Dr. Barbara Vokatis
Dr. Barbara Vokatis is an Associate Professor in our department. She is a native of Poland. She completed her BA in English at Foreign Language Teachers College, Bielsko-Biala, Poland. She also holds two Master’s degrees: MA in English from the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland and MS in Literacy B-12, from University at Albany. She completed her doctoral studies in Reading (Literacy) through University at Albany.
Dr. Vokatis’s research and teaching addresses two innovative fields: children’s knowledge building across various disciplines in creative learning spaces and the development of online literacy clinic courses. She is also a self-published author in the area of dog therapy and co-creator of a new type of app, the Carmel App, that hosts her therapy dog books, children's games related to dog therapy, and a virtual way of experiencing dog therapy. The app also serves as a publishing house for other children's book authors.
With the expertise of teaching literacy clinics in various settings (on campus and in public school settings), she transferred them to an online format and sought grants to implement her course design to include the voices and expertise of classroom literacy coaches to augment her online clinic courses. As a result, SUNY Oneonta is the first campus in the SUNY system offering online literacy Master’s. She has also published articles in an international journal, Journal of Literacy Practice & Research, that reflect this complex process. In regards to the inquiry, she has published her research on the identity of innovative teachers who teach inquiry in an international journal focused on research on edge-cutting practices, Frontline Learning Research.
Her current research area involves innovative inquiry teaching and learning at the elementary level and learning in online literacy clinics, and children's experiences of dog therapy.
Courses taught by Dr. Barbara Vokatis
EDUC 235, Reading and Literacy I (Pre-methods, Undergraduate Level)
EDUC 641, Literacy Coaching and Assessment Practicum B-6 (Graduate Level)
EDUC 636, Literacy Coaching and Assessment (Graduate Level)
EDUC 631, Writing Process in Literacy programs (Graduate Level)
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