Dr. Sarah B. Nixon


School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
School-Teaching Learn and Develop Sci
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, 1998, Kent State University
    Areas of Emphasis: Literacy & Multicultural/International Education
  • MSEd, Reading, 1991, Southwest Missouri State University
  • BAEd, English and Spanish, 1986, University of Dallas


  • Foundations of Literacy
  • Assessing & Personalizing Literacy Instruction
  • Improving Reading & Writing in Secondary Classrooms
  • Diversity Issues in Literacy & the Content Areas
  • Content Area Literacy
  • Psychology of Literacy
  • Curriculum Design in Literacy
  • Seminar in Literacy
  • Thesis in Literacy
  • Thesis for MAT students
  • Supervision of Student Teachers

Research and professional interests

  • Cross-cultural proficiency with preservice & inservice teachers
  • Struggling adolescent readers in high poverty schools
  • The use of ERR Instructional Framework & content literacy strategies in various disciplines at middle school, high school, & college level; especially science, language arts, TESOL & world languages [Spanish, French, Latin]

Awards and honors

  • Sabbatical Leave; Spring 2008; An investigation of the use of current teaching strategies with former students in content area literacy courses
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2006; Active learning and critical thinking in a college science course
  • J. William Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; 2003-2004; Methodology for active learning and critical thinking
  • J. William Fulbright Senior Specialists Program Candidate; 2003-2008
  • University Teaching Award, Missouri State University; 2001
  • College of Education Service Award, Missouri State University; 2000
  • College of Education Teaching Award, Missouri State University; 1999
  • Reading & Writing for Critical Thinking International Educator in Bulgaria; Sponsors: International Reading Association & Open Society Foundation; 1998-2003