Dr. Debbie Linville
Chair, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
Dr. Debbie Linville came to High Point University in 2008. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Linville was the Coordinator of Elementary Education at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Linville spent two decades as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools prior to receiving her doctoral degree in Literacy Education and beginning her role in higher education.
Before being promoted to Elementary and Middle Grades Department Chair in 2010, Dr. Linville served as Literacy Coordinator and Coordinator of Graduate Elementary Education in the School of Education at High Point University. Her particular research interests focus on 1) reading process and practice, 2) authentic assessment as an avenue for promoting reading and writing proficiency, 3) writing process and practice, and 4) literacy educator development and evolving personal literacy teaching/learning theories. Most recently, Dr. Linville developed and taught graduate level online literacy courses (began online instruction summer, 2011) in keeping with the national trend in higher education to offer online learning options for graduate level candidates. Dr. Linville recently published an article which challenged literacy educators to assess current reading assessment practices in light of national reading standards and mandates. She is currently collecting data on the theoretical orientation of literacy development across time of graduate students for scholarly publication.
Dr. Linville is a regular presenter at prominent international, national, and state level literacy-focused conferences including the International Reading Association (IRA), Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA), and the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE). In 2009, Dr. Linville initiated a literacy partnership between High Point University and a neighboring (low performing) elementary school. Her work with both the Book Buddies and Reading Tutors programs was recognized in a television special entitled “What’s Right with Our Schools”. Dr. Linville was instrumental in providing direction regarding literacy education during the re-visioning of both the undergraduate and graduate elementary education programs at High Point University. Additionally, she played a role in developing three new graduate programs (all of which begin with the 2010-2011 academic year): a 5th Year Program in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts (MAT) Program in Elementary Education and a graduate degree cohort program in Elementary Education.
At High Point University Dr. Linville has served on the Elementary Education Advisory Board, the Teacher Education Council, Women and Gender Studies Committee, and the Student Life Committee. Dr. Linville’s affiliation with the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE) led to the initiation of a regional spring conference (hosted by High Point University) that was recognized as an important and necessary next step to increase awareness of the organization across the state and to provide a venue for area educators to network and further their professional knowledge. Dr. Linville is a licensed elementary educator and reading specialist and an inductee of three educational honor societies: Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Delta Kappa.