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Marla Robertson

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School of Teacher Education & Leadership

Assistant Professor, Literacy

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: USU Uintah Basin-Roosevelt
DialPhone: (940) 368-9751

Educational Background

PhD, Reading, (Curriculum and Instruction), Texas Woman's University, 2014
Influences on Teacher Decision-Making about Writing Instruction in a High-Stakes Writing Assessment Grade
Med, Education, Southern Utah University, 2008
Literacy Program for At-Risk 3rd Grade Readers
BS, Business Management, (Business Composite, Computer Science), Brigham Young University, 1982

Licensures & Certifications

Human Systems Dynamics Professional, Human Systems Dynamics Institute, 2014
Literacy Lessons (Reading Recovery), Reading Recovery Council of North America, 2012
Texas Teacher Certificate, Texas Education Agency, 2008
Utah Teacher Certificate, Utah Education Association, 2005


I am an Assistant Professor in Literacy Education assigned to the Uintah Basin Campus. I typically teach Elementary Education Language Arts methods courses, along with other Elementary Education courses. I also teach Qualitative Research at the graduate level.

Teaching Interests

My major interest is in teaching writing in the elementary and secondary classroom as well as teaching courses for a Reading Endorsement. I also work on professional development for school districts in reading and writing instruction. I am also interested in teaching graduate level literacy or qualitative research methods courses.

Research Interests

I am interested in teacher decision-making, adaptive and reflective teaching, and professional development, particularly related to writing and reading instruction. Most of my research uses qualitative research methods.


Finalist for 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2016

International Literacy Association

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Robertson, M., Patterson, L., Wickstrom, C., (2016). Powerful Writing Instruction: Seeing, Understanding, and Influencing Patterns: Literacy Research, Practice and Evaluation Volume 7: Writing Instruction to Support Literacy Success. Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    • Robertson, M., Smith, J.M, (2016). Going beyond text structure in informational text: It’s more than just a table of contents and an index. : Literacy Summit Yearbook Volume 2 . International Literacy Association Specialized Literacy Professionals and Texas Association for Literacy Education
    • Robertson, M., Hurlbut, A., Owen, D., Semingson, P., (2016). Scaffolding digital writing and storytelling in online-only teacher education courses: Handbook of Research on Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Teacher Education and Professional Development . IGI Global

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Robertson, M., Smith, J., Influence of Online Book Clubs on Pre-service Teacher Beliefs and Practices. SIG for the International Reading Association
        • Robertson, M., Patterson, L., (2016). Complexity, Conceptual Models, and Teacher Decision-making Research. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 18:2, doi: 10.emerg/10.17357.fa6ec4e6ef0c66be07c001a2a0d474c0
        • Professional Journal

        • Robertson, M., Goss, A., (2016). Can We Do It? Developing Student's Identities As Readers and Writers in Today's High-stakes Classrooms. English in Texas, 46:1, 30-35.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  ELED 3100 - Classroom Reading Instruction, Spring 2017

                  ELED 3100 - Classroom Reading Instruction, Spring 2017

                  ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Spring 2017

                  ELED 3005 - Beginning Classroom Management, Fall 2016

                  ELED 4005 - Intermediate Classroom Management, Fall 2016

                  ELED 4030 - Teaching Language Arts and Practicum Level III, Fall 2016