Faculty Bios - Lila Carrick

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    Dr. Lila Carrick
    Associate Professor 

    Email: lcarrick@njcu.edu
    Phone: (201) 200-2425
    Office:  Professional Studies Building, 329
    Specializations: Readers Theatre; Theory into Practice in the Primary Curriculum; Integrating the Arts across the Curriculum; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; Assessment of Teaching to Improve Instruction and Maximize Learning



    B.S.N. (Nursing) University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
    M.A. (Education) University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
    Ed. D. (Reading) Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA


    Lila Ubert Carrick earned a doctorate in reading from Lehigh University and a masters degree in education from the University of Tulsa. Dr. Carrick presented her research at conferences in the United States and Europe, has several publications on readers theatre in books and journals, and taught for the Institute of Readers Theatre in London.

    As an elementary school teacher for fourteen years, she used readers theatre across the curriculum to teach content in math, science and social studies. She also studied the Whole Language movement in Christ Church, New Zealand. She is currently doing research on integrating the arts across the curriculum and implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in the early childhood curriculum.

    As a professor in residence, she worked with teachers in several New Jersey school districts to maximize and advance math and science instruction through assessing teaching practices. Prior to becoming an elementary education teacher, she was registered nurse for 20 years. During her time as a nurse she worked with the Cherokee and Choctaw tribes in Oklahoma, taught in several schools of nursing in Oklahoma and Missouri, was a nursing supervisor and created and taught expectant parent and grandparent classes.

    Selected Publications & Presentations

    The Effects of Readers Theatre on Fluency and Comprehension: A Study on Fifth Grade Students in Regular Classrooms (2009). Germany: VDM Vertog. 

    Readers Theatre across the Curriculum”— Chapter 12 in the book: Fluency Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices. Rasinski, Blachowicz,& Lems (ed). Guilford Publications. (2006) 

    “Internet Resources for Conducting Readers Theatre” (2001) ReadingOnline http://www.readingonline.org 

    “Strategy Guides: Performing Literature to Promote Fluency and Comprehension: Readers Theatre, Choral Reading, & Performing Poetry” (2010) - http://www.readwritethink.org