School of Education

Faculty/Staff Profiles

Jonda C. McNair


Office: 400A Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-1577
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Educational Background

Ph. D. Language, Literacy, and Culture
The Ohio State University 2003

M.Ed. Elementary Education
University of Florida 1994

B.A. Elementary Education
University of Florida 1992


Dr. McNair specializes in literature intended for youth with an emphasis on books written by and about African Americans. She is currently serving as chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. Dr. McNair is also serving as co-editor of THE JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE and as department editor for the children's literature reviews column in LANGUAGE ARTS. Her work has appeared in journals such as REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, THE READING TEACHER, YOUNG CHILDREN, THE JOURNAL OF NEGRO EDUCATION, and CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN EDUCATION. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Literacy Association (ILA). Dr. McNair serves as a faculty advisor for the Clemson University ILA Student Council. She is a former elementary school teacher of students in grades K-2.

Courses Taught

EDLT 458 Early Literacy: From Birth to Kindergarten
EDLT 459 Teaching Reading in the Early Grades, K-3
EDLT 460 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades, 2-6
EDLT 868 Using Literature and Technology for Reading Instruction
EDLT 870 Early Literacy: Strategic Reading and Writing Instruction

Research Interests

African American Children's Literature

Politics of Children's Literature