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Rachelle Savitz

Assistant Professor of Adolescent Literacy

Office: 401-C
Phone: Dept 864-656-7645
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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 and is an assistant professor of adolescent literacy at Clemson University. Having been a K-12 literacy coach and interventionist and high school reading teacher, her research explores teacher self-efficacy and professional development; student-centered pedagogy that focuses on inquiry and equity for all students; a blend of disciplinary literacy and content-area reading and writing; and culturally sustaining pedagogy. She is the recipient of American Reading Forum’s Gary Moorman Early Career Literacy Scholar Award, finalist for International Literacy Association’s Timothy and Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation award, as well as Secondary Reading Council of Florida’s Reading Teacher of the Year award.

Courses Taught

ED 9030 Introductory Doctoral Seminar I
EDLT 9300 Literacy, Language and Culture Independent Doctoral Study
EDLT 8110 Advanced Children's and Young Adult Literature
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

Content-Area/Disciplinary Literacy
Reluctant Readers
Teacher Self-Efficacy
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
Young Adult Literature
University-School Partnerships


2019 CV