Faculty & Staff

Allison Baer, Ph.D.
Allison Baer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education & Team Leader for AYA, Middle Childhood and Multi-Age Licensure
Year started at UF: 2012
Contact Information
Office Location: 300 Davis Street 159
Telephone: 419-434-4460
Ph.D, Kent State University
M.Ed., Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University
  • Academic Credentials:

    Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
    Master of Education in Reading Specialization, Kent State University
    Bachelor of Science in Education with Specialization in Elementary Education & Classroom Teaching with Gifted, Kent State University


    Director, The Clubhouse Reading Program  The Clubhouse

    Associate Professor, University of Findlay – Present          

    Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, 2010 - 2011

    Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University, 2005 - 2010

    Instructor, Kent State University, 2004 - 2005

    Graduate Assistant and Teaching Fellow, Kent State University, 2003-2004

    English Language Arts Teacher, Warren City Schools, 4th, 6th, 8th grades -1996 - 2003

    English Language Arts Teacher, Youngstown City Schools, 4th, 5th, 6th grades - 1995 –1996


    2018 Philipps Award, College of Education, University of Findlay

    2011 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award

    “Negotiating Understanding through the Young Adult Literature of

    Muslim Cultures,” First author with Dr. Jackie Glasgow

    2006 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Affiliate Journal Award
    Honorable Mention
    Editor of OJELA (Ohio Journal of English Language Arts)
    Multiple Ways of Knowing in Content Classrooms: Content Literacy
    Volume 46, Number 1, Fall, 2005/Winter, 2006

    2005 Kent State University Student Leadership and Service Award

    2005 Recipient of ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English) Foundation Committee Funding for Dissertation Study

    2004 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Affiliate Journal Award Winner

    Editor of OJELA (Ohio Journal of English Language Arts)
    Celebrate Our Own Practices: The Magic of Teaching Revealed
    Volume 44, Number 1, Fall, 2003/Winter, 2004                    

    2004 Kent State University Student Leadership and Service Award

    2003 OCTELA (Ohio Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts
    Middle School Outstanding English Language Arts Teacher of the Year

    1997 National Writing Project at Kent State University, Fellow, Affiliate of the National
    Writing Project

    1996 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award - State of Ohio 

    Other Professional Recognitions:

    Director, The Clubhouse Reading Center, The University of Findlay – Present

    Editor, Reading Horizons, Western Michigan University, 2008 - 2011.

    Cohort Member, Faculty Leadership Academy, Office of Faculty Development, Western Michigan University.

    Howe, R. (Ed.). (2006). The quotable teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press. Contributor.

    Co-Editor, OJELA (Ohio Journal of English Language Arts), 2003 – 2006.



  • In the greater Findlay, Hancock County community, Dr. Baer is the Director of the Clubhouse Reading Center which supports area readers through small group and individual tutoring and reading motivation programs.  She is a member of the Literacy Coalition and works with area schools supporting their literacy programs.

    Professionally, she is an active member of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers attending and presenting at their yearly conferences.  She is also a Specialty Program Area (SPA) reviewer for the International Literacy Association and has edited three scholarly journals. 

    Dr. Baer has received honors from the UF College Education being awared the 2018 Philipps Award, the National Council of  Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Ohio Council of Teachers of English (OCTELA).  Her co-authored article titled, “Negotiating Understanding through the Young Adult Literature of Muslim Cultures," published in the English Journal, won the prestigious Virginia Hamilton Award.

    She advises the COE Student Exchange Program with the University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan taking Education students for a 3.5 week teaching experience to Fukui each May.

  • Chapters in Books:

    Baer, A. L. (2013). Invoking Walter Cronkite: Radio reading and the fluent reader. In T. V. Rasinski & N. Padak. From fluency to comprehension: Powerful instruction through authentic reading (pp. 121-128). New York: Guilford Press. 

    Baer, A. L. (2007). Children’s literature as a means of exploring African life. In J. Glasgow & L. Rice (eds.), Exploring African life and literature: novel guides to promote socially responsive learning. Newark, DE: International Reading Association. 

    Baer, A. L. (2005). The gang of five: There’s always room for one more in Howe’s misfits.  In J. Glasgow (ed.), Reading strategies for social themes in young adult literature (pp. 135-151). Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers. 

    Padak, N., & Baer, A. L. (2005). Language is like a puzzle: Word learning for young children. In J. Cassidy & C. Swift (Eds.), Developing vocabulary in children (pp.37-48). Corpus Christi, TX: CEDER. 

    Baer, A. L. (2002).  Living in an outsider society with S.E. Hinton.  In J. Glasgow (ed.), Using young adult literature: Thematic activities based on Gardner’s multiple intelligences (pp. 135-151). Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

    Refereed Journal Articles:          

    Baer, A.L. (2017). Beyond the Veil: Exploring Muslim Cultures through Children's Picture Books. OJELA,57(1), 23-29.

    Baer, A. L. (2012). Pairing Books for Learning: The Union of Informational and Fiction. The History Teacher, 45(2), 283-296.

    Baer, A. L. (2011). Diversions: Finding space to talk about young adult literature in a juvenile home. The ALAN Review, 38(3), 6-13.

    Glasgow, J. N., & Baer, A. L. (2011). Lives beyond suffering: The child soldiers of African wars. English Journal. 

    Baer, A. L., & Glasgow, J. N. (2010). Negotiating understanding through the young

    adult literature of Muslim cultures. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(1), 23-32. 

    Baer, A. L., & Glasgow, J. N. (2008). Take the bullies to task: Using process drama to make a stand. English Journal, 97, pp. 79 – 86.

    Baer, A. L. (2008). Creating a shared definition of good and bad writing through revision strategies. Middle School Journal, 39, 46 –53. 

    Baer, A. L., & Glasgow, J. N. (2007). The other apartheid in South Africa: Barriers to

    literacy and literature in a multilingual society. Michigan Reading Journal, 40, 7–15.          

    Baer, A. L. (2007). Constructing meaning through visual spatial activities. ALAN Review, 34, 21 – 29.

    Baer, A. L. (2005). Do you hear voices? A study in the symbolic reading inventory.

    Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49, 214-225.

    Baer, A. L. (2004). I Can, But I Won’t: A Study of Middle School Reading Engagement.

    Ohio Reading Teacher, 36, 27-36.

    Padak, N., Baer, A. L., Duncko, T., Baycich, D., Golden, S., & Moransky, M. (2004). 

    Ohio Reads: Lessons learned from successful schools. Ohio Reading Teacher, 36, 5-10.

    Baer, A. L., Baycich, D., Bransford, M. Cassidy, T., Duncko, T., Golden, S., Huffman,

    C., McConnell, B., Moransky, M., Padak, N., Rosler, B., White, T., (2004). An Analysis of the OhioReads Initiative: A Glimpse into High, Average, and Low Proficiency Schools. Columbus, OH: OhioReads Office.

    Invited Articles:

     Baer, A.L. (2013). Fear, pain, desperation, or joy?: The multigenre research project.

    Adolescent Literacy in Perspective. http://ohiorc.org/adlit/InPerspective/Issue/2014-03/Article/vignette3.aspx

    Baer, A.L. (2007, January). Simple poems, powerful teaching: Experiencing poetry in

    content-area classrooms. Adolescent Literacy in Perspective.


    Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, Vol. 22 (2016)

    Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, Vol. 21 (2015)

    Reading Horizons, 51.3 (Winter, 2011)

    Reading Horizons, 51.2 (Summer, 2011)

    Reading Horizons, 51.1 (Spring, 2011)

    Reading Horizons, 50.4 (Winter, 2011)

    Reading Horizons, 50.3 (Fall, 2010)

    Reading Horizons, 50.2 (Summer, 2010)

    Reading Horizons, 50.1 (Spring, 2010)

    Reading Horizons, 49.4 (Winter, 2009)

    Reading Horizons, 49.3 (Fall, 2009)

    Reading Horizons, 49.2 (Spring, 2009)

    Reading Horizons, 49.1 (Winter, 2009)

    Reading Horizons, 48.4 (Fall, 2008)

    Reading Horizons, 48.3 (Summer, 2008)