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Dr. Jennifer VanSlander - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Dr. Jennifer Vanslander

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
Teacher Education, Leadership & Counseling

Academic Areas

  • Writing Instruction
  • Writer Identities
  • Literacy
  • Elementary Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Teacher/Administrator Self-Efficacy 


  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science (Elementary and Early Childhood)
  • Western Oregon University, Master of Science in Education (English as a Second or Other Language)
  • Auburn University, Doctor of Philosophy (Elementary Education) 


Dr. Jennifer VanSlander has over 20 years of experience in elementary education as a teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator.  Throughout her career, she has held various positions in Title I schools in Oregon and Alabama, serving linguistically and culturally diverse communities.  Dr. VanSlander has completed extensive graduate coursework in reading and ESOL instruction, and educational leadership.  Additionally, she has engaged in numerous professional development institutes at the Teachers College of Columbia University, and received substantial training in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)—April 2021
    VanSlander, J. L. (2020). Building teacher efficacy in writing through writing process-oriented professional development. Paper presented at AERA conference 2021, virtual.
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)—October 2020
    VanSlander, J. L. (2020). Transforming school-wide writing practices through professional development. Paper accepted, conference cancelled due to Covid 19.
  • Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA)—February 2020
    VanSlander, J. L. (2020). Building teacher efficacy in teaching writing. Paper presented at EERA conference, Orlando, FL.
  • American Reading Forum (ARF)—December 2019
    VanSlander, J. L (2020). Building teacher efficacy in writing through writing process-oriented professional development (preliminary). Paper presented at ARF conference, Sanibel, FL.
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