Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D.Principal Investigator/Program Lead
Caitlin McMunn Dooley is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University. Her research investigates literacy development (including digital literacies), teacher development and literacy-related educational policies.
She serves as co-editor for the National Council of Teachers of English premier journal Language Arts (2011-2016) and has led and participated in funded research totaling more than $17.4 million. As principal investigator for the Integrated Computer Science project, funded by the National Science Foundation, Dooley is working with teachers to develop primary-level curricula for project-based integration of computational thinking and digital literacies.
She received the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award from the College Reading Association/Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers in 2008, the Outstanding Dissertation — Distinguished Finalist from the International Reading Association in 2006 and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators in 2005, among others.
With over 50 published research studies and editorials, her research has been disseminated nationally and internationally. She is the lead author of “Literary Meaning Making,” a chapter in the Early Literacy Research Handbook, an international publication by Sage publications.
In addition to having taught elementary grades, Dooley has served as a consultant to the Texas Educational Agency’s Student Assessment Division, the national non-profit Children’s Literacy Initiative and several urban schools and districts across the U.S.
Dooley earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.—Georgia State University