Lori Wilfong

Dr. Lori Wilfong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Lori G. Wilfong, Ph.D., began her career in East Los Angeles, CA, teaching English as a second language to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This sparked her interest in motivating adolescent readers and led to positions in Rootstown Local Schools and Maple Heights City Schools as a literacy coach and literacy specialist. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in Literacy Education from Kent State, Wilfong began her current position in the Middle Childhood Education and Curriculum & Instruction programs at the Stark Campus. She remains an active consultant in several area urban school districts, furthering her research interests in multicultural literature and education, fluency, and reading in the content areas.


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Literacy Education, Kent State University, M.Ed. in Reading Specialization, Kent State University, B.Sc. in Middle and Secondary Education with a major in Teaching a Foreign Language (Spanish), University of Kansas


Adolescent literacy; young adult literature; Content Area Literacy; Reader's and Writer’s Workshop

Research Methods

Grounded theory, Mixed Methods


  • 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist
  • Author of four books by Routledge/Eye on Education: Vocabulary Strategies that Work (2012), Nonfiction Strategies that Work (2014), Writing Strategies that Work (2015) and Content Area Literacy Strategies that Work (2019)