Overview

Dr. Shirley Lefever joined the faculty at Wichita State in 2005. In 2013 she was named Interim Dean for the College of Applied Studies (formerly College of Education) and the following year took over as Dean. In her role as the dean of the college, Dr. Lefever supports and promotes high quality educational programs, research, and service within the college. 

Information

Academic Interests and Expertise

Education:

Ph.D. Kansas State University, 1991
Curriculum and Instruction

M.S. Ed. Kansas State University, 1988
Curriculum and Instruction/Reading, K-9

B.S. Kansas State University, 1984
Elementary Education

Academic Interests:

  • Literacy acquisition and development
  • Professional Development Schools
  • Teacher preparation
Publications

Jack, A., McDowell, K., & Lefever-Davis, S. (2017). “Curriculum as a reflection of teacher self-efficacy.” In F. Bowles & C. Pearman (Eds.), Enhancing Self-Efficacy in Action: Case Studies for Teacher Candidates.  Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Jack, A. & Lefever-Davis, S. (2016).  Making an Impact: A description of a collaborative partnership between a university teacher preparation program and an urban school district.  Proceedings from the 2016 World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Lefever-Davis, S., & Pearman, C., (2015) Reading, Writing, and Relevancy:  Integrating the 3Rs into STEM The Open Communication Journal, 9(1),45-52

Pearman, C. & Lefever-Davis, S. (2011). Roots of Attrition:  Reflections of Teacher Candidates in Title 1 Schools.  Critical Questions in Education Online Journal. Academy for Educational Studies. Missouri State University

Lefever-Davis, S., Johnson, C., & Pearman, C. (2007). Two Sides of a Partnership: Egalitarianism and Empowerment in School–University Partnerships. Journal of Educational Research. Heldref Publications

Lefever-Davis, S. (2006). Collaborative visioning: Hearing the voices of faculty. Originally posted on American Council on Education website. Article no longer an active link.  http://www.acenet.edu/resources/chairs/

Pearman, C. & Lefever-Davis, S., (2006).  Supporting the essential elements with interactive CD-ROM storybooks.  Reading Horizons, 46(4), 301-313

Lefever-Davis, S., & Pearman, C. (2005). Early Readers and Electronic Texts: CD-ROM Storybook Features that Influence Reading Behaviors. The Reading Teacher. 58(5).4-10

Lefever-Davis,S., Wilson, C., Moore, E., Kent, A., Hopkins, S. (2004). Teacher study groups: A strategic approach to promoting students’ literacy development.  Reprinted for publication in Preparing Reading Professionals: A Collection from the International Reading Association. International Reading Association: Newark, DE

Lefever-Davis,S., Wilson, C., Moore, E., Kent, A., Hopkins, S. (2003). Teacher study groups: A strategic approach to promoting students’ literacy development.  The Reading Teacher. 56(8). 782-784

Lefever-Davis, S. & Heller, M. (2003)  Literacy partnerships in education.  The Reading Teacher. 56(6). 566-568

Lefever-Davis, S. (2002). The preparation of tomorrow’s reading teachers. The Reading Teacher. 56(2).196-197

McGee, C., Wavering, M., Imbeau, M., Sullivan, E., Morrow, L., Lefever-Davis, S. & Ryel, R. (2001). Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award 2001:  Preparing Scholar-Practitioners in the 21st Century.  Action in Teacher Education. 32(3) 5-15

Lefever-Davis, S. (1999). Computer technology and beginning readers: Recognizing program features that support strategic reading.  The Reader...IRA in Arkansas. 23. 20-22 

Lefever-Davis, S., & Helfeldt, J. (1994). The efficacy of a site-based literacy methods course developed within the context of a school-university partnership. 1994 Yearbook of the College Reading Association

Lefever-Davis, S., Digby, A., Helfeldt, J.D., Lewis, J. & Joshua, L. (1993). University colleges of education and public schools: Vital partners in educational renewal. SRATE Journal. 3(1),35-39

Professional Experience

Professional Positions:

Dean, College of Applied Studies (formerly College of Education), Wichita State University. October 2014 to present

President, Association of Teacher Educators, February, 2015 to February, 2017

Interim Dean, College of Education, Wichita State University.  June, 2013 to October 2014

Sr. Associate Dean, College of Education, Wichita State University.  August, 2012 to June, 2013

Assessment Coordinator, College of Education, Wichita State University.  August, 2012 to present

Associate Dean, College of Education, Wichita State University.  September, 2008 to July, 2012

Department Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University.  July, 2005 to September, 2008

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University.  July, 2005 to present

Graduate Coordinator, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  University of Arkansas.  August, 1999 to 2005

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas, 1997- 2005

University Liaison, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in partnership school setting. 1997-2000

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas, 1991 - 1997

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Division of Teacher Education, Kansas State University, 1987 - 1991

Elementary Teacher, (5-6), St. Michael School, Axtell, KS, 1984-86

Professional Experiences:

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Summer, 2010
Management Development Program

Appointments:

Clinical Practice Commission. American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Appointed to term beginning June, 2016 to present

Kansas Education Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teacher Vacancies. Kansas Department of Education. Appointed to term. May, 2016 to July, 2016

Taskforce on Teacher Educator Development on Council for Accreditation of Education Providers (CAEP) Standards. Association of Teacher Educators. Appointed term to begin 2014

Commission on Graduate Education. Association of Teacher Educators. 20012-2015

Commission on Teacher Self-Efficacy. Association of Teacher Educators. 2010-2012

Leadership Academy Fellow. Association of Teacher Educators. Inducted 2009

Awards and Honors

Presidents Innovation Award. Recipient of the 2017 Wichita State University Ventures Innovation Award

President’s Award for Service.  Association of Teacher Educators.  Awarded each year for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 

Outstanding Teaching Award. College of Education. University of Arkansas. Academic year 1995-96

Outstanding Teaching Award. Department of Curriculum and Instruction. College of Education. University of Arkansas. Academic year 1995-96

Grants

Kansas Board of Regents Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program. 2016 to 2020.  Teacher Apprentice Program, year 2 funding. Served as P.I. and project administrator for proposal to increase the number of teachers in hard to fill areas. $325,151

Kansas Mentor and Induction Center (KMIC). 2016. Served as P.I. on proposal and acted as grant administrator.  $60,000.  Funded

Kansas Mentor and Induction Center (KMIC). 2015. Served as P.I. on proposal and acted as grant administrator.  $60,000.  Funded.

Kansas Mentor and Induction Center (KMIC). 2014. Served as P.I. on proposal and acted as grant administrator.  $80,000.  Funded.

Wichita Teacher Quality Partnership (WTQP).  2010. Served on grant writing team to expand and further develop the Urban Teacher Preparation Program as well as develop a new MAT residency program for Early Childhood Unified licensure.  5,000,000

Kansas Board of Regents Teacher Education Competitive Grant Program. 2010-2013.  Urban Teacher Preparation Program. Served on grant writing team to increase the number of teachers in hard to fill areas. Grant Administrator. 300,000

South Central Kansas Writing Project. 2008. National Writing Project.  Principal Investigator. 46,000

Teacher Candidate Preparation and the Enhancement of Parental Involvement. 2009. Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) Institution of Higher Education Curriculum Enhancement Project. Principal Investigator. 3,5000

Teacher Candidate Preparation and the Enhancement of Parental Involvement. 2008. Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC) Institution of Higher Education Curriculum Enhancement Project. Principal Investigator. 3,5000

South Central Kansas Writing Project. 2008. National Writing Project. Principal Investigator. 34,425

Training Grant: Pathwise Observation Model. 2000. Arkansas Department of Education. Principal Investigator. 10,000

Arkansas K-4 Crusade. 1999-2000. Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Principal Investigator. 20,000

Arkansas K-4 Crusade. 1998. Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Principal Investigator. 25,000

University Students in a kindergarten classroom: The influence of adult interaction and support on kindergarteners' writing development.  1996.  Break the Mold mini grant initiative. College of Education.  $750

The effects of parent education on parents, students, and pre-service teachers.  1996.  Break the Mold mini grant initiative.  College of Education.  $750

Arkansas K-4 Crusade.  1995. Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Principal Investigator. $107,266

50/50 Matching grant funds.  Arkansas K-4 Crusade.  1996 Arkansas Department of Higher Education.  Principal Investigator. $8,625

Arkansas K-4 Crusade.  (1995). Arkansas Department of Higher Education. $56,266.  Assumed principal investigator role after original PI resigned

Childhood cohort partnership. (1995). University of Arkansas Break the Mold. $2000. Responsibility, university liaison.  co-author with Marcia Imbeau

Childhood specialized field experience partnership. (1994). University of Arkansas Break the Mold. $2000. Responsibility, university liaison.  co-author with public school faculty

Enhancing teaching through partnerships with all. (1995). Teaching and Faculty Support Center Grant. University of Arkansas. $1,500

Telecommunications-based links among the Northwest Arkansas Partnership Initiative Participants. 1994. Southwestern Bell Foundation. $ 10,000

An investigation into the effectiveness of field-based coursework on preservice teacher education. (1994).  Department of Curriculum and Instruction. University of Arkansas. $2,679

Break the mold teacher education program. (1994-99), Rockefeller Foundation. Member of writing committee.  $300,000

The development of a teaching portfolio. (1994). Teaching and Faculty Support Center Grant. University of Arkansas. $2,000

University of Arkansas/George Elementary Partnership. (1993). Southwestern Bell Foundation. Breaking the Mold grant. Principal Investigator. $25,000

Restructuring inside the classroom: Toward a whole language approach in undergraduate reading methods courses. (1991). College of Education Faculty Grant, $1,000

Areas of Service

Executive Board Memberships:

Association of Teacher Educators. President.  Elected for 2016-2017 term

Association of Teacher Educators. President.  Nominated to fill remaining period for 2015-2016 term beginning January, 2016  

World Federation of Association of Teacher Educators Board Member. Appointed beginning May, 2016

Association of Teacher Educators Executive Board.  Elected for 2013-2018 term

Association of Teacher Educators Executive Board.  Elected for 2009-2012 term

Association of Teacher Educators, Kansas (ATE-K) Executive Board.  Appointed Spring, 2013 

Selected Committee Work:

International:

International Reading Association Publications committee.  International Reading Association.  Appointed 2005, Appointed for second term 2007-2009 

National:

Association of Teacher Educators Conference Planning Committees, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2019. Association of Teacher Educators. Conference Locations: Reno, Chicago, St. Louis, Niagara, Washington DC

Association of Teacher Educators.  Distinguished Teacher Educator Committee. Association of Teacher Educators. 2008 to 2015

Association of Teacher Educators Fiscal Affairs Committee.  Association of Teacher Educators.  3 year appointment, 1994 - 1998, Reappointed for 1999-2002, 2003-2005 and 2006-2008 terms

Association of Teacher Educators Credentials Committee.  Association of Teacher Educators.  3 year appointment, 2003-2006

State:

Kansas Teaching Commission.  Member subcommittee Regulations/Teacher Leader –KPA Redesign Writing committee.  Kansas State Department of Education.  2008. 

Vice President, Executive Board for Arkansas Reading Association.  2004-2005.

2005 Conference Chair, Arkansas Reading Association.

Technology Coordinator, Executive Board for Arkansas Reading Association.  2003-2004.

Parliamentarian, Executive Board for Arkansas Reading Association.  2002-2003.

Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair.  Arkansas Reading Association.  1999-2000.

University:

WSU Honors program committee.  Wichita State University. 2008. 

Student Financial Aid Appeals committee.  University of Arkansas. August 2000 to present.  3 year term.

Senior Representative to Graduate Council.  University of Arkansas, August, 1997 to 1999.  2 year appointment.

Junior Representative to Graduate Council.  University of Arkansas, August, 1995 to 1997.  2 year appointment.

Graduate Curriculum Committee.  University of Arkansas, August, 1995 to 1997.  2 year appointment.

University Nominations Committee.  University of Arkansas, August, 1995-1998.

Graduate Grievance Committee.  University of Arkansas, Spring, 1997.

Committee on Program Evaluation. University of Arkansas, 1997-98.

University Committee on Teacher Education.  University of Arkansas, August, 1992-1994.

College:

Co-Chair, NCATE Standard 1:  Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions subcommittee.  Wichita State University College of Education.  2007-2009.

Chair, NCATE Standard 1:  Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions subcommittee.  University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.  August, 2004 to 2005.

Faculty Council Departmental Representative. University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.  August, 2004 to 2007.

Student petitions and appeals committee. University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions.  August, 2000 to present.

Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, College of Education. University of Arkansas, 1997-99.

Chair, Graduate Curriculum Committee, College of Education. University of Arkansas, 1995-1997.

Steering Committee for Northwest Arkansas Partnership. College of Education. University of Arkansas, August, 1992 to present.

Deans' Leadership Forum.  College of Education. University of Arkansas, August, 1992-1994.

School District Service:

Development and implementation of the Preparing Educators Together (PET) partnership.  Cowley Community College.  2005-2009.

Development and implementation of the Urban Teacher Preparation Program (UTPP).  Wichita Public Schools. Wichita, KS.  2005-2009.

Organization of George Elementary/University school partnership. Springdale, AR. August 1992 to 1995.