University of Mobile Professor Karen Dennis Published in National Journal

Kathy Dean Education, News

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Karen Dennis, assistant professor of education at University of Mobile, has had an article published in “Dimensions of Early Childhood,” a journal of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)

Dennis is the reading specialist and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning at the University of Mobile and has 21 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and reading coach.

Her article, titled “Innovative Strategies for Joyful Learning in a Higher Education Early Childhood Education Program,” explains how the School of Education at UM redesigned a course to focus on teaching with an integrated approach based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

“The new course creates a venue for implementing UDL strategies in fun, innovative ways while keeping with research-based, pedagogical standards,” Dennis said.

“Overall, this course offered at University of Mobile has shown promise in delivering a program that prepares teacher candidates to deliver a well-rounded education while sharing the joy of teaching and learning,” said Dennis.

According to SECA, “Dimensions of Early Childhood” is a nationally recognized peer-reviewed journal. It includes articles and information of interest to early childhood professionals and translates “research into practice,” making the latest research and early childhood data accessible to teachers and persons working in early childhood classrooms.


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University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.