Joanna Marasco, PhD

Joanna Marasco, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate Reading Program
305-899-3715, (toll free 1-800-756-6000 ext. 3715)

Dr. Joanna Marasco joined the Adrian Dominican School of Education as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Reading Program in Fall 2004. She is an editor and chapter author of the Teaching and Advocacy and coauthor of several book chapters and journal articles on issues relating to gender and critical literacy in broad social contexts. She had eight years of teaching at the university level and five years in public schools.

Dr. Marasco received her doctorate at the University of Arizona in 1999, where Dr. Kenneth Goodman and Dr. Denny Taylor were her mentors and thesis advisors. Her dissertation research was a six year ethnographic study of the literacy documents of a teenage mother. She was awarded at the Dean’s Forum with an Outstanding Research Honor.

Dr. Marasco has had numerous professional presentations at national conferences in the areas of literacy and social justice and has often served as conference and symposium organizer. In addition, she has had long time affiliations with professional organizations. Dr. Marasco’s professional service at California State University has included work on teacher credentialing and education curriculum. In Missouri, her professional service included the task force on teacher excellence and college retention and admission. Recently, Dr. Marasco has recently participated in the first Conference on Teachers in Areas of Armed Conflict, International Scholars Forum, Hofstra University.


PhD, University of Arizona (1999)

Language Reading and Culture
Dissertation Chairs: Dr. Kenneth Goodman and Dr. Denny Taylor
Dissertation Title: Alternate Theoretical Perspectives on the
Literacy Documents of a Teenage Mother

M.Ed., the College of New Jersey, Trenton (1993)

Developmental Reading and the Teaching of Language Arts

B.S., Monmouth University, NJ (1963)

Secondary Education, English


Barry University, Florida (2004-2005)

Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Graduate Reading

California State University, San Bernardino (2001-2003)

Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Language Literacy and Culture
Graduate Reading Program

Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (1999-2001)

Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Education



  • Taylor, D., Coughlin, D., & Marasco, J. (Eds.). (1997). Teaching and advocacy. York, ME: Stenhouse.

Chapters and Articles:

  • Marasco, J., & Torres, N. (2003). Building critical literacy through the social sciences. Journal of the National Social Sciences Association.
  • Streitmatter, J. & Marasco, J. (2002). Girls and boys see it differently. In A. Datlow and L. Hubbard. (Eds.), Single-sex schooling: Politics and policy. NYC: Rout ledge Press.
  • Streitmatter, J., Blair, H., & Marasco, J. (2000). Girls only classes in public schools: How can schools organize for gender equity in science and math? In Volume 2: Perspectives on Gender of the series changing the Faces of Mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Marasco, J. (1999). Alternate theoretical perspectives on the literacy documents of a teenage mother. Unpublished manuscript, University of Arizona.
  • Marasco, J. (1997). Who’ll take care of my baby? Advocating for Serena. In D. Taylor, D. Coughlin, and J. Marasco (Eds.). (1997). Teaching and advocacy (pp.98-130).


  • 2004 - Conference on Critical Issues in Early Literacy Development, Conference Coordinator
    Chair, D. Goodman’s I learned to read...
    University of Arizona Department of Language, Reading and Culture
  • 2003 - Marasco, J., & Torres, N. (2003). Building critical literacy through the social sciences. Paper presented at the National Social Science Association Annual Summer Seminar, Ontario, Canada, April 6.
  • 2000 - National Council of Teachers of English
    Spring Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Invited Chair
    Honoring Carole Edelsky
  • 1999 - American Educational Research Association
    Montreal, April, Symposium Organizer and Presenter
    High school students’ perspectives on single-sex classes in Mathematics and science
  • 1998 - International Reading Association, Annual Convention
    Orlando, FL; April, Symposium participant:
    Disenfranchised students reflect, create, question and construct literacy
  • 1998 - National Council of Teachers of English
    Spring Conference, Albuquerque, Symposium Organizer and Presenter: Feeling valued as a learner
  • 1998 - American Educational Research Association
    San Diego, CA; April, Symposium participant:
    Girls’ collectivity, In session entitled, Liberating curriculum and pedagogy
  • 1997 - National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
    December, Conference organizer and presenter: Personal and official literacies
  • 1996 - American Educational Research Association
    New York: April, Symposium organizer and presenter:
    Girls only classes in public schools: How can schools
    Organize for gender equity in science and math?
  • 1995 - Ethnography in Education, University of Pennsylvania
    Symposium: Gender and literacy: A case study of educators’beliefs and knowledge

Awards and Honors

  • 2000 - Westminster College, Award to Fund Research
  • 1999 - The James N. Britton Award Nomination:
    Teaching and Advocacy (1997). The Conference On English Education
  • 1995-1998 - Robert F. Paulsen Fellowship Award
    Three year recipient, University of Arizona
  • 1996 - Dean’s Forum, Outstanding Research Honor
    College of Education, University of Arizona

Professional Service

  • 2004 - Archivist: The Archival Collection: Ken Goodman
    Preparing written works of Professor Emeritus for the University of Arizona Archival Collection
  • 2001-2003 - Committee Member, Curriculum Committee
    California State University
  • Committee Member, Committee on Teacher Credentialing
    California State University
    San Bernardino, College of Education
  • 1999-2001 - Committee Member, Committee on Retention and Admission
    Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
  • Committee Member: Task Force on Teacher Excellence
  • Committee Member: Teacher Advisory Council
  • College Supervisor: America Reads Project
  • 1993-1999 - Active Participant: Research Associate; Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Conference Organizer; Symposium Coordinator
    Department of Language, Reading and Culture
    College Of Education, University of Arizona

Proessional Affiliations

Long time membership, service, presentation and participation in annual meetings of the following:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Reading Conference
  • Whole Language Umbrella