School of Education

Faculty/Staff Profiles

Phillip Wilder

Assistant Professor-Literacy

Office: 404F
Phone: 864-656-2079
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction-Language & Literacy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2013

Ed.M. Curriculum & Instruction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2001

BA Teaching of Social Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1995


Dr. Phillip Wilder received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 where his work through the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities established an impactful school-university partnership supporting collaborative teacher inquiry and adolescent disciplinary literacies. His research explores the intersection of disciplinary literacies and socially just pedagogies in the hope of creating more equitable schools. Dr. Wilder currently serves as a faculty in residence at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School where he partners with teachers to improve adolescent literacies within STEAM disciplines.

Courses Taught

EDLT 4980: Secondary Content Area Reading

EDLT 8100: Foundations in Literacy

EDLT 8270: Disciplinary Literacies for Middle School and High School Classroom Teachers

EDLT 8670: Middle School Reading (MAT)

EDLT 9130: Critical Issues in Literacy, Language, & Culture

Research Interests

Disciplinary Literacies
Instructional Coaching
Collaborative Practitioner Inquiry
School-University Partnerships