Dr. April Sanders honored by UNT

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:00pm
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The University of North Texas College of Education has named Spring Hill College assistant professor April Sanders as one of two Outstanding Dissertation Award winners for 2013.

Dr. Kim Nimon was awarded top honors, while honorable mention was given to Dr. Sanders for her dissertation titled: "Parallels Between the Gaming Experience and Rosenblatt’s Reader Response Theory". Dr. Mary Harris, professor in teacher education and administration, was major professor; and committee members included Dr. Jeanne Tunks, associate professor in teacher education and administration, Dr. Janelle Mathis, associate professor in teacher education and administration, and Dr. Gail Cannella.

Dr. April Sanders joined the Spring Hill College education department as an assistant professor in August of 2013. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the use of New Literacies in the classroom, including extensive research on the impact of social media, graphic novels, culture, and gender on learning.

Dr. Sanders, who graduated with her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas in May of 2013, currently instructs Spring Hill students in “Literature and Creative Drama for Children” and “Foundations of Reading Instruction.” She also supervises four levels of student pre-service internships, ranging from early childhood to high school.

Her background includes developing curriculum guides for teachers of high-risk students, coordinating student testing, and serving as a nationwide educational rater for the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) program. Dr. Sanders has served as a featured speaker at conferences across the country on the topics of literature, policy matters, and action research.

The UNT College of Education's Outstanding Dissertation Award ceremony will be held in May.