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Jeanne Fain 

Grad Ed-English Language Learning

Program Director of ELL


Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a professor in the College of Education and lead faculty of Multilingual Learners at Lipscomb University. Her scholarship agenda includes a focus on Literacy, Literature, and Language Study in K-12 classrooms. She writes grants for school/university partnerships. She conducts research on critical conversations around global texts with multilingual learners and their families in local school partnerships. She served as past chair (2020/2021) of the Notable in Children’s Language Arts Award and she was recently selected to serve as a member of the Notable Books for a Global Society for the next three years. She teaches literacy, global literature, language acquisition, culture & community, and research courses.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Language, Reading, and Culture
College of Education, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona December 2003
Areas of concentration: Biliteracy Early Literacy
Dissertation title: Children’s Dialogue about Issues of Language Diversity and Culture. Kathy G. Short, Ph.D., Chair

M.Ed. Elementary Education
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1993
Areas of concentration: Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language

B.S., Elementary Education
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ 1990
Minor: Spanish

Academic Department

College of Education