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Leslie David Burns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
313 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-2939

Dr. Leslie David Burns is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and serves as both Program Chair of Secondary English Education and a member of the Literacy Program Faculty.

Dr. Burns is a winner of the Literacy Research Association’s Edward Fry Book Award for the advancement of knowledge in the field of literacy. He is also a recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Janet Emig Award and Edwin Hopkins Award for exceptional scholarship in English Education. Dr. Burns is a co-author of NCTE’s national “Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts, Grades 7-12,” and has served as a member of the College Board’s National Advisory Committee for Advanced Placement Literature and Composition.

Dr. Burns edits two book series for Peter Lang Publishing International: “Social Justice Across Contexts in Education,” and “Culture, Curriculum, and Education.” His areas of expertise include language arts, adolescent literacy, curriculum studies and policy, teacher education, social justice education, and responsive teaching methods for student success in diverse classrooms.

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Research categories: English Education, Secondary Education, Literacy Education, Teacher Education, Policy, Educational Reform