Jennifer R Kilpatrick

Assistant Professor • Deaf Education

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Kilpatrick's overarching research interests are the language and literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing (d/hh) students and the preparation and professional development of teachers of the deaf.  

Education

Ph.D. Education, The University of Tennessee 2015
Concentration: Literacy Studies
Cognate: Qualitative Research
Graduate Certificate: Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement
Dissertation: Developing a written language inventory for deaf and hard
of hearing students: A Systemic Functional Grammar approach.

 

M.Ed. Elementary Education, University of North Florida 2011
Concentration: Literacy
 

M.S. Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, The University of Tennessee 2008

 

Cert. Special Education, George Mason University 2006
Graduate Certificate: Visual Impairments Licensure
 

B.S. Special Education, Liberty University 2003

Concentrations: Special Education, Psychology

Biography

After completing a bachelors degree in Special Education at Liberty University, Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick began her education career teaching students with a wide range of low and high incidence disabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  She then obtained a masters in Deaf Education from the University of Tennessee while employed as a residential education supervisor at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.  She ultimately found her niche as a middle school Intensive Reading and Language Arts teacher at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB).  While teaching at FSDB, she completed an additional masters degree in Literacy at University of North Florida.  She left the classroom to accept a position as a research associate on a federally funded grant examining the efficacy of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction with d/hh students in Grades 3-5 and to obtain a PhD in Literacy Studies from The University of Tennessee.  As a research associate, she had the privilege of working with teachers of the deaf in listening and spoken language, total communication, and bilingual settings throughout more than 10 states.  Currently, her passion is the program evaluation and teacher training work she does at schools for the deaf throughout the beautiful, Caribbean nation of Haiti.  When not attached to a laptop, she can usually be found outside—watching sunrises, running half marathons, climbing mountains, paddling waters, and exploring new places. 

Awards

2011 UNF Outstanding Graduate Student in Literacy

 

2007 ETS Recognition of Excellence, Elementary Education: Content Knowledge

 

Honor Societies

 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Golden Key International Honour Society

 

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
 

Affiliations

American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

 

Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH)

 

International Literacy Association (ILA)

 

Literacy Research Association (LRA)
 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Erlich, S. & Kilpatrick, J.R. (March, 2016). A mixed-method, interdisciplinary study of Voicethread as a collaborative discussion tool for graduate students’ online education as analyzed by MAXQDA. Academic Technology Grants Program, $1,440.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. (December, 2015). University of North Florida Deaf Education Partnership with Haiti. UNF International Faculty Grants Program, $2,500.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. (December, 2015). University of North Florida Deaf Education Partnership with Haiti, COEHS Faculty International Travel Support Grants Program, $1,250.
 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

 

Dostal, H., Wolbers, K., & Kilpatrick, J. (accepted, April 2016). Differentiating writing instruction for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Writing & Pedagogy.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Graham, S., Kilpatrick, J., Saulsburry, R., & Branum-Martin, L. (under review, January 2016). Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction: An efficacy study in grades 3-5. Exceptional Children.

 

Wolbers, K.A., Dostal, H.M., Graham, S., Cihak, D, Kilpatrick, J. R., Saulsburry, R. (2015). The writing performance of elementary students receiving Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction, The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 20(4), 385-398. doi: 10.1093/deafed/env022.

 

Saulsburry, R., Kilpatrick, J., Wolbers, K.A., & Dostal, H. (2015). Getting students excited about learning: Incorporating digital tools to support the writing process. Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 16(1), 30-34.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R., Saulsburry, R., Dostal, H., & Wolbers, K. (2014). The integration of digital tools during Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction. In B. Anderson & C. Mims (Eds.), Digital Tools for Writing Instruction in K-12 Settings: Student perception and experience. (pp. 608-628). Hershey, PA: IG Global.

 

Kilpatrick, J. (2014). Visual and digital texts. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(7): 417-419.

 

Presentations

 

Kilpatrick, J.R., Wolbers, K., & Dostal, H. (2017, July). Using Experiential Metafunction Analysis: The Development a Written Language Assessment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Research presented at the meeting of the International Systemic Functional Congress, Bandung, Indonesia.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Kilpatrick, J.R., Graham, S., & Branum-Martin, L. (February, 2016). An efficacy study of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction in Grades 3-5. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York, New York.

 

Traetto, C., & Kilpatrick, K., (February, 2016). Mentoring a Developing Deaf Education Program: A Partnership with the Haiti Deaf Academy. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York, New York.

 

Traetto, C., & Kilpatrick, K., (February, 2016). Mentoring a Developing Deaf Education Program: A Partnership with the Haiti Deaf Academy. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York, New York.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R, & Hall, E., (February, 2016). Identifying the Roles and Responsibilities of Today’s Beginning Deaf Educators. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York, New York.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R, & Hall, E., (February, 2016). Between Words and Sentences: The Development of a Written Language Inventory for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, New York, New York.

 

Kilpatrick, J., Dostal, H., & Wolbers, K. (2015, December). The Co-construction of Text: A discourse analysis of interactive writing. Research presented at the meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Carlsbad, California.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. (2015, July). Functional Language Analysis: A New Approach to Language Instruction Planning for the Deaf Education Classroom. Research presented at the 22nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Athens, Greece.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H. Graham, S., Kilpatrick, J.R. & Saulsburry, R. (2015, July). The Language Zone in Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction. Research presented at the 22nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Athens, Greece.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. & Wolbers, K. (2015, March). A Different Approach: Using Systemic Functional Grammar to Explore the Written Language Development of Deaf Students. Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Lingustics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. & Hall, E. (2015, February). Preparing Deaf Educators for a Changing Field: Insights from First-Year Teachers. Research presented at the 41st meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Saulsburry, R., & Kilpatrick, J.R. (2015, February). Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction for Grades 3-5: Development, Implementation & Reflections. Research presented at the meeting of the 41st Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Dostal, H., Wolbers, K., Kilpatrick, J.R. & Saulsburry, R. (2014, December). The Use of Digital Tools During Writing Instruction: An exploration of teacher use after professional development. Research presented at the 63rd meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. & Saulsburry, R. (November 2014). 10 Apps that Support Reading and Writing. Presentation at the Statewide Workshop for Teachers, Parents, and Other Professionals Serving Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Nashville, TN.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Graham, S., Kilpatrick, J.R., & Saulsburry, R. (2014, April). A Functional Language Analysis of Deaf Students’ Writing: Implications for instruction. Research presented at the 41st meeting of the International Systemic Functional Congress, Mendoza, Argentina.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Graham, S., Kilpatrick, J.R., & Saulsburry, R. (2014, March). A Functional Language Analysis of Deaf Students’ Writing: Implications for instruction. Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon.

 

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., Kilpatrick, J.R., Saulsburry, R., & Graham, S. (2014, February). Linguistically Diverse Writers and Development with Type of Writing. Research presented at the meeting of Writing Research Across Borders, Paris, France.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R., Saulsburry, R., Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., & Graham, S. (2014, February). Exploring Connections between Professional Development and the Integration of Digital Tools during Writing Instruction. Research presented at the 40th meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Washington, D.C.

 

Kilpatrick, J.R. (2013, December) When Delays Persist Despite Intervention: Exploring the Language and Literacy Development of one Deaf Student. Research presented as part of an alternative format session entitled Who is a ‘Struggling Reader’: A Collection of Case Studies at the 63rd meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, Texas.

 

Dostal, H., Wolbers, K., Saulsburry, R., Kilpatrick, J.R., McGrath, M., & McCormick, C. (2013, February). An Examination of Third through Fifth Grade Students’ Word- and Sentence-Level Writing Skill Development. Research presented at the 39th meeting of the Association of College Educators of the Deaf, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

KilpatrickContact Information

Building 57, Room 3507

(904) 620-5286

jrkilpatrick@unf.edu