Laurie J. Curtis
Laurie J. Curtis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, at Kansas State University. She earned a Ph.D. from K-State in 2007, a master’s degree from the State University of New York, Oneonta in 1987, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980.
Prior to coming to K-State in 2003, Dr. Curtis was an elementary teacher for fifteen years and continues to be licensed (K-9) by the State of Kansas. Holding an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education, her area of academic and research interests include research-based literacy education, struggling readers, literacy instruction in developing countries, and brain-based instructional techniques. In addition to publication of journal articles, she presents at national and regional conferences in literacy and teacher education and provides professional development for practicing teachers both in the United States and abroad. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises teacher candidates within the schools. Dr. Curtis is the Director of the Reading Specialist Program and is the past president of Kansas Reading Professionals in Higher Education.
Lotta Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, at Kansas State University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from K-State in 2007, a Master of Science in Education from K-State in 2003, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from K-State in 1999.
Dr. Larson teaches courses in literacy and assessment at K-State. After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1999, she taught fifth and sixth grades for several years. She has also served as a K-State clinical instructor. Dr. Larson has a progressive research agenda and is nationally known for her work with new literacy and the affordances of e-books and other digital texts. She has presented at both national and international conferences and has published articles in The Reading Teacher and Learning & Leading with Technology. She currently serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Kappa Delta Pi Record. Dr. Larson is a member of the International Reading Association, the Literacy Research Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.