Susan Thacker-Gwaltney

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2015
  • M.Ed., College of William & Mary, 1989
  • B.A., College of William & Mary, 1988

I advise and teach master's level students taking graduate reading education courses off-grounds in the Tidewater region of Virginia.  My current job includes teaching graduate reading education courses, e.g., Word Study, Foundations of Reading, and clinical courses in the diagnosis & remediation of reading difficulties.  I also coordinate noncredit literacy-related professional development with school districts statewide.  As part of this work, I developed a four-day Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers, along with various trainings and workshops related to early reading instruction.  I also coordinate and conduct audits for schools and districts seeking information about the relative strengths and weak areas of their literacy programs.

Prior to working at the university, I was a special educator working with students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders for 7 years and worked for five years as a Book Buddies Coordinator in Charlottesville City Schools. 

My research interests center on early reading intervention in literacy learning and examining the impact of Response to Intervention frameworks on student achievement.