Jennie Ricketts-Duncan, PhD
PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Barry University
EdS, Reading, Barry University
MS, Educational Leadership, Central Connecticut State University
B.Ed., Elementary Education, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Dr. Jennie Ricketts-Duncan, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading and Literacy Studies. She joined the Reading Faculty in the Adrian Dominican School of Education in 2011 with more than 30 years of combined international and US K-12 teaching experience in all areas and levels of literacy, reading, and language arts education. She earned her PhD from Barry University with a specialization in Elementary Education, an EdS in Reading from Barry University, a MS in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University, and a BEd in Elementary Education from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.
Prior to joining the Barry University School of Education faculty, Dr. Ricketts-Duncan was instrumental in coordinating the Regional Caribbean Center of Excellence (CCETT) in Literacy Education for Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College. While in Jamaica she was a reading and literacy studies lecturer who taught at the undergraduate level and assisted with curriculum development and assessments for teacher accreditation. Since then, Dr. Ricketts-Duncan has been teaching undergraduate and graduate reading courses in the Reading and Literacy Studies Department at Barry University. She has provided professional consultation as a grant reviewer for the Louisiana’s Department of Education, Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grants, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and served as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Education. She was the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Cecile Roussell PhD Fellowship for her reading research project, Children’s Literature Mobile Library (CLBM).
Dr. Ricketts-Duncan has volunteered service on university committees and with community partnership. She is currently the Co-President of the Phi Delta Kappa International Organization Barry University Chapter. She has maintained active memberships in local, state, and international reading organizations namely: International Reading Association (IRA), Phi Delta Kappa International Organization (PDK), American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), Literacy Research Association (LRA), Florida Reading Association (FRA), Secondary Reading Council of Florida (SRCFL), and Dade Reading Council (DRC). She currently serves as an editor for the Reading Horizon and Current Issues in Education Journals. Her research interest lies in teacher leadership and practices in reading; integrating children’s literature across the curriculum, interdisciplinary approach to literacy, and dialogical literacy.