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Caitlin McMunn Dooley

Associate Professor    Graduate Programs Coordinator    
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy specialization, University of Texas at Austin Elementary Education, University of Virginia
B.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia

Caitlin McMunn Dooley is an associate professor in the Early Childhood Education Department at Georgia State University. Her research investigates literacy development (including digital literacies), teacher development, and literacy-related educational policies. She serves as co-Editor for the National Council of Teachers of English premier journal Language Arts (2011-2016; as well as the Policy and Legislative Committee Chair for the Literacy Research Association (2013-16; Dooley has led and participated in funded research totaling more than $16.2 million. Dooley’s awards include “2008 Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award” from the College Reading Association/Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers,” “2006 Outstanding Dissertation—Distinguished Finalist,” from the International Reading Association, and “2005 Outstanding Dissertation” from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators, among others. Her research has been published in national and international refereed journals and chapters. She is the lead author of “Literary Meaning Making,” a chapter in the Literacy Research Handbook on young children’s literacy development, an international publication by Sage publications. Dooley is also the Coordinator for Graduate Programs in the Early Childhood Education Department at Georgia State University. In addition to having taught elementary grades, Dooley has served as a consultant to the Texas Educational Agency Student Assessment Division, the national non-profit Children’s Literacy Initiative, as well as several urban schools and districts across the U.S.. Dooley earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate and master degrees from the University of Virginia.


*Selected publications; see c.v. for more.
Welch, M. M., & Dooley, C. M. (2013). Digital equity for young children: A question of participation. Learning and Leading with Technology, May 2013. Available online
Dooley, C. M., & Welch, M. M. (2013). Nature of interactions among young children and adult caregivers in a children’s museum. Early Childhood Education Journal, June. Available online
Dooley, C. M. (2011). The emergence of comprehension: A decade of research 2000-2010. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 4(1). Available online

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