Dorian Harrison

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Assistant Professor, Newark Campus

(740) 755-7188


Dr. Dorian Harrison is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University at Newark. She teaches foundational and licensure course in literacy at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Harrison has over 15 years of experience in education. She worked as an elementary teacher, Pre-K teacher, literacy specialist, educational consultant, after school program director, and college coach/tutor.


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • M.A., Learning and Teaching, Lipscomb University, 2010
  • B.A., Liberal Studies, University of Memphis, 2006

Research Interests

Research Summary

Dr. Dorian Harrison’s research explores how equity in literacy education is enacted, paying particular attention to the ways communities of learners are challenging deficit views and practices. This approach broadly looks at the intersections of race, class, and language that are at play during teaching and learning and involves conceptual and theoretical approaches, such as critical literacy, culturally relevant pedagogy, and multilingualism. Dr. Harrison’s research is aimed at not only improving classroom practice but also restructuring how institutions prepare future educators to engage with diverse populations of students and communities.

Selected Grants

  • OSU Department of Teaching and Learning, 2021
  • Tennessee’s Spark Blueprint Grant, 2018

Selected Publications

·       Murray-Everett, N. & Harrison, D. (2021). Pre-service Teachers Confronting and Examining Media Bias. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 23(1). DOI: 

·       Harrison, D. (2021). School Based Representations of America’s African American and Latino Populations: An Analysis of Informational Picture Books in Social Studies. Journal of Literacy Innovation.  

·       Jones, A., Korson, S., Murray-Everett, N, Kessler, M., Harrison, D., & Cronenberg, S. (2020). Teacher candidate tensions with the edTPA: A neoliberal policy analysis. The Educational ForumHarrison, D. (2018).

Selected Presentations

·       Harrison, D. (2020). Community pathways to support family learning with adult ESL classes. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, virtual. 

·       Murray-Everett, N. & Harrison, D. (2020). Pre-service teachers confronting and examining bias: Media’s portrayal of race and racism. College and University Faculty Assembly Annual Conference, virtual. 

·       Harrison, D., West, A., & Fain, J. (2020). Planning for Social Justice: Community narratives as windows to ‘seeing’ equitable spaces. NCTEAR Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. 

·       Harrison, D. (2019). Negotiating power, positioning, and identity within an after-school space. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.