Dr. Wolfram Verlaan

Department Chair and Associate Professor, CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION


Dr. Wolfram Verlaan's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Texas A&M University, 2003
  • B.S., Systems Science, University of West Florida, 1984

Classes Taught


  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • ILA Special Interest Group (SIG): Specialized Literacy Professionals
  • Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • Alabama Reading Association

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Publishing Literati Network
  • Awards for Excellence for the chapter “Using Video-reflection with Pre-Service Teachers: A Cautionary Tale” published in Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation
  • International Reading Association’s 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award – Finalist
  • American Education Week’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Award for the UAH College of Education

Selected Publications

  • Verlaan, W.E. (2018). Through the mind’s eye: Using multi-modal assignments to build engagement and comprehension. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 61(4), 453 – 456. doi: 10.1002/jaal.696
  • Verlaan, W.E., Pearce, D., & Zeng, G. (2017). Revisiting Sticht: The changing nature of the relationship between listening comprehension and reading comprehension among upper elementary and middle school students over the last 50 years. Literacy Research and Instruction, 56(2), 176-197. doi: 10.1080/19388071.2016.1275070
  • Ortlieb, E., Cheek, Jr., E.H., & Verlaan, W.E. (Eds.) (2016). Literacy Research, Practice, and Evaluation: Vol. 7. Writing instruction to support literacy success. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.
  • Verlaan, W.E., Shull, M., Mims, M., & Nelson, G. (2016). Using portfolios and student-led conferences to increase student motivation and parental engagement. In E. Martinez, J. Pilgrim, D. Kern, E. Ortlieb, L. Sharp, & W. Verlaan (Eds.), What’s hot in literacy: 2016 Literacy Summit Yearbook (Vol. 2) (pp. 43-51). San Antonio: TX: Specialized Literacy Professionals and the Texas Association for Literacy Educators.
  • Verlaan, W.E., & Verlaan, S. (2015). Using video-reflection with pre-service teachers: A cautionary tale. In E. Ortlieb, L. Shanahan, & M. McVee (Eds.), Video reflection in literacy teacher education and development: Lessons from research and practice (pp. 151–171). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.
  • Verlaan, W.E., Ingraham, K., & Smith, J. (2014). “I’m a boy and I don’t like pink!”: The influence of book covers on male elementary students’ text selection. In E. Martinez, L. Sharp, J. Pilgrim, & P. Durham (Eds.), Texas Association for Literacy Education Yearbook Volume 2: Building momentum (pp.36-47). San Antonio, TX: The University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Verlaan, W.E., Ortlieb, E., & Verlaan, S. (2014). Developing argument writing through evidence-based responses to student-generated questions. Voices from the Middle, 21(3), 34-40.
  • O’Brien, J. & Verlaan, W.E. (2013). 500 years of Spanish exploration and settlement: Children’s literature. Social Education, 77(1), 28-31.
  • Verlaan, W.E., & Ortlieb, E. (2012). Reading while listening: Improving struggling adolescent readers’ comprehension through the use of digital audio recordings. In J. Cassidy, S. Grote-Garcia, E. Martinez, & R. Garcia (Eds.), What’s Hot in Literacy 2012 Yearbook (pp. 30-36). San Antonio, TX: The University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Verlaan, W.E. (2010). Making writing count: Writing as a means of improving mathematics learning. In J. Cassidy, S. Garrett, & M. Sailors (Eds.). Literacy Coaching: Research & Practice: 2009 CEDER Yearbook (pp. 179 - 198). Corpus Christi, TX: Center for Educational Development, Evaluation, and Research; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Education.