Dr. Jeanne Gilliam Fain, Lead Faculty for English Language Learning Program, Associate Professor of Education

Contact Info:

Email: jeanne.fain@lipscomb.edu

Office Location: Ezell 245

Faculty Phone:  (615) 966-5068

Faculty Fax: 615.966.7628

Teaching Information:

Title: Lead Faculty for English Language Learning Program, Associate Professor of Education

Courses: Instruction and Literacy Courses

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 5, 2013


  • B.S. in Elementary Education (Grand Canyon University)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Arizona State University)
  • Ph.D. in Language, Reading and Culture (University of Arizona)

Area of Expertise:

  • Literacy
  • Integrating Literature and Critical Response into the Curriculum
  • Family literacy

Primary Research Interest:

  • Sociocultural Perspectives of Literacy
  • Biliteracy
  • Children’s and Family-led literature discussions
  • Early Literacy
  • Linguistic Diversity and Schooling
  • International Children’s Literature
  • Literacy Response Strategies and Global Texts

Awards and Honors:

  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award from MTSU Foundation (February 2013)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Mentoring MTSU Disabled Services (May 2010)

Grants and Contracts Awarded:

  • Tennessee Board of Regents Faculty Research Grant: $60,000  Fain, J. & Howard, M. (TN TECH) The Family and Schooling Literacy Project:  Families and Schools Generating Close Readings and Critical Responses to Global and Informational Texts (May 2013)
  • World of Words & Longview Foundation: $1000.00,  Global Perspectives of Literacy in K-2 Classrooms (September 2011)
  • Public Service Grant, $3,892.00,  International Perspectives of Literacy in K-2 Classrooms (April 2011)
  • ITD Grant Using Technology to Enhance Adolescent Literacy in a University, School Partnership (January 2010)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Educational Research Association (2008-Present)
  • WOW: World of Words, Board of Advisors (2007-Present)
  • IBBY: International Board on Books for Young People (2007-Present)
  • Center for Expansion of Language & Thinking (2007-Present)
  • International Reading Association (2007-Present)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (2005-Present)
  • National Association of Bilingual Educators (2005-2010)
  • National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association (2003 to Present)

Publications and Presentations:

  • Rowe, D. & Fain, J.G. (2013).  The Family Backpack Project: Responding to Dual-Language Texts Through Family Journals.  Language Arts.
  • Fain, J.G. with Hobgood Literacy Community. (2012). Global Perspectives of Literacy: An Introduction.  Worlds of Words.
  • Fain, J.G. (2012).  Should English Only Be Part of Curriculum & Instruction In Schools? In Eakle, J. (Ed.).  Debating Issues in American Education/ Curriculum & Instruction.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.
  • Fain, J.G. & Horn, R. (2011). Valuing Home Language In bilingual conversations. In R.J. Meyer & Whitmore, K. (Eds.). Reclaiming Reading:  Teachers, Students, and Researchers Regaining Spaces for Thinking and Action. Routledge: New York. 
  • Fain, J.G. & Jaiswal, R.  (2010).   World of Words Review:  Book Review with Roxanna Jaiswal (undergraduate) of Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle.

Peer-Reveiwed Papers Presented at National Conferences:

  • “Family Backpacks, Dual Language Texts, and Family Response Journals.” Nov. 30, 2012.  Literacy Research Association.  San Diego, California.
  • Young Urban Bilingual Preschoolers’ Engagement and Response with Critical Texts.”
  • April 10, 2011. AERA, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • “Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners in an Early Reading First Program:  The Family Backpack Program:  Child & Family Responses to Dual Language Story books with Deborah Rowe. “ Dec. 1, 2010. Literacy Research Association.  Fort Worth, Texas.
  • “Issues in Writing & Using Latino Children’s Literature:  Developing A Research Agenda:  Teacher Knowledge about Latino Literature.”  Dec. 1, 2010.  Literacy Research Association.  Fort Worth, Texas.  

Local and National Scholarly Presentations:

  • “Current Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children’s Literature and Close Reading Strategies in the Common Core.” February 3, 2013. Invited Speaker. Trevecca Nazarene University. Nashville, Tennessee.
  • “The Lamplighters: The Preservation of Literacy and Recent Children’s Literature.” December 7, 2012. Invited Speaker. Lewisburg Study Club. Lewisburg, Tennessee.
  • “Constructing Critical Knowledge and Response in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Classroom with critical and global texts. November 17, 2012. NCTE Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • “”Global Perspectives Of Literacy in K-2 Classrooms. November 18, 2012. Hobgood Literacy Community. NCTE Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Invited Session by TBR, “Exploring and Interacting with Multiple Methods of Data Analysis in School and Classroom Based Research. “ (co-presenter Martha Howard from Tennessee Technological University.). October 15, 2012. Qualitative Conference.
  • Clarksville, TN. 
  • Constructing Critical Response with Critical Texts and Young Learners.(co-presenter Suze Gilbert.). October 12, 2012. TAEYC Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.
  • “Reclaiming Reading: Teachers, Students, and Researchers Regaining Spaces for Thinking and Action (CELT).” Co-presenters from CELT.  May 2, 2012.  International Reading Conference.  Chicago, Illinois. 
  • “Codeswitching among Latino Children and in Latino Children’s Literature.” November 30, 2011.  Literacy Research Conference.  Jacksonville, Florida.
  • “Invited Discussion Facilitator, for Kathy Short’s NCTE award.” November 17, 2011. NCTE Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Supporting Urban and Bilingual Families as Writers.”  Sept. 24, 2011.  Middle Tennessee State Writing Project Conference. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • English Learners Making Sense of Print: A Beginning.” July 2011. ELL Writing Institute. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • “Young Urban Bilingual Preschoolers’ Engagement & Response with Critical Texts.”
  • April 10, 2011.  American Education Research Association Conference.  New Orleans, LA.
  • Young Urban Bilingual Preschooler’s Response with Critical Literature.”  April 8, 2011.  Scholar’s Week. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • “Critical Discussion & Family Book Clubs: an Overview.”  March 29, 2011.  Hobgood Elementary.  Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Let’s Talk:  Creating Parent-Child Book clubs.”  March 12, 2011.  Tucson Book Festival, Tucson, Arizona. 
  • “Family Book Clubs (co-authored with Debbie Rowe).”  January 19, 2011.  Literacy Studies Colloquium.  Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • “Using Technology to Enhance Adolescent Literacy in a University-School Partnership.” October, 27, 2011.  Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching Share Fair. Murfreesboro, Tennessee.