Education Professor Dowell to Serve on Louisiana Endowment for Humanities Panel


School of Education Associate Professor, Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, has been tapped as a Panel Member for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Statewide Forum on Civic Education on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

As part of an event to highlight Civic Education in America, Sulentic Dowell was asked to participate in a panel discussion specific to Enhancing Civic Education Outcomes in Louisiana. The event will be held at Turner Hall in New Orleans, the site of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Sulentic Dowell's research agenda is focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically the complexities of literacy leadership, providing access to literature, writing, and the arts, and service-learning as a pathway to preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy authentically in urban environs. She was tapped due to her knowledge and expertise with service-learning within teacher education.

Dr. Neil Mathews, Director of the School of education said, “It is always rewarding to see our faculty members approached by the community for their expertise. It’s a sign that our college is making an impact not only in Baton Rouge, but around the state.”

“As a service-learning scholar at LSU, interested in civic and community engagement within teacher education, it is rewarding to be recognized by an organization with the reputation and stature as the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for my expertise in the area of civic engagement. It is especially rewarding that the LEH is targeting teachers and invited me to participate," said Sulentic Dowell.

Sulentic Dowell also serves as Director of the LSU Writing Project and Coordinator of the Elementary Grades 1-5 Teacher Education Program. She was editor of the Literacy and Social Responsibility ejournal from 2009-2014.  She is also former assistant superintendent for 64 elementary schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.  

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