John Ponder

John Ponder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Language and Literacy & Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 678-839-6076 | Fax: 678-839-6174


Office: Education Center 127


Dr. John M. Ponder is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education in the College of Education and is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Education. During his tenure at UWG, he has served as program coordinator for the M.Ed. in Reading Program and Director of the Teaching Fellows Program. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in reading education. He also supervised interns in the Early Childhood Program when needed. His research focuses on the nature of young children’s responses to literature, especially in the area of thematic interpretations. Prior to joining higher education, Dr. Ponder was a Chapter I Remedial Reading teacher and an elementary school teacher in Louisiana. Before joining the faculty at the University of West Georgia, he spent 11 years as a faculty member at Arkansas State University.


  • B.A., Elementary Education, Louisiana Tech University, 1983
  • M.A., Elementary Education, Louisiana Tech University, 1985
  • Ed.S., Reading Education, Louisiana Tech University, 1989
  • Ph.D., Reading Education, University of Georgia, 1992

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • READ-3251 (Children's Literature)    
    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing)    
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 91
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • READ-3251 (Children's Literature) Section: 02
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • READ-3251 (Children's Literature) Section: 01

Selected Publications

  • Ponder, J. M. & Doheny, C. (2007). If not for points, then why read? Exploring the grandest purpose of literature. Affective Reading Education Journal, 24, 1-5. [View Publication]