Susan Tancock

Susan Tancock

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Professor of Elementary Education

Curriculum Vitae


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About Susan M. Tancock

Dr. Tancock has taught undergraduate and graduate literacy courses for over 25 years. In her work with the Schools Within the Context of Community program, she facilitates culturally-relevant literacy experiences for undergraduate students as they work in school, after-school, and in community-engaged activities. Susan is committed to finding ways to better prepare preservice teachers to serve racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse students and to address issues of equity in today’s schools.

Professional Experience


Assistant Chair

Co-Director of The Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation


Ph.D, Educational Theory & Practice, 1991

The Ohio State University

M.Ed., Reading, 1987

Butler University

B.S., Elementary Education, 1984

Ball State University

Research and Publications

Zygmunt, E., Cipollone, K., Tancock, S., Clausen, J., & Clark, P. (In press). Loving out loud: Community mentors, teacher candidates, and transformative learning through a pedagogy of care and connection. Journal of Teacher Education.

Birdyshaw, D., Swaggerty, McGriff, M., Rutherford, A., E., Ro, J., Tancock, S., Fine, J., Leach, A. (2017). Beyond State Requirements: Examining Teacher Preparation for Literacy Instruction in United States Teacher Education Programs. Literacy Practice & Research, 43 (1), 15-25.

Tancock, S. M. Zygmunt, E., Clark, P., Mucherah, W., & Clausen, J. (2017). Fostering culturally-relevant children’s literature knowledge with a community-engaged literacy event. The Reading Professor, 39, (1), 20-25.

Areas of Expertise

Culturally-Relevant Literacy Instruction

Critical Literacy

Diverse Children's Literature

Social Justice

Other Professional Activities


Multicultural Education and Diversity Award (2017). American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2016). American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Division K Award for Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education (2016). American Educational Research Association.

Award for Exemplary Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation (2012) (Schools Within the Context of Community Immersive Learning Semester). American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education / Southern Poverty Law Center.