Jan Lacina serves as Interim Dean and Professor of Literacy of the Texas Christian University (TCU) College of Education.
Dr. Lacina’s career in education began as a public school teacher in Texas. She taught ESL at both the elementary school level and in an intensive English program for college-aged students. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years and her teaching and research experience has been in the areas of literacy instruction for English language learners and in writing instruction. She has served in numerous leadership positions within higher education, such as program coordinator for a large post baccalaureate program, coordinator for an early childhood-6th grade program, and she served for eight years as associate dean for graduate studies. While at TCU, she led faculty and programs to win many national awards and one state award, including the AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity, the AACTE/Southern Poverty Law Center Culturally Responsive Teaching Award, the Wisniewski Teacher Education Award, and a finalist award from the Association for Teacher Education (ATE) –the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award (DPTE). She led the college to receive state recognition for Exemplary Field Based Practices from The Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education. In 2018, she was selected to serve as the U.S. Ambassador for the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). Dr. Lacina is an alumna of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program (MDP) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Leadership Academy. She is a member of The Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI) and the Council of Deans of Education.
Dr. Lacina is an accomplished author and editor; she has authored more than 100 publications, including four books. She served as Associate Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (JRCE). She now serves as Co-Editor of the journal The Reading Teacher from June 2015-2021. The Reading Teacher is one of the most distinguished scholarly/practitioner literacy journals in the world.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Harvard University Graduate School of Education: M.D.P 2011
Texas Women's University: M.Ed.
University of Kansas: Ph.D. 1999
Baylor University: B.S. 1993
Global Leaders' Views on the Teaching of WritingEnglish Journal
2018 This is the best day of my life!” a tenth-grade girl exclaimed as we were transitioning from the teaching of writing to a break for lunch. No, she has not just met a pop star or a YouTuber that many teen girls are obsessed with this year; she’s excited about learning. This urban high school student expresses happiness about taking part in an annual writing camp held on my university campus.
Teacher as Decision Maker: A Framework to Guide Teaching Decisions in ReadingBritish Educational Research Journal
This department highlights literacy leaders across the globe who are working in the field of literacy education. It demonstrates how these literacy leaders are empowering educators in the field of literacy through their research.
Promoting Resilience Through Read-AloudsYC Young Children
2016 During outdoor recess, a group of first grade girls becomes upset and complains to their teacher that the boys will not them allow them to join a soccer game because "it's a boy's game." Their teacher, Mrs. Oviedo, recognizes the dispute as an opportunity to teach her students about dealing with conflict among peers. She uses a read-aloud to engage the children in conversations about feelings of discouragement and confidence.