Sohyun Meacham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education & Coordinator, Literacy Education
(319) 273-2760

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

Areas of Expertise: 


  • Language and Literacy Development in Classrooms 
  • The Reggio Emilia Approach
Courses Taught: 
  • LITED1044 Children's Literature
  • LITED3115 Methods of Teaching Early Literacy
  • LITED3119 Language Development and Emergent Literacy
  • LITED3121 Children's Literature for Diversity & Social Justice
  • LITED4140 Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy
  • LITED6212 Methods and Materials in Literacy Education
  • LITED6238 Advanced Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy Development
  • LITED6240 Language Development and Variability
  • LITED6245 Ideological, Cultural, and Sociopolitical Issues in Children's Literature
  • ELEMECML 4123 Methods of Teaching Visual and Performing Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom
  • CAP3121 Creativity and the Evolution of Culture 
  • INTDEPED7305 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
  • INSTTECH1031 Educational Technology and Design
  • INSTTECH4170 Supporting Learning with Dynamic Web Design
Research Interests: 

Language Development in Classrooms

Selected Publications: 
  • Meacham, S., & Almalki, S. (2019). Teachers’ interaction with a young child with ASD to support language and communication skills development: Comparing iPad and non-iPad use. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 10(2), 75-91. DOI: 10.20489/intjecse.506861
  • Meacham,S.,& Atwood-Blaine, D. (2018). Early childhood robotics with inspirations from Reggio Emilia educators. Science & Children, 56(3), 57-62.
  • Meacham, S., Meacham, S. J., Kirkland-Holmes, G., & Han, M. (2017). Preschoolers’ author-illustrator study on Donald Crews. The Reading Teacher, 70(6), 741-746. DOI: 10.1002/trtr.1579
  • Meacham, S. (2016). Preschoolers’ peer relationships and internally persuasive discourse. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction 9, 95-104. DOI: 016/j.lcsi.2016.02.004 
  • Meacham, S., Vukelich, C., Han, M., & Buell, M. (2016). Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' utterances in sociodramatic play. Early Education and Development, 27(3), 318-335. DOI:10.1080/10409289.2015.1057461 
  • Meacham, S., Vukelich, C., Han, M., & Buell, M. (2014). Preschool teachers’ questioning in sociodramatic play. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(4), 562-573. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.07.001 
Honors & Awards: 
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (University of Northern Iowa, Provost Office; Jan 2019)
Professional Affiliations: 
  • AERA
  • LRA
  • ILA

Ph.D., University of Delaware