University at Buffalo

Blythe E. Anderson

Blythe E. Anderson

Assistant Professor, Literacy Education

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Discourse analysis; Literacy; Reading Instruction; Writing Instruction; Professional / Staff Development

Contact Information
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2455

Professional Summary:

Blythe E. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Anderson earned her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University, specializing in Language and Literacy Education. A former first-grade teacher and district literacy coordinator, her research focuses on instructional practices, professional development, and curriculum that promote oral language and vocabulary development. Specifically, she’s interested in generative approaches to vocabulary instruction that promote curiosity for and interest in words and support students with developing tools for independent word learning.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Michigan State University, Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education; Specialization: Language and Literacy Education (2020)
  • Graduate Certificate, Minnesota State University-Mankato, K-12 Reading Teacher (2013)
  • MS, Winona State University, K-12 Education (2010)
  • BA, Wartburg College, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Reading Education (2009)
Awards and Honors:
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship; Michigan State University; 2020-01-06;
  • 2019 Steven A. Stahl Research Grant; International Literacy Association; 2019-10-12;
  • Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding: The Netherlands; Michigan State University; 2016-06-04;
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Summer Fellowship; Michigan State University; 2016-05-16;
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Fellowship; Michigan State University; 2015-08-15;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Symons, C., Anderson, B. E., & Ward, A. (2020). Teacher candidates’ perspectives on the value of a site-based methods course. The Teacher Educator, 1–24. doi: 10.1080/08878730.2020.1787569
  • Anderson, B. E., & Gallagher, M. A. (2019). Responsive professional development for vocabulary instruction. Action in Teacher Education, 41(4), 361-378. doi: 10.1080/01626620.2019.1616632
  • Gallagher, M. A., & Anderson, B. E. (2016). Get “all jazzed up” for vocabulary instruction: Strategies that engage. The Reading Teacher, 70(3), 273-282. doi: 10.1002/trtr.1498
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Wright, T. S., Anderson, B. E., Gotwals, A. G., Kenimer, E., & Pikus, A. (2020). Supporting K-2 student science talk through purposeful reflection on teaching practices. Session presented at the Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Lansing, MI.;
  • Anderson, B. E., Wright, T. S., Gotwals, A. W. (2020). Investigating online professional development to support science talk in early-elementary classrooms. Symposium presented at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference. (Virtual Conference).;
  • Anderson, B. E., Wright, T. S., Gotwals, A. W. (2021). Curricular features related to enhanced vocabulary talk in science: An instrumental case study. Poster session presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. (Virtual Conference).;
  • Gotwals, A. W., Wright, T. S., Domke, L. & Anderson, B. E. (2020). Learning to support rich science talk: K–2 teachers' engagement with talk-based professional development. Symposium accepted for presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Fransisco, CA. (Conference Canceled);
  • Anderson, B. E. (2019). Word consciousness for vocabulary development: A systematic review of research. Session presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.;

Contact Information

505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2455