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Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

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Dr. Amy McClure

Amy McClureContact Information

Office: Phillips 214
Phone: 740-368-3562
E-mail: aamcclur@owu.edu

  • Department Chair
  • Recipient of the Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award
  • Rodefer Professor of Education
  • Director, University Honors Program
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. History, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • M.A.T. Elementary Education, Emory University
  • M.A. Reading & Children’s Literature, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D. Children’s Literature, Curriculum & Administration, The Ohio State University


Books have been Dr. McClure's passion her entire life.  She was one of those kids who devoured books and often stayed up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight.  As children, she and her sister organized their extensive book collection into a lending library for other children in the neighborhood.  She grew up to become an Honors student and history major at Ohio Wesleyan, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, and Phi Alpha Theta.  She also served as president of Panhellenic Council.  Dr. McClure earned master's degrees from Emory and Ohio State Universities.  She then returned to her true passion--books--and earned a PhD in Children's Literature from Ohio State.  Now she gets paid to do what she loves.

Dr. McClure taught in elementary and preschools as a teacher, reading specialist, and coordinator of gifted education.  She currently serves as Rodefer Professor of Education, chairs the Education Department, and is the director of the University Honors Program.  She led the initial NCATE accreditation review that led to national accreditation for the department.  She has published seven books in the field of children's literature, written many book chapters and articles, and served as President of the Children's Literature Assembly, the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, the Ohio Reading Teachers, and the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  She received Ohio Wesleyan's Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award in 1998, the Outstanding College Teaching Award in 2001 from the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and the 1986 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.  She was also elected to the 2012 Newbery Medal Committee, which selects the most distinguished children's book published in a particular year.  In her free time, Dr. McClure reads children's books and enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two daughters.


  • Children’s Literature and Teaching Reading
  • Early Literacy
  • Fantasy in Children’s Literature (honors tutorial)
  • Supervise student teachers and field experience students

Professional Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, President
  • Children’s Literature Assembly, Past President & Board Member
  • Children’s Literature SIG of the International Reading Association, Past-President and Board Member
  • Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, Past-President
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): Chair, Excellence in Poetry Committee; Chair, Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Committee
  • Notable Books for a Global Society Selection Committee
  • National Conference on Research in English and Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (member by invitation only)
  • The Literacy Connection, Board Member
  • American Education Research Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Chair, Hans Christian Andersen International Medal Award Committee


  • 2012 Newbery Committee
  • 1998 Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award
  • 1986 National Promising Young Researcher, NCTE
  • 1986 Dissertation of the Year, KDP Honor Society
  • Martha Holden Jennings Award for Classroom Teaching
  • Outstanding Young Career Woman
  • Robert K. Marshall Award (Outstanding campus service by faculty)
  • OACTE College Professor of the Year

Professional Interests

  • Reading
  • Children’s Literature

Personal Interests

  • Hiking
  • Reading
  • Travel

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