Louise Wilkinson

Louise Wilkinson
Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences

Louise C. Wilkinson has focused her scholarship on language and literacy learning among school-age children. An internationally-recognized leader in education, Professor Wilkinson is best known for her extensive research on children's language and literacy learning and has been published in 132 articles, chapters and volumes. She previously served Dean of the Schools of Education at both Syracuse University and Rutgers University.


  • B.A. Oberlin College, Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology (1970)
  • Ed. D. Harvard University (Human Development) (1974)


Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Professor Wilkinson has focused her scholarship on learning both within and outside of schools; an internationally recognized leader in education, she is best known for extensive research on children's language and literacy learning and mathematics.

Louise Wilkinson co-authored Communicating for Learning (1991); edited Communicating in the Classroom (1982); and co-edited The Social Context of Instruction (1984), Gender Influences in Classroom Interaction (1985), The Integrated Language Arts (1994), Language and Literacy Learning in Schools (2004), and Literacy Leadership in Urban Teacher Education (2008).

She has served on the editorial boards of major research journals and on the advisory/governing boards of The National Reading Research Center, National Association of Universities and Land-Grant Colleges’ Commission for Human Resources and Social Change, and the Department of Education’s Laboratory for Student Success. 


Elected Fellow

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology
  • American Education Research Association.

Leadership Positions

  • Vice President and National Program Chair, American Educational Research Association
  • Education Advisor, New Jersey Legislature
  • Delegate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and the Development and Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization
  • Honored Guest Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • Co-chair, International Reading Association: Literacy Leadership for Urban Teacher Education Task Force
  • Editor-Special Issues, The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
  • Dean, Graduate School of Education-Rutgers University

Courses Taught

Professor Wilkinson teaches courses on literacy learning for first/second English language learners and on comparative urban teacher education. She also held Visiting Professorships at the University of London, Brown University, and East China Normal University.