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Maureen Spelman

Maureen Spelman

Associate Professor


Areas of Specialization

Adult Learning, Curriculum Design, Literacy Instruction, Online Teaching and Learning, Urban Education


Dr. Spelman holds a M. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in reading from Saint Xavier University. In 2006, she earned an Ed. D. in curriculum and instruction with cognates in reading and special education from Loyola University Chicago. That same year she completed a LeTTOL Certificate in the pedagogy of online course design and delivery.

She has been privileged to serve as a professional educator in various capacities. In the field, her professional roles have included: elementary classroom teacher, junior high school teacher and department chair, primary level reading specialist, and elementary school principal. During her time at Saint Xavier University, Dr. Spelman has been an adjunct instructor, assistant professorial lecturer, professional development consultant, literacy coach, assistant professor and associate professor. She is currently serving as the edTPA Coordinator and Coordinator for the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level programs in the Education Department.

Courses Taught

Curriculum and Instruction Program

Initial Licensure Programs

Selected Publications

Spelman, M., Bell, D., Thomas, E., & Briody, J. (2016.) Combining Professional Development & Instructional Coaching to Transform the Classroom Environment in PreK-3 Classrooms. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. 9(1), pp 30-46. LaJolla, CA: National University Publications.

Thomas, E., Bell, D., Spelman, M., & Briody, J. (2015). The Growth of Instructional Coaching Partner Conversations in a PreK-3 rd Grade Teacher Professional Development Experience. Journal of Adult Education. 44(2), 1-6.

Rohlwing, R. , & Spelman, M. (2014). Characteristics of adult learning: Implications for the design and implementation of professional development programs. In L. Martin, S. Kragler, K. Bauserman, & D. Quatroche (Eds.)Handbook of professional development in education: Successful models and practices, PreK-12. New York: Guilford Press.

Spelman, M. & Rohlwing, R. (2013). The Relationship between Professional Development and Teacher Learning: Three Illustrative Case Studies of Urban Teachers. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. 6(1), pp 149-164) LaJolla, CA: National University Publications.

Spelman, M. & Bell, D. (2012). Transforming Literacy Instruction in Urban Settings: Combining Professional Development and Instructional Coaching to Improve Student Achievement. In Martin, L., Boggs, M., Szabo, S., & Morrison, T. (Eds.), Joy of teaching: ALER 34th Yearbook (pp 149-168). Texas A&M: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.