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Leslie David Burns, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Burns is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of Kentucky and a former high school English language arts teacher in rural and suburban Kansas. He is the Program Chair of English Education for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Burns served as the chief curriculum consultant for the state of Kentucky’s P-12 Model Curriculum Framework for all content areas and grade levels, which was awarded the John I. Wilson National Award for Innovation in Education in 2010.

He is a winner of the Edward B. Fry Book Award for Empowering Struggling Readers in 2011 for the advancement of knowledge, research, and intellectual risk-taking in the field of literacy, and served as the Higher Education Representative for English language arts in Kentucky’s Teacher Leader Network, which developed the standards and learning targets for teaching P-12 language arts in classrooms throughout Kentucky. He is a co-author of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts, Grades 7-12, and the lead author of the first official standard for social justice teaching and teacher education in the history of the United States.

Dr. Burns’ research interests include English language arts, adolescent literacy, curriculum studies and design, education policy, education standards, education reform, teacher professionalism and identity, and techniques for responsive teaching and learning in diverse classrooms.

Vita (PDF)

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