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Kristin  Bourdage, Ph.D. - Otterbein University. Westerville, OH, US

Kristin Bourdage, Ph.D. Kristin  Bourdage, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor | Otterbein University

Westerville, OH, UNITED STATES

Dr. Kristin Bourdage is a professor of literacy and language arts teaching, project-based learning, and integrating technology and pedagogy.


Dr. Kristin Bourdage is a former middle-grades teacher and now teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy and language arts teaching. In addition to her passion for teaching, she enjoys classroom-based research and collaborative projects with teachers to enhance K-12 learning.

Dr. Bourdage's teaching interests in project-based learning, integrating technology and pedagogy, 4Cs - collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity, and dialogic teaching. Her research interests in discussion as a tool for reading comprehension, dialogic teaching, and instructional coaching in literacy teaching.

Areas of Expertise (11)

Reading Comprehension


K-12 Education

Technology and Pedagogy

Project-Based Learning in HIgher Education

Project-Based Learning

Dialogic Teaching

Classroom Instuction Technology

Classroom-Based Research

Literacy acquisition and development

Instructional Coaching

Accomplishments (2)

Otterbein University Center for Community Engagement Citizen Award (professional)


Otterbein University Center for Community Engagement Citizen Award

Center for Community Engagement, Otterbein University (professional)


Center for Community Engagement, Otterbein University

Education (3)

State University of New York at Potsdam: B.A., Spanish & Psychology 1993

State University of New York at Potsdam: M.S., Teaching 1995

The Ohio State University: Ph.D, Literacy Education 2007

Affiliations (1)

  • Literacy Research Association

Languages (1)

  • English

Research Grants (3)


AAC&U Grant 


Out of the Gates: Collaborative Professional Development in Project-Based Learning

Buck Institute of Education 


The grant will provide professional development to Department of Education faculty, teacher partners from five different central Ohio school districts and up to 300 Otterbein education majors. The grant funds professional development in Project-Based Learning, a method of teaching that examines real-world problems with 21st century skills.

Pathways to Possibilities: 21st Century Skills and the 4Cs in the Curriculum

Ohio Department of Higher Education 


Sub-award, Straight A Grant with Canal Winchester Local Schools.

Otterbein education faculty members also received a subaward from ODHE to work with Canal Winchester Local Schools (CWLS) and the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio. The four-year Straight A grant will fund a project titled Pathways to Possibilities/Ready for the World.

Otterbein’s role in the project is to provide high-quality professional development to support teachers in developing 21st Century teaching practices. Guided by EnvisionEdPlus’s Four Tenets for Re-envisioning Education, CWLS and partners will implement a number of strategies to improve education in the district.

They will redesign instructional models, using STEM (strategies that engage minds) pedagogy so all students learn to think, innovate, and lead. Collaboration Design Labs, Blended Instructional Design and 21st Century Curriculum Design workshops will build an extensive local capacity to create lessons, units and courses that reflect the growing demand for future employees who work collaboratively, think critically, and design creatively.

They also will personalize learning for students and staff and train faculty to expand the use of Canvas, an open-source learning management system, to design new courses, lessons and units allowing flexibility in person, place, path and pace of learning aligned to college/career plans.

Lastly, the partners will increase access to middle school college/career experiences and high school pathways aligned to student interest and in-demand careers to expand postsecondary credit or credentials earned.