Sarah Vander Zanden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education & Director, UNI Literacy Clinic
(319) 273-7270

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0612

Areas of Expertise: 

Critical Literacy
Elementary Literacy
Teacher Preparation
Discourse Analysis

Courses Taught: 

LITED 3147 Advanced Literacy Practices
LITED 3192 Experience in Literacy and Tutoring
LITED 6238 Advanced Assessment and Evaluation
ELEMCL 6201 Trends and Issues in Curriculum
LITED 1044 Children’s Literature
LITED 3140/3193 Assessment and Evaluation,
LITED 61212 Methods and Materials in Literacy Education

Research Interests: 

Spatialized literacy practices
Critical sociocultural theory
Critical Literacy

Selected Publications: 

Vander Zanden, S. & Wohlwend, K. (2011) Paying Attention to Procedural Texts: Critically Reading School Routines as Embodied Achievement, Language Arts, 88(5) 337-345.

Wohlwend, K., & Vander Zanden, S., Husbye, N., & Kuby, C., (2011) Navigating Discourses in Place in the World of Webkinz, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 11(2) 141-163.

Campano, G., Honeyford, M. A., Sanchez, L., & Vander Zanden, S. (2010). Ends in themselves: Theorizing the practice of university-school partnering through horizontalidad. Language Arts, 87(4): 277-286.

Professional Affiliations: 

Language and Social Processes SIG, AERA
ILA/ Alpha Upsilon Alpha


Indiana University, PhD
The George Washington University, MEd
University of Wisconsin, BS