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Phillip Wilder

Associate Professor-Literacy

Office: 404F
Phone: Dept 864-656-7645
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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 youth literacies. His research explores how youth use writing to develop a sense of self and contribute towards more compassionate communities. Dr. Wilder prioritizes educational partnerships which leverage research as a tool for responsive teaching, addressing policy, building consensus across stakeholders, and tackling critical issues inhibiting more humanizing schools and communities.

Courses Taught

EDLT 4800: Foundations in Adolescent Literacy

EDLT 4980: Secondary Content Area Reading

EDLT 8100: Foundations in Literacy

EDLT 8200: Action Research for Literacy Coaching

EDLT 8210: Practicum for Literacy Coaching

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

EDLT 8290: Reflective Instructional Coaching

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

Research Interests

Youth Writing
Disciplinary Literacies
Instructional Coaching
School-University Partnerships