Atkins, Holly

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Education

Phone: 352-588-8386

Email: holly.atkins@saintleo.edu

Education:

  • B.A., English Education, University of South Florida
  • M.A., English Education, University of South Florida
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction Teaching and Learning in English, University of South Florida

Biography:

Dr. Atkins joined the Saint Leo University faculty in 2011; prior to coming to Saint Leo, Dr. Atkins was a middle grades language arts teacher for the Pinellas County School District.  She teaches the education technology, methods course of English Education majors, as well as courses in middle/secondary school curriculum and philosophy and teaching the adolescent learner for the undergraduate teacher preparation program, and the teacher inquiry course for graduate education.  Dr. Atkins is the principal investigator for the digital backpacks grant, and is the director of Saint Leo University’s Teacher Technology Summer Institute.  Her research interests include adolescent literacy, technology pedagogy, and adolescent identity development.  Dr. Atkins has presented at the state, national, and international levels and is a contributing author to the text, The Apple Shouldn’t Fall Far from Common Core.

Community Affiliation:

  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  •  Association for Middle Level Educators
  •  National Council of Teachers of English
  •  International Society for Technology in Education
  •  Florida Council of Teachers of English
  •  International Literacy Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Dr. Atkins’ research interests include adolescent literacy, technology pedagogy, and adolescent identity development.  Dr. Atkins has presented at the state, national, and international levels and is a contributing author to the text, The Apple Shouldn’t Fall Far from Common Core.

Honors & Awards:

  • Quality Enhancement Program Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015
  •  Instructional Technology Fellow, 2013-2014
  •  Instructional Technology Faculty Diffuser Fellow, 2011-2012
  •  Honor Award, Florida Council of Teachers of English, 2008
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of South Florida, 2007
  • Pinellas County Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, 2005
  • Florida Humanities Council Scholar-on Record, 2004-2005
  • National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescence English/Language Arts, 2001


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