Denise McLurkin, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Education
Director, Undergraduate Programs for the School of Education
Elementary Education Major Coordinator

Office Phone: (951) 343-4486
E-mail: dmclurkin@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Yeager Center, B231
Office Hours: By appointment only. Please email me and I will send you a Zoom invitation.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph. D. Educational Studies/Literacy, Language & Cultures The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2006
M. A. Literacy Education The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1999
M. S. Counseling Psychology/M.F.C.C. California Baptist University 1997
B. A. Psychology The University of California, Irvine 1993
  • Additional Education

    California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
    Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate

  • Courses Taught

    EDU 101: Professional Educator Series: The Student Experience
    EDU 410: Elementary Methods (Undergraduate)
    EDU 510: Elementary Methods (Graduate)
    EDU 416: Pedagogical Approaches to Literacy Acquisition (Undergraduate)
    EDU 516: Pedagogical Approaches to Literacy Acquisition (Graduate)
    EDU 416L/516L: Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) workshop
    SPE 590: Diagnostic and Remedial Teaching of Reading

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    *Reading Disabilities
    *Interventions for students who struggle with literacy development
    *Adult Literacy Learners
    *Narrative Inquiry Research Methods
    *Self-Study Research Methods

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    *The City College of New York, New York, NY (assistant professor with tenure)
    *Madonna University, Livonia, MI (adjunct instructor)
    *The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (student teaching supervisor and GSRA)
    *Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA (elementary school teacher)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Selected Publications and Presentations:

    Kolman, J., Gellert, L., & McLurkin, D. L. (2017). Lifting gates and building skills: Preparing diverse candidates to pass new certification exams. In E. Petchauer & L. Mawhinney (Eds.), Teacher Education across Minority-Serving Institutions: Programs, Policies and Social Justice. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

    Kolman, J., Gellert, L., & McLurkin, D. L. (2017). Lifting gates and building skills: Preparing diverse candidates to pass new certification exams. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2013). Tutoring children with learning disabilities by minimally-trained volunteer tutors. The New Educator, 9(1), 346-360.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2011). The Family Learning Institute: Committed to improving the literacy skills of middle level learners. In K. F. Malu (Ed.), Voices from the middle: Narratives for, by and about the middle level community. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2013, April). "Please sound it out, Daddy!": Adult literacy learners’ children as their parents’ teachers. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2012, August). A self-study to improve my literacy autobiography assignment for students educated outside of the united states. Paper presentation at the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices Castle Conference in East Sussex, England.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2012, April). More than a reading level: A fuller picture of adult literacy learners. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

    McLurkin, D. L. (2011, May).“I’m just so embarrassed”: The difficulties with self-directed studying for an adult pre-emergent literacy learner. Paper presentation at the Narrative Research in Progress conference in Anchorage, Alaska

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Second Baptist Church, Riverside, CA

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Assisting recent college graduates with graduate school applications.
    Assisting high school graduates with undergraduate school application process, majors, minors, financial aid, etc.
    President of the Dr. William Babe McLurkin memorial scholarship

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Writing children's books
    Traveling
    Spending time with my family

  • Personal Philosophy

    1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
    "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."