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Jonda C. McNair


Office: 418 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 a past chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and was a member of the 2019 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee. Dr. McNair was recently appointed to serve as chair of the 2021 John Newbery Award Selection Committee. She is serving as a coeditor of LANGUAGE ARTS, the journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work has appeared in journals such as REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, THE READING TEACHER, LANGUAGE ARTS, 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), formerly known as the International Reading Association (IRA). Dr. McNair serves as a faculty advisor for the IRA Student Council at Clemson University. She is a former elementary school teacher of students in grades K-2.

Courses Taught

EDLT 4580 Early Literacy: From Birth to Kindergarten
EDLT 4590 Teaching Reading in the Early Grades, K-3
EDLT 4600 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades, 2-6
EDLT 4620 Reading and Responding to Literature for Children in the Elementary Classroom
EDLT 8110 Advanced Children’s and Young Adult Literature
EDLT 9310 Literacy, Language and Culture Doctoral Studies Selected Topics
EDLT 9320 Literacy, Language and Culture Doctoral Seminar

Research Interests

African American Children's Literature

Politics of Children's Literature