Dr. Amy McClure
Office: Phillips 214
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.
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