Donna Werderich, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Literacy Education


Curriculum and Instruction


  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Concordia University

Research Interests

  • Professor Werderich teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language arts and writing methods. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, motivation and strategy instruction in writing and teacher education.

Selected Publications

  • Werderich, D.E., McGinty, A., & Rosenstock, B. (In press). Biographies in focus: A framework for supporting biography writing in the classroom. Illinois Reading Council Journal

  • Werderich, D.E., & Manderino, M. (2014). The multimedia memoir: Leveraging multimodality to facilitate the teaching of narrative writing for preservice teachers. In Ferdig, R. & Pytash, K. (Eds.). Exploring multimodal composition and digital writing (pp. 316-330). Hershey, PA: IGI Global

  • Werderich, D.E., & Armstrong, S.L. (2013). Examining the conceptualizations,preferences, and practices of adolescent writers. Literacy Research and Instruction, 52(4), 339-373

  • Farris, P. A., McGinty, A., & Werderich, D. E. (in−press). Turning kids on to science through biographies.Science and Children.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Illinois Reading Educator of the Year Award, College Category, Illinois Reading Council. (2013)
  • International Reading Association's 2010-2011 Local Council Community Service Award Committee
  • Editorial Review Board, Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008-present
  • Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership, Rockford College. (2007)
  • Editorial Review Board, Teacher Education Quarterly
  • Editorial Review Board, Reading Horizons
  • Editorial Review Board, Illinois Reading Council Journal


  • LTLA 341: Language Arts in the Elementary School 
  • LTLA 543: Writing in the Elementary School
  • LTLA 760: Seminar in Elementary Education: Language Arts

Donna Werderich


Graham Hall 119A

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