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Rachelle Savitz

Assistant Professor of Adolescent Literacy

Office: 401-C
Phone: 864-656-3889
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Literacy Studies
University of Tennessee 2017

M.Ed. Special Education
University of Florida 2007

BS Music Education
Slippery Rock University 2001


Dr. Rachelle Savitz received her doctorate from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2017. Her research explores teacher self-efficacy and professional development, and student-centered pedagogy that focuses on inquiry and equity for all students. She emphasizes research with secondary grades, focusing on a blend of content-area and disciplinary literacies.

Courses Taught

ED 9030 Introductory Doctoral Seminar I
EDLT 9300 Literacy, Language and Culture Independent Doctoral Study
HON 2210 Young Adult Literature
EDLT 8250 Cultural Diversity
EDLT 8270 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers
EDLT 9290 College-Level Teaching in Literacy, Language and Culture
EDLT 9310 Young Adult Literature
ED 3110 Creative Inquiry
EDLT 9800 Internship in Curriculum and Instruction
EDLT 8170 Content Area Reading and Writing
EDLT 4980 Secondary Content Area Reading and Writing
EDLT 8100 Foundations of Reading and Writing

Research Interests

Disciplinary Literacy
Struggling/Striving Readers
Inquiry-Based Instruction
Teacher Self-Efficacy
University-School Partnerships


2018-2019 CV