Margaret-Mary Dowell

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell  


Literacy & Urban Education
Director, LSU Writing Project
Coordinator, Grades 1-5 Teacher Education Program
National Board Certified Teacher – Early Adolescence/English Language Arts
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.A.  Secondary English, minor Women's Studies, University of Northern Iowa, 1979
Master's Degree: Reading Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1989
PhD: Education, with an emphasis in Literacy Studies, University of Iowa, May 1999
Phone: (225) 578-5998
Fax: (225) 578-9135
Office: 220 Peabody Hall


Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell is Professor, Literacy and Urban Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Her research agenda includes three strands focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically the complexities of literacy leadership, providing access to literature, writing, and the arts, and service-learning as a pathway to preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy authentically in urban environs. Sulentic Dowell is a career educator, spending the majority of her 20 year public school teaching experience in Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, and most recently, serving public education as Assistant Superintendent of 64 elementary campuses in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. Sulentic Dowell has been nationally and regionally recognized for her scholarship and teaching. She was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education from the Gulf South Summit (2014); she received the LSU Outstanding Faculty Service Learning Award (2013), she was named LSU Flagship Faculty (2012), and was recipient of the (LSU) College of Education’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2012). In addition she was named recipient of The Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching Award” in 2007. The University of Southern Mississippi named her an Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow (2001), and she was finalist for the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (2000).


Selected Publications

Bickmore, D. & Sulentic Dowell, M-M. (2015). A case study of middle grades leadership in a conversion charter school. NASSP Bulletin, 91(1), 43-69.

Sulentic Dowell, M-M. & Bickmore, D. (2015). Guest Editors’ Introduction: The Promises of Charter Schools. Equity & Excellence in Education, 48(1), 1–21.

Bickmore, D. L., & Sulentic Dowell, M-M. (2014). Two charter school principals’ engagement in instructional leadership. Journal of School Leadership,24(5), 842-881.

Saal, L. & Sulentic Dowell, M-M. (October 2014). Literacy lesson from an adult burgeoning reader. Journal of adult and adolescent literacy, 58(2), 135-145.)

Bickmore, D., Bickmore, S. & Sulentic Dowell, M-M. (January 2013). Initiating a Writing Revolution in Your School. Principal Leadership Magazine, 13(5) 34-38.

Sulentic Dowell, M-M. (2012). Addressing the complexities of literacy and urban teaching in the United States:  Strategic professional development as intervention. Teaching Education, v 23(1), 40-49.

Selected Presentations

2015, December. Literacy Research Association. 1) An Investigation of the A+ Model of Arts Integration:  Case Study of the Impact of Arts Integration on Writing Instruction; 2) Crafting Imagined Selves:  De-mystifying the Submission and Revision Process of Scholarly Academic Writing for PhD Candidates, Novice Researchers, and New Scholars. Carlsbad, CA.

2015, November. National Writing Project. “Adaptations/Innovations to the Invitational Institute: What’s New and What’s Working.” Minneapolis, MN.

2015, October. National Association of Multicultural Education. “Considerate Phonics: Re -evaluating the Phonics we Use and the Phonics we Teach.” New Orleans, LA.

2015, July. International Reading Association. 1). “University – School Partnerships in Writing: The Louisiana State University Writing Project at Work;” 2) “District Literacy Leadership Praxis:  Transforming Practice through Leadership;” 3) “Literacy Leadership Committee Panel Discussion.” St. Louis, MO.
2015. April. American Educational Research Association. “Academic service-learning as pedagogical tool and strategy to promote critical thinking among pre-service teachers.” Chicago, IL.


Selected Grants/Funded Projects

National Writing Project, Louisiana State University Writing Project High Needs Grant 2014-2015. Submitted April 10, 2014. (Principal Investigator) [$20,000].

National Writing Project, Louisiana State University Writing Project Teacher Leadership Development SEED Grant 2014-2016. Submitted February 1, 2014. (Principal Investigator) [$20,000].

East Baton Rouge Parish School System. “East Baton Rouge Parish School System Louisiana State University College of Education Professional Development Writing Initiative Partnership (EBRPSS LSU COE PDWIP)” Submitted September 3, 2010. (Principal Investigator) [$70,000.00].

The LSU/SU Pilot Professional Development Project (PPDP) at Louisiana State University, a Board of Regents LaSIP grant. 2009-2012. (Co-Investigator) Submitted June 15, 2009. [$956,344.50].

Professional/Community Service

Guest Co-Editor, special issue on Teacher Quality around the World, Childhood Education, 2016

Editor, Literacy & Social Responsibility eJournal, IRA/SIG, (2009-14) transition co-editor 2014

Associate Editor, Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices, v1, 2013-14

Guest Co-Editor, special issue on Charter Schools, Excellence in Education, spring, 2015

Editorial Review Board, The Reading Teacher, 2005-2016

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adult & Adolescent Literacy, 2007-2016