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Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD, is Professor of Literacy and Urban Education in the School of Education, College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Her research agenda includes three strands focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically service-learning as a pathway to preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy in urban environs, providing access to literature, writing, and the arts, and the complexities of literacy leadership. Prior to joining the LSU faculty in 2006, she was Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg). Sulentic Dowell has been nationally recognized for her scholarship and teaching. She was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education from the Gulf South Summit (2014); she received the LSU Outstanding Faculty Service Learning Award (2013), she was named LSU Flagship Faculty (2012), and was recipient of the (LSU) College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2012). In addition she was named recipient of The Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching Award” in 2007. The University of Southern Mississippi named her an Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow (2001), and she was finalist for the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (2000). Sulentic Dowell was a career educator, spending the majority of her 20 year public school teaching experience in the Waterloo, Iowa Community Schools, but also possessing experience in Minnesota, Mississippi, and most recently, serving public education as Assistant Superintendent of 64 elementary campuses in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana.
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