Donna Harkins

Donna Harkins, Ed. D.

Chair and Associate Professor

Phone: 678-839-6066 | Fax: 678-839-6063


Office: Education Annex 112

Hours: Bu appointment


Dr. Donna M. Harkins is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Early Childhood Education. Her current research interests focus on mentoring of teacher candidates during field experiences and on the nature of connections young children make to literature. Publications include an analysis of teacher talk during the administration of an informal reading inventory and an examination of teaching structures and strategies in inclusion classrooms. Prior to her appointment at UWG, Dr. Harkins worked as a middle school teacher adn Title I coordinator in a K-8 district and with at-risk students in an alternative high school in a Texas.


  • B.A., History, Rhode Island College, 1973
  • M.Ed., Education: Reading, University of North Texas, 1993
  • Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1999

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ECED-4286 (Teaching Internship)    
    • ECED-4289 (Teaching Internship Seminar)    
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation)    
    • READ-4251 (Assess/Correction Read Educ)    
    • READ-7263 (Comp Lit Assessmnt & Intervent)    

Selected Publications

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  • Holbein, M. F., & Harkins, D. M. (2010). An investigation of teacher talk during the administration of an informal reading inventory. Mentoring Literacy Professionals: Continuing the Spirit of CRA/ALER After 50 Years - The Thirty-first Yearbook: A Doubled
  • Harkins, D. M. (2010). College Reading Association Oral History Monograph - Wayne M. Linek. The College Reading Association Legacy: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Literacy Leadership, 371-379.