current research focuses on children’s literature - particularly immigrant and multicultural literature, the adaptation of immigrant and at-risk students in schools and preparing preservice and in-service teachers to teach a diverse student population. The ultimate outcome of this research is to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to incorporate literature across the curriculum and to create an effective learning space for immigrant children in their classrooms. Dr. Lowery is the author of Immigrants in Children’s Literature (2000) and co-editor of Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories (2013). 

Selected Publications

  1. Jewett, P., Johnson, D., Lowery, R. M., & Stiles, J. (2015). Connecting science and math concepts with children's and young adult literature in a CCSS world. Journal of Children’s Literature, 41(1), 44-47.
  2. Lowery, R. M., & Chapman, S. C. (2014). Bullying in children’s literature: Resources for the classroom. Florida Reading Quarterly, 50(1), 32-35.
  3. Lowery, R. M., Jewett, P., & Stiles, J. (2014). Land, air or sea: Border crossing experiences in literary conversations. Journal of Children’s Literature, 40(1), 52-55.
  4. Wilson, F., Giorgis, C., Herbeck, J., LeJeune, M., Lowery, R.M., Parsons, S., & Sullivan, E. (2014). 2014 Orbis Pictus award winners. Language Arts, 92(2), 150-156.
  5. Lowery, R. M. (2013). Caribbean folk tales and African oral tradition. In V. Yenika-Agbaw, R. M. Lowery, & L. Henderson (Eds.), Fairy tales with a black consciousness: Essays on adaptations of familiar stories (pp.101-116). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  6. Oslick, M. E. & Lowery, R. M. (2013). “Gotta love technology!”: Preservice teachers’ transformation in a blended online multicultural literature course. In J. Whittingham, S. Huffman, W. Rickman, & C. Wiedmaier (Eds.), Technological Tools for the Literacy Classroom (pp. 280-294). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  7. Short, K., Giorgis, C., & Lowery, R. (2013). Books that make a difference: Kids taking action for social justice. Journal of Children’s Literature, 39(1), 32-35.
  8. Yenika-Agbaw, V., Lowery, R. M., & Henderson, L. (Eds.). (2013). Fairy tales with a black consciousness: Essays on adaptations of familiar stories. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  9. Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Liu, Q., Rodriguez, P. & Thibodeaux, L. (2012). Experiencing diversity through children’s literature: Reflecting on the 2010-2011 notable books for a global society list. Florida Reading Journal, 48(2), 29-37.
  10. Evans, A., Hildebrand, K., Colabucci, L., Day, D., Graff, J. M., Lowery, R. M., Sanders, J., Peterson, S. S. & Sullivan, E. T. (2011). 2011 Notable Books for a Global Society: A Booklist for Grades K-12. The Dragon Lode, 29(2), 22-40.
  11. Lowery, R. M. (2011). Fathers know best: Traditional families in recently published African American children’s literature for the early grades. In V. Yenika-Agbaw & M. Napoli. (Eds.), African and African American children’s and adolescent literature in the classroom: A critical guide (pp. 3-17). New York, NY: Lang.
  12. Lowery, R. M. (2011). Representations not Representation: Exploring Middle East Children’s Literature. In L. A. Smolen & R. A. Oswald.  (Eds.), Multicultural literature and response: Affirming diverse voices (pp. 267-283). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  13. Lowery, R. M. & Oslick, M. E. (2011). “Gotta love technology!” Enhancing book discussions in a blended online multicultural literature course. The Dragon Lode, 30(1), 37-45.
  14. Malcolm, Z. & Lowery, R. M. (2011). Reflections of the Caribbean in children's picture books: A critical multicultural analysis. Multicultural Education, 19(1),46-50.
  15. Lowery, R. M. (2010). West Indian immigrant students in American schools: Rethinking the “at-risk” label. In T. W. Huber (Ed.), Storied Inquiries in international landscapes: An anthology of educational research (pp. 35-43). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  16. Lowery, R. M. (2010). Mentoring diverse youth. In Clauss-Ehlers, C. (Ed.).  Encyclopedia of cross-cultural school psychology (pp. 609-611). New York: Springer.
  17. Newman, M., Evans, A., Colabucci, L., Day, D., Hildebrand, K., Hill, J., Lowery, R., Saccardi, M., & Yenika-Agbaw, V.  (2010). 2010 notable books for a global society:  A booklist for K-12. The Dragon Lode, 28(2), 18-37.
  18. Ward, B. A., Saccardi, M., Bedford, A., Evans, A. D., Hill, J., Louie, B. Y., Lowery, R. M., Newman, M., Thompson, D. L., & Yenika-Agbaw, V. (2010). Engaging students with global literature: The 2009 notable books for a global society.  New England Reading Association Journal, 45(2), 43-56.
  19. Ward, B. A., Saccardi, M., Evans, A. D., Hill, J., Louie, B. Y., Lowery, R. M., Newman, M., Thompson, D. L., & Yenika-Agbaw, V. (2009). 2009 notable books for a global society: A booklist for grades K-12. The Dragon Lode, 27(2), 26-45.