Emily Zuccaro PhD

Emily Zuccaro, PhD

Associate Professor


  • B.A. Elementary Education, University of Iowa
  • M. Ed Instructional Leadership, Sam Houston State University
  • Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville

Research/Academic Interests

  • Reading and writing in elementary classrooms
  • Children’s literature
  • Multilingual learning
  • Cultural and linguistic responsive teaching
  • Preservice teacher literacy education


Dr. Zuccaro’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Zuccaro, E.L. & Mullins, R. (2022). Documenting Inequities: Social Action Research and Augmented Reality. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 364-366). San Diego, CA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Zuccaro, E.L., Yow, S., & Mullins, R.D. (2020). The Quality Literature Quadrant (QLQ): A reflective tool for examining stereotypes in texts. Pedagogicon Conference Proceedings, 4.
  • Adams, K., Zuccaro, E.L., & McCardle, J. (Nov/Dec 2020). Fact or fiction: Developing graphic novels for science. Science Scope, 44(2), 40-46.
  • Whitmore, K.F., Angleton, C., & Zuccaro, E.L. (2016) Picturebooks and Gender: Making informed choices for equitable early childhood classrooms. Mid-South Literacy Journal, 2(1), 14-20.
She has also co-authored books and book chapters including:
  • Miller, C., McCardle, T., Zuccaro, E.L. & Worlds, M. (2021). “Beyond the managerial and bureaucratic: Developing teacher leaders for social justice.” In N. Bond (Ed.), The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact (2nd ed.). Kappa Delta Pi.
  • Zuccaro, E.L. (2020). Positioning students as writers: A discourse analysis in teacher education. In M. Overstreet & L. Norton-Meier (Eds.), Clinical partnerships in urban elementary settings: An honest celebration of the messy realities in the preparation of teachers (pp. 93-113). Netherlands: Brill Publisher.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Kentucky Reading Association (KRA)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)


  • Zuccaro, E.L. (2020). Critical Literacy and Social Action in Children’s Literature. Quality Enhancement Plan Leadership Grant. Funded.