Kathy Phillips, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education

Kathy Phillips is dedicated to teaching and working with the Elementary Teacher Education Program and the Inclusive Early Childhood Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL. Her expertise is in children's literature and early literacy acquisition and she has taught various courses in children's and adolescent literature. Phillips has developed and implemented Multiethnic Children’s and Adolescent Literature, an online course offered through UNL. Her doctoral work, which focused on the development of literature with a multicultural perspective, was completed at the University of Oklahoma.

Phillips has conducted several research studies in elementary classrooms in both the Lincoln Public Schools and rural settings, the results of which have been presented nationally. Classroom-based research has included examining how children develop an understanding of historical perspective; the development of critical thinking through literacy engagement; literacy acquisition in respect to environment; and teacher change. She is interested in further research related to children's literature.

Phillips has completed several studies with elementary aged children, combining social studies and literature. She has presented the results of several of these studies nationally. Additionally, she has worked with the Nebraska Department of Education school accountability grant.