Dinah Volk, PhD
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 354
 Phone: 216-523-7101
 Fax: 216-687-5379
 Email: D.VOLK@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 354, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
bilingual language use; literacy; family involvement; culturally responsive teaching in early childhood classrooms
 
Education:
B.A., Sociology, Brandeis University, 1968
M.S., Education, Bank St. College of Education, 1973
Ph.D., Education, New York University, 1984
 
Brief Bio:
Dinah Volk is a Professor in the Early Childhood Program, College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University. Between 1991 and 2006 she was program coordinator. Dr. Volk teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including the Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods in Early Childhood Education, and the Seminar in Early Childhood Education. Her research interests focus on the language and literacy of young bilingual children in school, home, and community settings; family involvement in young children's learning with a special interest in sibling teaching; and culturally responsive teaching in early childhood classrooms. Her work has been published in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Young Children, Research in the Teaching of English, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. She has been a classroom teacher at preschool and primary levels in the U.S. and Latin America.
 
Honors and Awards:
Professional leave, 2009-2010 academic year

Merit award, CSU: 02, 05, 12, 14
Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, CSU, 2011

Outstanding Americans, 98
Who's Who Among American Teachers, 98
Title VII Fellow (New York University, 1978-1981)
Phi Delta Kappa (New York University, 1981)
Phi Beta Kappa (Brandeis University, 1968)
 
Creative and Activities:
Organizer, "Diversity, Equity and Teaching for Social Justice in Universities and K-12
Schools: A Day to Examine Issues, Challenges, and the Importance of Engaging in the
Process"; with Dr. Gloria Boutte and Dr. Susi Long, University of South Carolina,
Columbia SC; February 2, 2009.
Developer, Introduction to Early Childhood Education as a hybrid elearning course.
 
Research Interests:
Dinah Volk's research interests focus on the language and literacy of young bilingual children in school, home, and community settings, family involvement in young children's learning with a special interest in sibling teaching, and culturally responsive teaching in early childhood classrooms. She is completing a study of children in an ESL (English as a Second Language) first grade and their literacy interactions at home and in community settings and is working with colleagues on a grant to study culturally responsive teaching. In addition, she is completing an action research project on kidwatching and culturally responsive teaching conducted in her methods class.
 
Teaching Areas:
history, approaches, and special topics in early childhood education
teaching methods in early childhood education
 
Professional Affiliations:
Phi Delta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa
American Educational Research Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National/Ohio/Lorain County Association for the Education of Young Children
United Kingdom Literacy Association
 
Professional Experience:
Visiting Professor; Early Childhood Program, Department of Curriculum and
Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, NY; 9/13-12/13
Visiting Fellow; Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of
London, London, England; 10/99-12/99
Professor, Early Childhood Education Program, Department of Teacher Education, CSU; 9/87-
present.
Temporary Graduate Faculty member, Department of Elementary Education, University of
Akron; Akron, OH; 1/87-5/87.
Senior Project Associate, Cross-Cultural Demonstration Project, Institute for Urban and
Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; NYC, NY; 1982-1985.
Project Associate/Instructor, Bilingual Education Program, Graduate Division, Bank Street
College of Education; NYC, NY; 1980-1982.
Head Teacher, Great Northern Children's Center (2-5yr.olds); NYC, NY; 1975-1977.
Head Teacher, East Harlem Block Schools (1st-2nd gr.); NYC, NY; 1974-1975.
Teacher, Ministerio de Educación (2-4 yr. olds); Santiago, Chile;1972-1973.
Teacher/Adminstrator, New London County Free School (1st-2nd gr.); New London, CT; 1971-
1972; 1973-1974.
Assistant Teacher, Manhattan Country School (1st-2nd gr.); NYC, NY; 1970-1971.
 
University Service:
Coordinator, Early Childhood Program; 91-06.

Organizer/Coordinator, Faculty Diversity Self-Study Group/Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity/Dean's Diversity Council; 9/07-present.
Community Learning Center Advisory Committee, F 06-present.
Personnel Review Committee; 1993-1994; 95-98; F 06.
Chair, Child Care Center Advisory Committee; Sp 05-Sp 06
Teacher Education Council; Sp 00-Sp 06; F 11-present (Chair, F12-present)
University Curriculum Committee; 9/00-8/02.
University Research Council; 3/98-10/00.
Teacher Education Model Committee; W-Sp 96.

Search Committee, Art Education position; F 04-W 05, F 05.
Search Committee, Early Childhood clinical position, Chair, F 05.
Search Committee, Early Childhood term position, Chair, F 04-Sp 05.
Search Committee, Early Childhood position, Member, F 02-Sp 03.
Search Committee, Early Childhood position; Chair; F 00-Sp 01.
Search Committee, Department Chair, Teacher Ed.; Co-Chair; W 99-Sp 00.
 
Professional Service:
Member, Elementary Section Steering Committee, NCTE, 9/12-present.
Chair, Early Childhood Education Assembly, National Council of Teachers of English, 11/13-
   present.
Assistant Chair/Program Planning Committee Chair, Early Childhood Education Assembly,
   National Council of Teachers of English, 11/11-present.
Treasurer, Early Childhood Education Assembly, National Council of Teachers of English,
   11/08-11/11.
Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Special Issue on syncretism,
   8/11-3/13 (with Gregory & Long).
Member, Editorial Board, Early Years: An International Journal of Research and
   Development, 12/10-present
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy;11/99-present.
Member, Editorial Advisory Team, Literacy, Journal of the United Kingdom Literacy
   Association (IRA affiliate); 5/99-present.
Member, Editorial Group, Goldsmiths Journal of Education; 10/99-05.
Member, Center Professional Development & Accreditation-Goal 3 Subcommittee, Invest in
   Children, Cuyahoga County; 12/06-present.
Member, Universal Pre-K Taskforce & Professional Development Committee, Cuyahoga County;
   3/06-9/06.
Developer & Trainer of trainers, Pre-K/K State Institutes for Reading Instruction Program
   (Early Childhood Quality Network), Module 4: Oral Language and Early Literacy; 1/06-
   7/06.
Consultant, Project LEAPS, COEHS; 11/04-1/06.
Treasurer, Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group, American Educational
   Research Association; 4/03-4/06.
Member, Reggio Emilia Study Group, Lorain County SERRC; 2/03-6/03.
Member, Interdisciplinary Research and Early Language/Literacy Development Group; greater
   Cleveland area; 11/00-6/02.
Member, International Network of Scholars, Center on School, Family, and Community
   Partnerships, Johns Hopkins University; 6/98-present.
Faculty Associate, Urban Child Research Center, Cleveland State University; 8/93-6/01.
Research Affiliate, Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language
   Learning, University of California, Santa Cruz. 4/93-97.
 
Community Service:
Member, Universal PreKindergarten Task Force (& Professional Development Sub-Committee);
   Cuyahoga County/Invest in Children; Sp 06-F 06.
Member, Northeast Ohio Regional Articulation group; Starting Point/State of Ohio; 2000-
   2004.
Member, Reggio Higher Education Committee; Reggio exhibit; State of Ohio; 2000-2002.
Member, Reggio Professional Development Committee, Oberlin Early Childhood Center/Reggio
   exhibit, Oberlin, OH; 2000-present.
Vice Chair & Board Member, Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Oberlin, OH; 1997-present.
 
Research Grants:
NCTE Executive Committee; 2013-2017; $100,000; Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant
   Teaching. (w/ Long, López-Robertson, Miller, & Souto-Manning)
M.H. Jennings Foundation Open Grant; 2012; $17,600; Differentiated Instruction at the
   Campus International School. (w/ Gove & Still)
Engaged Learning Grant/CSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement,CSU; 2010;
   $5,064.00; Home and Community Literacies of Young English Language Learners.
Engaging Diversity Grants of Excellence, Division of Institutional Diversity, CSU; 2010;
   $3,000; Home and Community Literacies of Young English Language Learners.
Established Full-Time Faculty Research Development fund(EFFRD), University Research
   Council, CSU; 2002; $13,708; Peer and Teacher Strategies for Second Language and
   Literacy Development in a Dual Language Program (w/ D. Gunawardena & M. Angelova)
OhioReads Summer Grant Program (summers of 2000 & 2001), Department of Education, State
   of Ohio; 2000; $29,844; El Barrio Reading Club (w/ M. de Acosta, Urban Child Research
   Center, College of Urban Affairs & D. Stuart)
EFFRD fund, University Research Council, CSU; 1997; $9,902; Networks of Support for the
   Development of Literacy in Young Puerto Rican Children (w/ M. de Acosta)
Faculty Associates Program Funds, Urban Child Research Center, CSU; 1994; $2250; An
   Ethnographic Study of the Language Socialization of Young Bilingual Children.