April Blakely, Ed.D.

April Blakely, Ed.D.

Associate Professor and Director of COE Online Learning


  • B.S. East Tennessee State University
  • MAT East Tennessee State University
  • Ed.D. East Tennessee State University

Research/Academic Interests

  • Educational technology
  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Leadership change theory and practice


Dr. Blakely has co-authored book chapters including:
  • Shepperson, T., & Blakely, A. (2015). Mapping problems to solutions: Logic modeling in a graduate teacher leadership course. In S. Wisdom (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Advanced Critical Thinking. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Her work can be found in several journals including:
Scholarly books:
  • Blakely, A. (2011). Preventing the extinction of university laboratory schools: Surviving and thriving. Germany: VDM.
  • Blakely, A. (2012). Curriculum Guides - Elem. & Middle Grades Teacher Education. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Blakely, A. (2012). Teacher Education Career Paths. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators (ALER), Business Manager/Treasurer
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE)
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Associate Professor
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant Professor
  • University Laboratory School at East Tennessee State University, Instructor/Lead Faculty
  • Aiken County, South Carolina Public Schools, Middle Grades Teacher


  • Blackboard World Catalyst Award for Teaching (2019)
  • University Laboratory School Teacher of the Year (2007)
  • East Tennessee State University Collaboration Award (2006)
  • Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in EA/ELA (1999)