Arlene Barry, associate professor, joined the University of Kansas faculty in the fall of 1992. Barry earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum with an emphasis in reading. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy at KU and served as a coordinator and trainer on the Kansas State Writing Assessment. Prior to work at KU, Barry spent a decade teaching students in both elementary and special education programs in the public schools.
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis in Reading), University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Learning Disabilities, Chicago State University
B.S., Education, Western Illinois University
- Disciplinary Literacy
- Adolescent Literacy
Barry’s primary research interests have focused on disciplinary literacy and the history of literacy. These interests have merged and resulted in Barry’s work in the International Reading Association’s History of Reading Special Interest Group, serving as Program Chair, Secretary, Vice President and President of this organization. Additionally, she served as Co-editor of the History of Reading Newsletter.
Barry has regularly published research in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and other peer-reviewed journals. Additional publications include book chapters, monographs, grant contributions and Kansas Reading Assessments, Kansas Writing Assessments and related Examiner’s Manuals, and Student Directions booklets.
- Literacy and Content Area Reading
Barry, A. (2016). Lessons from animals, real and imaginary in the work of Theodor Geisel. In S. Rice & A. Rud (Eds.), The educational significance of human and non-human animal interactions: Blurring the species lines (pp. 117-132). Palgrave Macmillan.
Selected Awards & Honors
Meredith Geiger-Gould Undergraduate Teaching Award
2015 - Present
Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor
2007 - 2008
Kansas Reading Association Published Studies and Research Award
- Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction-Reading Emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992
- M.S., Learning Disabilities, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, 1978
- B.S., Education, Western Illinois University, Moline, Illinois, 1975
Literacy and Content Area Reading