National Board Certified/Early Adolescence ELA
Dr. Latwayla Knowlton is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education. She joined the Arkansas State University Faculty as an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in 2017. For 14 years, she taught middle-school Reading and English Language Arts in the public-school sector. She also served as a district 4-12 Literacy Coach for two years. Dr. Knowlton received her B.S. from Arkansas State University (2002), M.S. from Arkansas State University (2003), and an Ed.S from Arkansas State University (2010). She received a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D) in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with a Reading concentration from the University of Memphis.
Dr. Knowlton’s primary research interest are in the field of critical literacy, disciplinary literacy, preservice teachers and teacher candidates, and closing the Literacy Gap for culturally diverse students. Specifically, she is interested in student identity in relations to reading achievement, critical pedagogies, and the beliefs, values, and conceptualizations of prospective teachers in relation to culturally diverse students, especially related to literacy and learning.
Dr. Knowlton resides with her family in Jonesboro. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.