Diane E. Kern

  • Professor
  • English Language Arts, Literacy Teacher Education
  • Phone: 401.874.4068
  • Email: dkern@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Chafee Hall, Rm 708


Dr. Diane Kern is the Interim Director of the School of Education and Professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies here at URI. Her research interests include literacy teacher education; translating literacy research into policy and practice; and access to education and the education profession. Dr. Kern co-chaired the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017, was a leader writer of Standards 2010, and has contributed over sixty scholarly and research publications in her field.

Dr. Kern taught in public schools for 14 years and holds teacher certification as an elementary and secondary English teacher as well as PK-12 reading specialist/consultant. She is a proud three degree URI alumna.


Literacy teacher education; translating literacy research into policy and practice; and access to education and the education profession


  • Ph.D., Education, University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College, 2003
  • M.A., Reading Education, University of Rhode Island, 1992
  • B.A. Secondary English Education/Elementary Education, University of Rhode Island, 1984

Selected Publications

Kern, D., Morewood, A., Dagen, A. S., Martinez, M., DeJulio, S., Harmon, J., & Sailors, M. (2020). Teacher preparation is hot and should be! In E. Ortlieb, S. Grote-Garcia, J. Cassidy, & E. H. Cheek (Eds.), What’s hot in literacy: Exemplar models of effective practice, Vol 11, (pp. 95-110). Emerald Publishing, Ltd. doi:10.1108/S2048-045820200000011009.

Ippolito, J., Bean, R. M., Kern, D. & Dagen, A. S. (2019). Specialists, coaches, coordinators, oh my!: Looking back and booking forward on the roles and responsibilities of specialized literacy professionals. Massachusetts Reading Association Primer, 47(2), 19-28.

Bean, R.M., Dagen, A.S., Ippolito, J. & Kern, D. (2018). Principals’ perspectives on the roles of specialized literacy professionals. The Elementary School Journal 119(2). 327-350. https://doi.org/10.1086/700280

Kern, D., & Bean, R.M. (2018) ILA Standards 2017: Key notions, challenges, and opportunities for middle and high school classroom teachers. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 62(1), 89-94, doi: 10.1002/jaal.875

Kern, D., Bean, R. M., Dagen, A. S., DeVries, B., Dodge, A., Goatley, V., Ippolito, J.H., Perkins, J. H., & Walker-Dalhouse, D. (2018). Preparing reading/literacy specialists to meet changes and challenges: International Literacy Association’s Standards 2017. Literacy Research and Instruction, 57(3), 209-231, doi: 10.1080/19388071.2018.1453899

Bean, R. M. & Kern, D. (2018). Multiple roles of specialized literacy professionals: The ILA 2017 Standards. The Reading Teacher, 71(5), 615-621, doi: 10.1002/trtr.1671

Bean, R., Kern, D., Goatley, V., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., Calo, K., Marinak, B., Sturtevant, E., Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S., Lane, M., Frost, S., Mason, P., Quatroche, D., Cassidy, J. (2015). Specialized literacy professionals as literacy leaders: Results of a national survey. Literacy Research and Instruction, Taylor & Francis, 1-32, DOI 10.1080/19388071.2014.998355.

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