Lauren Brannan
Office Hours

UCOM 3114
T 9-10 and 1-2
Th 9-12 and 1-2
Ph: (251) 380-2796
Fax: (251) 380-2758
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Lauren Brannan
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
K-12 Education, Reading

B.S., Elementary Education, University of South Alabama, 2006
M.Ed., Reading Specialist, University of South Alabama, 2010
Ph.D., Instructional Design and Development, University of South Alabama, 2016
Teaching Philosophy
My goal as a teacher educator is to create teachers who are well informed of what research teaches us about best practices in reading education and who are able to apply this knowledge when making instructional decisions. I try to practice what I preach and utilize exemplary instructional practices. I believe that my students need to be actively engaged in class, so I implement a team-based learning approach in my on campus classes. My online graduate courses are project based and allow students to immediately apply their new learning in their own classrooms and act as teacher leaders by creating educational resources and leading professional development.
My research is focused on best practices in reading education and in reading teacher education. More specifically, I am interested in the impact of independent reading on students’ growth as readers. I am also interested in what motivates students to read and how that impacts their reading achievement. Another area of research is the application of team-based learning in reading teacher education.
I currently serve as the K-12 Member at Large for the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), an international organization that strives to promote the understanding and evolution of team-based learning (TBL) across the educational community. As a Steering Committee member, I provide input to support the TBLC and also promote and support the implementation of TBL in K-12 education.

I also serve the College of Education and Professional Studies as a faculty advisor for Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an honor society for education. I support our officers in planning and implementation of KDP initiations and service projects.

I serve as the Program Coordinator and faculty advisor for the Graduate Reading Specialist programs (Class A and Class AA). In this capacity, I work with program faculty to make program-level decisions and also support students throughout their time in our programs.
I am a product of the Mobile County Public School System and the University of South Alabama. I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, my Master's in Reading, and my Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development – all from USA. I taught first grade for 5 years, then served as a Technology Support Teacher for 2.5 years in Mobile County. I was the Alabama District 1 Teacher of the Year in 2013. My husband and I have two beautiful children, Wylder and Scout. In my spare time, I am volunteering at my son’s school, attending tee ball practice and games, and playing with Scout. I also love visiting my family in Wilmer on “the hill.” We enjoy swimming and fishing in my family’s lake.



EDU 331 - Teaching Reading
EDU 336 - Teaching Social Studies
RED 533 - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
RED 534 - Remedial and Clinical Procedures in Reading
RED 545 - Literature for Children And Adolescents
RED 595 - Internship in Reading Education
RED 613 - Supervising the Reading Program