Faculty Bios - Fran Levin

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    Fran Levin
    Co-Chair, Associate Professor
    Academic Director of New Pathways

    Email: flevin@njcu.edu
    Phone: (201) 200-2409
    Office: P-345
    Specializations: Early, elementary, and secondary literacy; supervision and administration of reading programs 



    Ed.D., Learning and Teaching Multicultural Literature, Rutgers University
    M.A., Psychology, Temple University
    B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Rutgers University


    Dr. Fran Levin has been a member of New Jersey City University’s faculty since 1996. She is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and presently the Co-Chair of the Literacy Education Department. Dr. Levin earned her doctorate from Rutgers University with a concentration in Learning and Teaching and Multicultural Literature. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology of Reading from Temple University and an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education from Rutgers University.

    At NJCU, Dr. Levin teaches courses, both undergraduate and graduate in early literacy, elementary literacy, secondary literacy and administration and supervision of reading programs. She has written several courses for the Literacy Education Department and has developed the only online course that the department offers. Dr. Levin also created the America Reads program at NJCU in 2000. She trained tutors to work with students, created partnerships with P.S. 34 and P.S. 38 and saved the university thousands of dollars because the federal government provided funding for the tutors under the Work Study program. Dr. Levin served as a Professor – In – Residence in Hoboken and will be teaching on off-site course in Union City in January, 2013.

    Dr. Levin also spent a year and a half as Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. In that role, she helped the Vice President in a variety of capacities, attending meetings on her behalf, communicating with other colleges and creating NJCU’s presence at the Communiversity in Wall Township.

    Since 2005, Dr. Levin has been the Academic Director of New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) , the alternate route teaching preparation program that partners with the community colleges within the state of New Jersey. In that position, she is Chair of the Curriculum Committee and regularly advises students, troubleshoots for the community college Liaisons She is also in charge of the creation and administration of the NPTNJ Capstone Conference, a conference that has had up to 400 attendees.

    Dr. Levin has been a member of the New Jersey Expert Reading Team and the Best Practices Committee for the State Alternate Route Program. She is also a member of the PARCC subcommittee working on the new Common Core Standards for the 46 states that have now adopted the new standards. Dr. Levin was a member of the Governor’s Early Literacy Task Force, member of the Publications Committee for the International Reading Association, and a member of the “Notable Books for a Global Society” committee.                

    Dr. Levin was responsible for writing the course, Introduction to Teaching, for the NJDOE that is being used throughout New Jersey in order for candidates to receive a Certificate of Eligibility in preparation for teacher preparation. She was also part of the committee that wrote the 45 hour course, Language Arts/Literacy for Alternate Route Teachers, that is being taught to Elementary School Teachers throughout the state. She has been instrumental in working with the NJ Department of Education on a variety of projects and committees.

    Dr. Levin also served as President of the New Jersey Reading Association for two terms. In that capacity, she created and was Editor of the Journal for Teaching Reading in New Jersey. She also traveled the state, providing presentations and keynote addresses for various groups. She developed professional development programs called “Literacy and Latte”, partnering with Barnes and Noble stores throughout New Jersey.

    Dr. Levin has presented many workshops and professional development programs throughout New Jersey and New York. She has presented at the International Reading Association many times throughout her career, and has presented at the New Jersey Reading Association, Rutgers University, Kean University, Fordham University, etc.

    In terms of scholarly achievements, Dr. Levin has published articles in The Reading Teacher, and the New Jersey Reading Journal.  She published a chapter in the book, “Multicultural Issues in Literacy: Research and Practice in 2003.  More recently, she co-authored a book called “Guide for the Alternate Route Teacher”, published by Pearson Publishers in 2008 and revised in 2012.  She is also the author of “Introduction to Teaching”, also published by Pearson.

    Dr. Levin is presently working on the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate major within the Literacy Education Department. This major, called Interdisciplinary Studies/Literacy Studies will provide a well-rounded experience in a variety of important disciplines and 30 credits in Literacy that will prepare our teacher candidates to be better teachers who are more knowledgeable and better prepared to meet the challenges of teaching.

    Select Publications / Presentations

    Levin, F. A., & McCullough, M. A. (2012). Guide for alternate route teachers: Strategies for literacy development, classroom management, and teaching and learning, K-12 (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

    Levin, F. A. (2010). Introduction to Teaching: A guide for New Jersey’s Alternate Route Teachers. Boston, MA: Pearson.

    Levin, F. A, Smith, M. W., & Strickland, D. S. (2003). Pitfalls and potential: Multicultural literature and teacher study groups. In A. I. Willis, G. E. Garcia, R. Barrera, V. J. Harris (Eds.), Multicultural Issues in Literacy Research and Practice (pp. 244-268). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.