University of Northern Colorado
School of Teacher Education
Campus Box 107
Greeley, CO 80639
- Ph.D., Literary Studies. University of Nevada, Reno.
- M.Ed., Elementary Education. State University of New York at Oswego, NY
- B.A., Public Relations. State University of New York at Oswego, NY
- University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Assistant Professor, Reading Education.
Responsibilities include: teaching graduate courses in reading methods, children’s
literature, writing methods and reading research and undergraduate courses in children’s
- University of Nevada, Reno, Instructor. Responsibilities included teaching graduate
and undergraduate children’s literature courses, graduate and undergraduate language
arts methods courses with practicum and practicum supervision, (2004-2009).
- University of Nevada, Reno. Teaching American History Project, Instructor. Responsibilities
included teaching courses in integrating history and literacy methods and American
History and Children’s Literature Book Clubs, (2006-2009).
- Bailey Charter Elementary School - Reno, NV. 5th grade Classroom Teacher (2003-2004)
- Pagosa Springs Intermediate School- Pagosa Springs, CO. 4 /5/6 Multi-grade Teacher,
Editor Colorado Reading Journal
Research/Areas of Interest
Multiliteracies, Multimodal Analysis, Visual literacy, Children’s Responses to Picturebooks,
Multigenre writing, Disciplinary Literacy, Literature Study Groups, and Reading aloud
- Brock, C. H., Youngs, S., Oikonomidoy, E., & Lapp, D. (2009). The case of Ying: The
members of a teacher study group learn about fostering the reading comprehension of
English language learners. In L. Helman, A. (Ed.), Literacy development with English learners: Research-based instruction in grades k-6. New York: Guilford Press.
- Serafini, F. & Youngs, S. (2008). More advanced lessons in comprehension: Expanding students’ understanding of all types of text. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
- Youngs, S., & Barone, D. (2007). Writing without boundaries: What’s possible when students combine genres. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
- "Using Student Learning as a Lens to Critique Pedagogy: A Retrospective Analysis of
a Graduate Student's Learning about Disciplinary Literacy” has been published in Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly (2014) Vol. 8, Issue 3, pages 254-275.
- Youngs, S. & Serafini, F. (2013). Discussing picturebooks across perceptual, structural,
and ideological perspectives. Journal of Language and Literacy.
- Youngs, S. (2012). Injustice and Irony: Students respond to Japanese-American internment
picturebooks. Journal of Children’s Literature (38)2
Honors and Awards
- 2014 Most Inspiring Woman of UNC
- 2014 Outstanding Service Provider Nominee
- 2012 Outstanding Scholar Nominee
- 2012 CCIRA All Star Presenter
- 2011Outstanding Scholar Nominee
- 2011 CCIRA All Star Presenter
- 2011Mortar Board Favorite Professor
- 2010 Favorite Faculty UNC Bears Faculty Appreciation Night