Publications

"Teaching, No Greater Call: Death to Reading Scriptures 'Round Robin' Style," The Exponent II, October 31, 2015.

Lindahl, K. M., & Watkins, N. M. (2015). Cultivating a culture of language awareness through professional development. TESOL Journal, 6(4), 777-789.

Watkins, N. M., & Ostenson, J. (2015). Navigating the text selection gauntlet: Exploring factors that influence English teachers’ choices. English Education, 47(3). 245-275.

Watkins, N. M., & Liang, L. A. (2014). The literature of literature anthologies: An examination of text types. Middle Grades Research Journal, 9(2), 57-72.

Lindahl, K. M., & Watkins, N. M. (2014). What’s on the menu?: Supporting academic language objectives for content-area teachers. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas. 87(5), 197-203.

Watkins, N. M., & Liang, L. A. (2014). Exploring the inconsistent labels and definitions of text used in informational reading and writing. Reading Psychology, 35(5), 1-17.

Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., & Day, D. (2013). Selecting quality nonfiction in the Common Core era. Reading Today, 31(2), 25-27.

Dole, J. A., Watkins, N. M., & Herman, K. (2013). Working with what works: Effective reading interventions for adolescents. The Utah Journal of Literacy, 16(1), 11-16.

Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., & Williams, V. S. (2013). A step towards global awareness: An examination of the primary grades USBBY outstanding international books. Journal of Children’s Literature, 39(1), 16-24.

Watkins, N. M. (2012). “It’s such a cool word!”: Reflections on in-depth vocabulary instruction in a middle school language arts classroom. Utah English Journal, 40, 5-8.

Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., Graves, M. F., & Hosp, J. (2010). Post-reading questioning and middle school students’ understanding of literature. Reading Psychology, 31(4), 347-364.

Watkins, N. M., & Lindahl, K. M. (2010). Right on target: Adapting content area literacy instruction to meet the needs of adolescent English language learners. Middle School Journal, 41(3), 23-32.

Dole, J. A., Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., & Wiggins, C. M. (2006). The state of reading professionals in the United States. The Reading Teacher, 60(2), 194-199.

Selected Presentations

Lindahl, K. M., & Watkins, N. M. (2016, April). Creating cultures of language awareness in content-based contexts. Session at TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD.

Liang, L. A., & Watkins, N. M. (2015, November). Exploring global literature & issues of cultural authenticity with middle & high school students. Session presented for the Utah Chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Watkins, N. M., & Walker, N. T. (2015, April). “I don’t know how to teach them to write”: A case study of a secondary science teacher incorporating disciplinary writing. Roundtable at American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., & Wilson, T. J. (2014, December). Instances of culturally diverse literature in basal readers & literature anthologies. Roundtable at Literacy Research Conference, Marco Island, FL.

Watkins, N. M., & Walker, N. T. (2014, December). We’re in this together: Literacy teacher educators’ journeys collaborating with content-area teachers about disciplinary literacy instruction. Roundtable at Literacy Research Conference, Marco Island, FL.

Walker, N. T., & Watkins, N. M. (2014, April). Transforming disciplinary literacy instruction through teacher study groups: Case studies of three secondary teachers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Watkins, N. M., & Walker, N. T. (2013, December). Exploring pre-service teachers' views of texts and their roles in the disciplines. Paper presented at Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Watkins, N. M., & Ostenson, J. (2013, November). The quest for the “perfect” book: English language arts teachers’ text selection processes. Poster session presented at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Watkins, N. M., & Walker, N. T. (2013, April). The poverty of identities: Exploring pre-service teachers’ tensions in a disciplinary literacy course. Poster session presented at American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Liang, L. A., Watkins, N. M., & Williams, V. S. (2012, November). Understanding the USBBY outstanding international book list: Trends and patterns of the first six years. Poster session presented at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Watkins, N. M., & Walker, N. T. (2012, August). Viewing disciplinary texts: Contradictions between pre-service teachers and disciplinary experts. Paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Learning, London, UK.

Watkins, N. M., & Liang, L. A. (2010, December). The lack of informational text in adolescent literature anthologies. Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

Liang, L. A., & Watkins, N. M. (2010, April). International children’s literature for the PreK-12 classroom: Critical issues and critical selection. Session presented at the International Reading Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL,

Watkins, N. M., & Lindahl, K. M. (2009, May). Meeting the language demands of English language learners through reading in the content areas. Paper presented at the International Reading Association Annual Co-Conference, Minneapolis, MN & Phoenix, AZ.

Lindahl, K. L., & Watkins, N. M. (2009, April). Skill level and openness to change: Examining practices among content-area teachers of adolescent English language learners. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Workshops 

Liang, L. A., & Watkins, N. M. (2015, November). Exploring global literature & issues of cultural authenticity with middle & high school students. Workshop given the Utah Chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Ostenson, J., & Watkins, N. M. (2012, October). Quick and efficient practice with informational texts. Workshop given at the Utah Chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Watkins, N. M. (2011, March). Informational Text: Defining It, Selecting It, & Teaching It. Professional Development for Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT.

Nelson, K. L., & Watkins, N. M. (2008, May). Teaching vocabulary to ALL K-3 students. Workshop given at the International Reading Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Watkins, N. M. (2004, October; 2005, February). Beyond the Glossary: Vocabulary Instruction for the Middle Grades. Professional Development for Gilbert Public Schools, Gilbert, AZ.

Courses Taught

Action Research Methods

Adolescent Literacy

Advanced Comprehension Instruction

Children's & Young Adult Literature

Content Area Literacy/Literacy in the Disciplines

Early Literacy Methods

Elementary Literacy Methods

Educating English Language Learners

Instruction & Management

Writing for Child Development Majors