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Suzette Youngs, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Literacy Education

School of Teacher Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Mailing Address
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

Professional/Academic Experience

  • 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 literature. (2009-Present)
  • 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, (1995-2003)

Other Experience

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

Publications/Creative Works

  • 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