Faculty Profiles

Janet K. Outlaw

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Literacy Studies

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Email: jkoutlaw@usf.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Janet K. Outlaw is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida. She is a three-time graduate of NC State University, where she received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with a concentration in Literacy and ELA. She served as a leadership team member for Wolfpack WORKS, which provided early-literacy-specific professional development for beginning K-2 teachers across 15 high-need districts in North Carolina. She is also a former elementary and high school teacher, having taught in both rural and urban school communities. Her areas of expertise include teacher education, dialogic pedagogy, community-engaged literacy, children’s literature, and early literacy, with an emphasis in discourse, comprehension, and writing. 
Dr. Outlaw’s teaching and scholarship synergistically focus on community-engaged literacy teacher education. From a participatory ideology, she explores dialogic pedagogy in primary ELA through multicultural children’s literature. Within those dialogic spaces, she is interested in the ways teachers co-construct knowledge with children through discourse, reader-text interactions, and writing practices. She supports teachers in creating ELA curricula with student funds of knowledge, to facilitate a dialogue of cultural plurality and knowledge diversity in early literacy communities. Applying critical participatory research methodologies, she examines how dialogic literacy communities can empower children to reimagine and rewrite their future worlds.