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Lisa Aker

Office: 404 Gantt Circle
Phone: 864-656-7645 Dept.
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction-Literacy
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2018

Ed.S. Reading Specialist/Literacy Coaching
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2011

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction-Elementary Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2007

B.S. Early Childhood Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2006


Lisa D. Aker is a literacy faculty member for the Clemson University College of Education. Lisa teaches face-to-face pre-service undergraduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She also teaches graduate courses in the Clemson University online Literacy M.Ed. Program. She is a former elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. She received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Lisa’s research focuses on teacher professional development, literacy coaching, early literacy intervention, and metacognition. Her research has been published in The Reading Teacher, Reading in Virginia, Effective Practices in Online Teacher Preparation for Literacy Educators, and Best Practices for Literacy Leaders Key to School Improvement: 2nd Edition. Lisa also serves as the co-editor for Literacy Matters: The Journal of the Palmetto State Literacy Association.

Courses Taught

EDLT 4580-Early Literacy Birth to Kindergarten
EDLT 4590-Teaching Reading in Early Grades (K-3)
EDLT 4600-Teaching Reading in the Elementary Grades (2-6)
EDLT 4610-Content Area Reading Grades 2-6
EDLT 8100-Foundations of Reading and Writing
EDLT 8120-Assessment in Reading and Writing
EDLT 8150-Guided Reading and Writing
EDLT 8160-Instructional Practicum: Differentiated Instruction for Literacy Learners
EDLT 8180-Organization, Administration, and Supervision in Literacy
EDLT 8200-Action Research in Literacy Coaching
EDLT 8260-Foundations of ESOL Instruction

Research Interests

Teacher Professional Development
Literacy Coaching
Early Literacy
Reading Intervention
Family Involvement


Literacy Matters Journal
Canine Companions for Independence at Clemson
Faculty-Directed: Reggio Emilia Collaborative Study Abroad Program
Clemson Senior Education Organization
Gamma Sigma Sigma