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The vision of the College of Education and Health Professions is to prepare highly qualified professionals and leaders who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to increase the quality of life in the community by improving P-12 student learning and professional health care.

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Mark D. McCarthy

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education


Dr. Mark McCarthy

Dr. Mark McCarthy

Position: Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Reading Endorsement Program Coordinator
Office: Frank Brown Hall 3342
Phone: 706-507-8345


2018 - Ph.D. Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (Michigan State University)
2011 - M.A. Education (Michigan State University)
2005 - B.A. English (St. John's University)

Specialty Area

Literacy Education; Critical Teacher Education; Children's Literature; Qualitative Research


Originally from the Boston area, Mark D. McCarthy began his teaching career internationally, spending seven years teaching abroad in South Korea, Oman, and China before returning to the USA for his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Mark now serves as Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Columbus State University. His research draws from poststructuralist approaches and qualitative methodologies to investigate teacher preparation for literacy instruction, including the teaching of children's literature. Interests bridging his research and teaching include language and discourse, and critical multicultural education.
McCarthy, M. D. (accepted). Othering authors in the name of authenticity: Critiquing colonialism with The Arab of the Future. Bookbird.
McCarthy, M. D. (accepted).The paradox of authentic relationships in service learning involving prospective teachers. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Apol, L., & McCarthy, M. D. (2019). Pedagogy, poetry and politics: Using poetic inquiry to convey, challenge and co/create a response to literature. In S. L.Faulkner & A. Cloud (Eds.) Poetic inquiry as social justice and political response (pp. 3-16). Wilmington, DE: VernonPress. 
McCarthy, M. D. (2018). Critically teaching criticality?: Modeling social and pedagogical inquiry with literary texts. Studying Teacher Education, 14(2), 174-193. doi:10.1080/17425964.2018.1449103
McCarthy, M. D., Apol, L., &Roue, B. (2018). “But I’ve never been to Lebanon…” and other reflections on unrelatable texts. WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, Vol. V(4).