Areas of Expertise
University of North Carolina
M.Ed. Educational Leadership
B.S. Elementary Education
Dr. Wanda Hedrick taught middle school in North Carolina for seven years. After receiving her Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill she began teaching literacy courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio and moved to the University of North Florida in 2003.
Dr. Hedrick’s research interests revolve around understanding how to help students with reading difficulties. She has published a book, Instructional strategies for teaching content vocabulary grades 4-12, authored and coauthored several book chapters, and has written articles in such journals as Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Teacher, Middle School Journal, Reading, Research and Instruction, and Reading Psychology. She served as a column editor for Voices from the Middle for several years. Her most recent work with her colleagues, Drs. Lunetta Williams and Katrina Hall, has been the development of an observational instrument to measure reading engagement during in school independent reading.