Nancy Robb Singer


Assistant Professor, English/Teaching and Learning
443 Lucas Hall

PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis
M Ed, University of Missouri-Columbia
BS Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Singer co-directs the English Education program at UMSL. Her primary teaching responsibilities include undergraduate English education methods courses, student teacher supervision, and student teaching seminar. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in composition.

Her research interests include teacher preparation and induction, composition theory and research, educational technology in teacher education and in composition, and writing assessment.

Dr. Singer also serves as co-director for the Gateway Writing Project. In this capacity she conducts in-service presentations and research with classroom teachers.

Grants and Projects

Dr. Singer is a participating faculty member in the NSF-funded SciJourn (Science Literacy through Science Journalism) grant that will run through 2012. With this grant, Dr. Singer is investigating the sustainability of the teacher professional development and the impact the model has on student writing in science.

Dr. Singer has also been actively involved in research that addresses teacher preparation and retention. These projects have included online support of novice teachers, investigation of how teachers create and perceive their professional identities and philosophies, and mentoring of teachers preparing for jobs hard-to-staff schools.

Recent Paper Presentations

"Testing and validating frames for online organizations." Presented in absentia. Co-presenters: Lisa Scherff, Josie Prado. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Rhodes, Greece; June 2009.

"Lessons Learned from the National Writing Project Scoring Conferences." National Council of Teachers of English, San Antonio, TX; Nov. 2008.

"Developing as a Higher Education Faculty Member and Site Leader." National Writing Project Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX; Nov. 2008.

"Building Leadership for Literacy: The Legacy of the National Writing Project." National Council of Teachers of English, New York: Nov. 2007.

"Following the Writing Project into the Classroom: Tools and Processes for Documenting Changes in Practice." National Writing Project Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN; Nov. 2006

"Investigating the Assessment of Writing: Methods of Scoring, Attributes of Scores." National Council of Teachers of English, Nashville, TN; Nov. 2006

"A sustainable model of teacher development: Use of computer-mediated communication for preservice teachers." American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA; April 2006. Recent Publications Singer, N. R. & LeMahieu, P. (In Press).

"The Effect of Scoring Order on the Independence of Holistic and Analytic Scores." Journal of Writing Assessment. Singer, N. R., Catapano, S. & Huisman, S. (In Press).

"The University's Role in Preparing Teachers for Urban Schools." Teaching Education. Singer, N.R. & Scollay, D. (In press).

"Building leadership for a sustained district writing improvement program." University of California, Berkeley: National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA. Scherff, L. & Singer, N.R. (2008).

"Framing and re-framing through computer-mediated communication (CMC): Providing pre-service teachers with alternate support structures." Learning Inquiry, 2, 151-167. Singer, N. R. and Scollay, D. (2008).

"Building a district-based writing program through the National Writing Project Model." University of California, Berkeley: National Writing Project. Available: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/download/nwp_file/10534/LSRI%20Gateway%202007.pdf?x-r=pcfile_d Singer, N. R. (2007)

"Taking time for inquiry: Revising collaborative teacher inquiry to improve student achievement." English Leadership Quarterly, 29, 7-10. Singer, N.R. and Scollay, D. (2006).

"Increasing student achievement in writing through teacher inquiry: An evaluation of professional development impact." University of California, Berkeley: National Writing Project. Available: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/download/nwp_file/10532/Gateway%20LSRI%20Cohort%20II%20Report.pdf?x-r=pcfile_d Singer, N. R. & Zeni, J. (2004).

"Building Bridges: Creating an Online Conversation Community for Student Teachers." English Education. 37, 30-49.