Department Chair, Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. John M. Ponder is an Associate Professor of Literacy Instruction in the College of Education and is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Literacy and Special Education (LSE). During his tenure at the University of West Georgia, he has served as the program coordinator for the M. Ed. in Reading Instruction, and later, as the the director of the Teaching Fellows Program. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for pre-service and in-service teachers focusing on effective literacy instruction. His research interests include reader response theory applications in the elementary school classroom as well as the nature of the use of literature by teachers during instruction.  Prior to moving into higher education, Dr. Ponder began his career as a public elementary school teacher in Louisiana. 

Education / Degrees

  • 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 Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 91
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E28

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • READ-4253 (The Reading Writing Connection) Section: 01
    • SPED-6791 (Practicum: Interrelated) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E15

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • READ-4252 (Literature in the Middle Sch) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E15

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 91
    • READ-4285 (Literacy Project in Belize) Section: 01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E12

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E33

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 91

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 51

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • READ-3263 (Integrated Literacy Ed/Writing) Section: 91
  • Publication List

    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.