Pamela Stockinger
Part time Faculty

Elementary/Secondary Education
EDUC 282 - Literacy II - Reading/Language Arts Grades 4-8


I am a teacher educator, currently teaching Literacy Methods, Grades 4-8, at Hope College in Holland, MI. Michigan is my home state, but my marriage after college took me as far away as Hawaii while traveling with my husband as a career Air Force wife. These travels provided me with rich teaching experiences. My former teaching positions include Shenandoah University located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and Auburn University in Alabama. I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Language Arts, Curriculum Methods courses, and have extensive experience in teaching Action Research Methods. I have also supervised student teachers and developed university courses. Prior to my university teaching, I taught public school, grades 1-6 for twenty years, in four states. Most of my public school teaching was at the middle school level.

I am also a teacher consultant for the National Writing Project (trained 1999 Sunbelt Writing Project, Auburn University). Teaching writing is a passion. To feed this passion I have a public blog that focuses on teaching writing to K-12 students. I love to sketch and paint, as well as keep visual and other journals. I love every class of students that I have the pleasure to come to know and cannot imagine what a life without teaching would be like!

Professional Experience, University

Part-time faculty, Hope College Education Department Spring 2012

Associate professor, Shenandoah University, School of Education and Human Development, Winchester, Virginia 2006-2011 (tenured)

Assistant professor, Auburn University Montgomery, School of Education, Montgomery, AL 2003-2006 (tenured)

Instructor, faculty Teacher-in-Residence, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL 1998-2003
The TIR position was a competitive position for a two-year sabbatical from public school teaching to teach as full-time faculty in School of Education, Auburn University Montgomery. At the end of the two-year sabbatical I was offered a full-time instructor position at the university, and resigned from public schools; began doctoral studies.

Professional Experience, Public Schools

Prior to university teaching, I taught in public schools in the states of Indiana, Alabama, and Hawaii for a combined total of 20 years, with most of my teaching in the middle school grades.

Teaching/Supervision Experience at University level:

Graduate Education:

Supervision of student teaching internships
Supervision of graduate reading practica
Courses taught:
Graduate Reading Seminar
Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Difficulties
Integrated Language Arts
Reading and Writing in Content Areas
Curriculum & Instruction in Elem/Middle Schools
Curriculum & Instruction in Middle/Secondary Schools
Action Research I and II
Organization & Supervision of Reading Programs
Practicum in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Practicum in Reading Education
Language Arts Methods
Social Studies Methods

Dissertation Experience:
Committee memberships

Undergraduate Education:
Supervision of student teaching internships
Instructional leader of student teacher seminars (developed course for this seminar)
Courses taught:
Methods and Materials in Elementary and Middle Schools
Elementary/Middle Language Arts Methods (nine-hour block to include reading, language arts, children’s literature)
Literacy II, Grades 4-8

University Leadership Experience:

Department Chair: Curriculum & Instruction, Shenandoah University

Program Head: Professional Studies for Initial Teacher Licensure: Elementary/Middle; Middle; Secondary, Shenandoah University
Program Head: Master of Science-Teaching, Shenandoah University

Member, Steering Committee, SACS QEP (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Quality Enhancement Plan) Shenandoah University, 2007-2009. Led efforts to research, analyze, and develop literature review for Going Global!, Shenandoah’s QEP. In addition, held variety of leadership roles during this active time of developing the university enhancement plan for accreditation.
TEAC Steering Committee: Shenandoah University
NCATE Steering Committee: Auburn University Montgomery

Collaboration across university to develop and deliver seminars to Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy Resident Teacher Certificate Program
Member, Higher Education Council of Alabama Reading Initiative

Additional Professional experience:

Consultant, Professional Staff Development, Frederick County Public Schools, September, 2009-June 2010. Trained K-12 teachers on research-based best practices in writing instruction.

Teacher Consultant, Northern Virginia Writing Project, 2008-continuing Became member of National Writing Project, 1999, and continue to serve in various roles as teacher consultant.

Stockinger, P. (2007). Living in, learning from, looking back, breaking through in the English language arts methods course: A case study of two preservice teachers. English Education, 39 (3), pp. 201-226.

Stockinger, P.C. & Tharpe, M.D. (2006, October). Look who's talking: First graders negotiate language through three journal events. Talking Points, 18. Article Number 1. Retrieved October 2006, from

Stockinger, P. & Sullivan, M. (2005). A Poem and the Story Behind It. CrossCurrents. Women in Language and Literacy Assembly: National Council of Teachers of English.

Stockinger, P. (2005). Nudging preservice teachers toward writing: Engaging students in authentic writing practice in the English Language Arts methods course." ReLATE (Reading and Language Arts Teacher Educators). Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). May be retrieved from

Book Chapter
Stockinger, P. (2005). The Power of One Author: Changing (Writing) Lives in the English Language Arts Methods Course. In J. Harmon (Ed.), Making connections: Students and authors on the same page (pp.96-111). New York: New York State English Council.

Manuscript Reviewer: English Education (2008, 2009, 2010, ongoing)

Professional book reviewer: Sage Publications (2009); Pearson Education (2009, 2010, 2011)


I have presented at national, state and local levels with the following professional organizations:
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Children's Literature Conference (annually 2006-2011), Shenandoah University
CREATE: annual conference of the National Evaluation Institute
Virginia Reading Association
Virginia Teachers of English
Alabama Reading Association
Alabama Teachers of English
… and presentations at varied and numerous local professional associations


I became a teacher consultant in 1999 for the National Writing Project. My training was in the Summer Institute at Sublet Writing Project, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Since my induction as teacher consultant I have led and attended many conferences, as well as served as a consultant to public school teachers. My passion is writing and teaching writing, so serving the National Writing Project provides me fulfillment on both professional and personal levels.

My life outside of teaching:

I have recently returned to my home state of Michigan after a 30 year absence. My journeys along with my husband of 42 years across four states have provided me with a richness of experience that continues to fulfill me. I am the proud mom of two grown men and a loving grandma to three grandchildren: Milan, just turned teenager, Owen, just turned six, and Hanna, just turned five. I love to sketch and paint and living so close to the shores of Lake Michigan also allows me to indulge my photography bent. We are enjoying our new home with spacious grounds to landscape. When not doing any of the aforementioned, I love to golf and fish.