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Mary DeKonty Applegate, Ed.D.

Professor and Director of Graduate Reading
Office: Merion Hall 233

Mary DeKonty Applegate, Ed.D., is Professor of Education who came to Saint Joseph's in 1983 after teaching for ten years in basic education. She teaches literacy courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; she also serves as the Director of the Graduate Literacy Program.  She was a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1983, during her tenure at Lincoln University.  In 1993 she was selected as the Pennsylvania Teacher Educator of the Year. Her publications appear in leading reading and literacy journals.  She has been on the Editorial Review Board of The Reading Teacher since 2004 and is co-editor of the Literacy Leader Department in The Reading Teacher for the 2009 through 2011 volume years. Recent publications in The Reading Teacher include, “She’s my best reader, she just can’t comprehend”: a study of the relationship between fluency and comprehension and the assessment of thoughtful literacy in NAEP: why the states aren’t measuring up. She is co-author of The Critical Reading Inventory (2008). She is on the Editorial Review Board for Literacy Research and Instruction and is actively involved in leadership roles in the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. She has been the recipient of SJU awards for both teaching and research.