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Ruth Lowery

Interim Chair - Dept. 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
lowery.163@osu.edu

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Biography

Ruth McKoy Lowery, PhD, is associate chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and professor of children’s literature and literacy. Her current research focuses on immigrant and multicultural literature, the adaptation of immigrant and at-risk students in schools, and preparing teachers to teach a diverse student population. She has published numerous articles, book chapters and authored/co-edited several books including Immigrants in Children’s Literature (2000); Fairy tales with a black consciousness: Essays on adaptations of familiar stories (2013); and Does nonfiction equate truth? Rethinking disciplinary boundaries through critical literacy (2018). She has served on several children’s book award committees including the Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS), the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and the Walter​ ​Dean​ ​Myers​ ​Awards​ ​for​ ​Outstanding​ ​Children’s​ ​Literature. She is active in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Children’s Literature Assembly (CLA), and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Her motto “Just read” encapsulates her love of books and belief in sharing great books with readers of all ages.

Education

  • 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

Dr. Lowery’s research incorporates studies of students’ responses to global 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. This line of research has resulted in the upcoming publication of two edited books, to be published in 2019.

Selected Publications

  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., & Pringle, R. M. (In press). Immigrant experiences: Expanding the school-home-community dialogue. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Lowery, R. M., Pringle, R. M. & Oslick, M. E. (In press). Land of opportunity: Immigrant experiences in the North American landscape. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Yenika-Agbaw, V., Hudock, L. A., & Lowery, R. M. (2018). Does nonfiction equate truth? Rethinking disciplinary boundaries through critical literacy. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Yenika-Agbaw, V., Lowery, R. M., Hudock, L. A., & Ricks, P. H. (2018). Exploring nonfiction literacies: Innovative practices in classrooms. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Yenika-Agbaw, V., Lowery, R. M., & Ricks, P. H. (2018). Using nonfiction for civic engagement in classrooms: Critical approaches. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • 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.
  • Lowery, R. M., Logan, C., McKoy, D. J. (Accepted). Teachers creating an inclusive classroom climate. In R. M. Lowery, R. Pringle, & M. Oslick, (Eds.), Land of opportunity: Immigrant experiences in the North American landscape. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.

Book Chapters

  • Lowery, R. M., & Pringle, R. M. (In press). Our stories: Voices of Jamaican immigrant parents. In R. M. Lowery, M. E. Oslick, & R. M. Pringle, (Eds.), Immigrant experiences: Expanding the school-home-community dialogue. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Lowery, R. M., Colantonio-Yurko, K., Miller, C. (2018). Advocating for immigrant experiences in nonfiction literature. In V. Yenika-Agbaw, R. M. Lowery, & P. H. Ricks. (2018). Using nonfiction for civic engagement in classrooms: Critical approaches (pp. 25-38). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Yenika-Agbaw, V., & Lowery, R. M. (2018). Introduction: Critical thinkers and innovative practices. In V. Yenika-Agbaw, R. M. Lowery,L. A. Hudock, & P. H. Ricks, (2018). Exploring nonfiction literacies: Innovative practices in classrooms (pp. xv-xxi). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Lowery, R. M. (2016). Glimpses of the Caribbean: Jamaicans in the Américas award-winning books. In L. Henderson (Ed.), The Américas Award: Honoring Latino/a children’s and young adult literature of the Americas (pp. 133-149). Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Articles

  • Lowery, R. M., & Fain, J. G. (2017). Embracing imagination and opening the imaginative world through the exposure of story: An interview with Kevin Henkes. Journal of Children’s Literature, 43(2), 57-61.
  • Adomat, D. S., Lowery, R. M., & Fain, J. G. (2016). Telling stories that are needed: An interview with Christopher Myers. Journal of Children’s Literature, 42(2), 58-63.          
  • Giorgis, C., Cappiello, M. A., Fain, J. G., LeJuene, M., Lowery, R. M., Richardson, M., & Riley, S. (2016). 2016 Orbis Pictus award for outstanding nonfiction. Language Arts, 94(2), 138-146.
  • Lowery, R. M. & Baglier, T. (2016). “And the winner is…” Celebrating diverse cultural experiences through award-winning children’s literature. Literacy Today, 33(6), 10-11.
  • Oslick, M., Lowery, R.M., Parks, M., Yurko, K., Logan, C., Jo, S., Worlds, M., & Thomas, M. (2016). Literacy across the content areas with the 2016 Orbis Pictus award. Florida English Journal, 51(2), 11-20.
  • Giorgis, C., Fain, J. G., Herbeck, J., Lejeune, M., Lowery, R. M., Richardson, M., & Sullivan, E. (2015). 2015 Orbis Pictus award for outstanding non-fiction. Language Arts, 93(2), 140-146.
  • Oslick, M. E., & Lowery, R. M. (2015). “We need books that reflect all our students”: Preservice teachers’ transformation in a multicultural children’s literature course. Florida Association of Teacher Educators Journal, 14(1), 1-14. 
  • 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.

Selected Presentations

  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Logan, C. (2018). Immigrant books as springboards for classroom conversations. To be presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Lowery, R.M., Logan, C., Miller, C., & Crawley, A. (2018). Talking YA literature in the ELA classroom. To be presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Lowery, R. M., Logan, C., & McKoy, D.  (2018). Mirrors, Windows or Doors: Interacting and Connecting with Global Literature. Presented at the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Congress, Athens, Greece.
  • Lowery, R. M., Fain, J., Bandré, T., Hadjioannou, X., & Henkes, K. (2017). Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast Chair, Co-Chairs and Author. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Lowery, R. M., & Logan, C. (2017). Seeing Through New Lenses: Preservice Teachers Interacting with Global Literature. Presented at the 12th IBBY Regional Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Adomat, D., Lowery, R. M., Fain, J., & Myers, C. (2016). Children’s Literature Assembly Breakfast Chair, Co-Chairs and Author. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Giorgis, C., Cappiello, M. A., Fain, J. G., Lejeune, M., Lowery, R. M., Richardson, M., & Riley, S. (2016). The 2016 Orbis Pictus award books: Sharing nonfiction with children. Orbis Pictus Award Committee sponsored session presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Giorgis, C., Cappiello, M. A., Davila, D., Fain, J. G., Graff, J., Lejeune, M., Lowery, R. M., Richardson, M., & Riley, S. (2016). The 2016 Orbis Pictus and Charlotte Huck Honor Book Award-Winning Authors and Illustrators Share Their Stories and Insights. Orbis Pictus Award Committee sponsored session presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Henderson, L., Lowery, R. M., & Yenika-Agbaw, V. (2016). Identity constructions in children’s and adolescent literature. Presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Lowery, R. M., Graff, J., Na, I. S., & Kuhlmann, T. (2016). Advocating global authenticity: Creativity and representation in children’s literature. USBBY sponsored session with authors/illustrators Il Sung Na and Torben Kuhlmann presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Colantonio-Yurko, K., & Worlds, M. (2016). Fostering Discussions about Literacy and Social Justice: Reimagining the School-Home-Community Dialogue. To be presented at the International Literacy Association Conference (ILA), Boston, MA.
  • Oslick, M., Lowery, R.M., Parks, M., McKoy, D., Yurko, K., Jo, S., Worlds, M., & Thomas, M. (2016). Presenting the 2016 Orbis Pictus award winners. Presented at the Florida Reading Association (FRA) Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Graff, J., Lowery, R. M., & Medina, M. (2015). Crafting cultural realities: The artistry and accountability of writing literature for youth. USBBY sponsored session with author Meg Medina. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Giorgis, C., Fain, J. G., Herbeck, J., Lejeune, M., Lowery, R. M. & Richardson, M. (2015). Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction for Children. Orbis Pictus Award Committee sponsored session presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Colantonio-Yurko, K., Logan, C. & Worlds, M. (2015). The art of fostering deep discussions: Expanding the school-home-community dialogue. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lowery, R. M., Oslick, M. E., Colantonio-Yurko, K., Logan, C. & Worlds, M. (2015). Fostering discussions about literacy and social justice: Reimagining the school-home-community dialogue. Presented at the Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference, Carlsbad, CA.