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Stephenie McCoy Hewett


School of Education
The Citadel
Charleston, SC 29409
(843)953-5019 (Office)
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648 Oak Marsh Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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Educational Experiences

Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Reading and a minor in Counseling and Educational Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, July 1988.

Masters of Education in Reading Education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, August 1985.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, May 1979.

Professional Experiences

Associate Professor, School of Education, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, August 2005 to present.
Assistant Professor, School of Education, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, August 1988 to 2005.
Faculty member for graduate and undergraduate courses having taught:

  1. Introduction to Education - Educ 101 (Teacher Cadet class)
  2. Educational Psychology - Educ 202
  3. Teaching Reading in the Secondary Schools - Content Areas
    Education 208 and 592
  4. Child Growth and Development - Educ 307
  5. Adolescent Growth and Development - Educ 308
  6. Adolescent Literature - Engl 425
  7. Methods and Materials of Secondary School Teaching - Educ 401
  8. Professional Internship - Educ 499
  9. Professional Internship - Educ 520
  10. Principles of Curriculum Development - Educ 530
  11. Adolescent Literature - Engl 552
  12. Teaching Reading to Exceptional Children - Educ 570
  13. Special Topics in Education - Educ 580
  14. Teaching Reading in the Elementary Classroom - Educ 588
  15. Methods and Materials of Teaching Reading - Educ 589
  16. Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading - Educ 590
  17. Curriculum Project - Educ 598
  18. Children's Literature - Educ 608
Directed Project Challenge (a collaborative effort between Burke High School and The Citadel)
  • Coordinated the M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Academic advisor for cadets in the School of Education.
  • Academic Coordinator for the GEAR UP Program (a federally funded grant project) 2000 to present.
Adjunct faculty member, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University, Summer 1988.

First grade teacher, Albert R. Lewis Elementary School, Pickens, South Carolina, August 1980 to May 1983.

Sixth grade Learning Disabled resource teacher, League Middle School, Greenville, South Carolina, August 1979 to May 1980.

Licensures and Certifications

South Carolina State Board of Education Teaching License

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Reading Teacher (K-12)

Professional Organizations, Leadership, and Membership

  • Charleston County Council of the International Reading Association - Vice-president 1989-1990, President, 1990-1991, and Past-President 1991-1992.
  • South Carolina International Reading Association - Board of Directors, 1990-1991.
  • South Carolina Association of Reading Educators - Secretary, 1990-1991; President Elect, 1991-1992; President, 1992-1993; Past-President, 1993-1994.
  • International Reading Association Member (Inactive)
  • Dropout Prevention Association Member

Honorary Societies

  • Kappa Delta Pi Member
  • Phi Delta Pi Member (inactive)

Conference Presentations

"GEAR UP for Collaboration". National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, October 9-13, 2002, San Diego, California.

"Using Elements of Leadership to Promote Academic Success For Unmotivated Problem Middle School Students". Sixth China - U.S. Conference on Education, July 24 - 27, 2002, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

"GEARing UP and Working Together". National Dropout Prevention Annual Forum, February 25 - 28, 2001, Myrtle Beach, SC.

"From Roots to Branches: The evolution of communication across the curriculum at The Citadel" with Allen, D.; Bebensi, M.; Fallon, D; Hewett, S.; and Williams, A. National Communication Across the Curriculum Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, May 31 - June 1, 2001,

"GEAR UP Partnerships, Making it Happen!" (Poster Session) with Wendell Rodgers. SCACTE/SCATE State Conference, October 14 - 16, 2001, Charleston, SC.

"GEAR UP Collaboration and Making It Work" with Karen Luhrs and Wendell Rodgers. Thirteenth Annual National Dropout Prevention Conference, October 28 - 31, 2001, Orlando, Florida.

"Using Elements of Leadership to Capitalize on Middle School Success" with Minnie Blackwell and Wendell Rodgers. Twenty-eighth Annual National Middle School Association, November 1 - 3, 2001, Washington, DC.

"Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom environment That Increases Reading Levels of at-Risk Students". Twelfth Annual America's At-Risk Youth National Forum in Myrtle Beach, SC, February 6-9, 2000.

"Successfully Navigating Through the Obstacles of Learning to Read" with Lynn Hudson. South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association Annual Conference in Hilton Head, February 24-26, 2000.

"GEAR UP to Navigate into Institutions of Higher Learning" with Patricia Chandler, Chris Swetckie, and Wendell Rodgers. Twelfth Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, October 1-4, 2000.

"Partnerships That Promote Initiatives" with Patricia Chandler, Jim Humphries, Billy Sanderson, and Wendell Rodgers. Annual Fall Teacher Education Conference in Charleston, SC, October 12-13, 2000.

"Collaborative Efforts of Colleges and Public Schools: Their Success and Problem Areas", South Carolina Teacher Education Conference in Charleston, SC, October 9 -10, 1997.

Case Studies of Severely Disabled Readers: Reading Instruction That Has Worked and Has Not Worked", College Reading Association 40th Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, October 31 - November 3, 1996.

Carpooling on the Information Superhighway - Connecting Schools and Universities", American Reading Forum Annual Meeting in Sanibel Island, Florida, December 7 - 9, 1995.

Teaching Reading to Students Who Hate to Read", College Reading Association Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach Florida, November 2-5, 1995.

The ABC's of Communication and Conflict Resolution", Co-Authored with Carol Byrnes, 7th Annual National Drop-out Prevention Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 17-21, 1995.

Bibliotherapeutic Literature for the At-Risk Student", co-Authored with Dan Ouzts, 39th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association in Toronto, Canada, May 8-13, 1994.

"Establishing School/College Partnerships and Collaborative Efforts", Co-Authored with Carol Byrnes, John Brown, and Jim Clees, Third Annual Teacher Education Conference in Charleston, SC, October 13-14, 1994.

Read What I Meant, Not What I Wrote: Why Teacher Responses to Student Writing Don't Always Reflect Instructional Goals", National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, November 18-21, 1994.

Project Challenge: A Collaborative Effort", Co-Authored with Dr. John Brown, Carol Byrnes, and Dr. Jim Clees, Summer Leadership Institute in Myrtle Beach, SC, June 1994 (invited speakers).

Effects of a Collaborative Effort on SAT Scores, Reading Comprehension, Dropout Rate, and College Acceptance", Co-Authored with Dr. John Brown, Carol Byrnes, and Dr. Jim Clees, Eastern Educational Research Conference, Sarasota, Florida, February 1994.

After the Grant Money: Maintaining a Dropout Prevention Program Over Time", Co-Presented with Carol Byrnes at the National Dropout Prevention Conference in San Jose, California, March 6-9, 1994.

"An Evaluation of an Alternative College Preparatory Program Developed Especially for High Risk Students", presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association in Clearwater, Florida, February 18, 1993.

An Investigation of Factors Relating to Test Score Drops After Changing NRTs", a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Atlanta, Georgia, April 12, 1993.

Addressing Faculty and Administrative Problems in the Design and Planning of Collaborative Efforts", presented at the Annual Fall Teacher Education Conference in Charleston, SC, October 7, 1993.

Bibliotherapeutic Literature: A Key Facet of Whole Language Instruction for the At-Risk Student", a paper presented at the College Reading Association Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia, November 4-7, 1993.

Impacts of Changing Tests on Statewide Scores", co-presented with Dr. M. E. Brady, Charleston County School System, American Educational Research Association National Conference in San Francisco, California, April 1992.

"Analysis of Statewide Testing Programs", Co-Authored with Dr. Mary Ella Brady, Charleston County School System, Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, SC, March 1992.

Bibliotherapy for the At-Risk Student", Co-presenter with Dr. Dan Ouzts, The International Reading Association 15th Southeastern Regional Conference, Winston-Salem, NC, November 15, 1991.

I'm Not a Reading Teacher!", Wil Lou Gray State Conference (An Adult Special Interest Group), Columbia, SC, March 1990.

Communications or Mechanics in Writing Instruction - Does it Effect Scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills?", South Carolina International Reading Association State Conference in Charleston, SC, February 1990.

Inservice Presentations

"Communicating and Responding to Stressful Situations", Goodwin Elementary School, April 1997."Communicating to Promote Change", Midland Park Elementary School, March 1997.

"Innovative Teaching Practices in Language Arts", Rivers Middle School, February 1997.

Promoting Reading Across the Curriculum", Howard Berry Elementary, September 1996.

"Making Appropriate Instructional Decisions", First Baptist Church School, Charleston, SC, August 1994.

"Basic Skills Assessment Reading Objectives - Getting Students to Pass", Burke High School, January 1990.

"Getting School Started on the Fast Track", Sea Island Academy, September 1990.


Hewett,S. (2004). Electronic portfolios: Improving instructional practices. Tech Trends.

Hewett, S. Rodgers, W. (2004). "The Use of Case Studies to Instruct Qualities of Leadership in a Character Education Program", Inquiry

Hewett, S., Chandler, P. (2003). "Connections: A Case Study of Carol Albrecht, Charleston County Teacher of the Year", a chapter in Teaching Today by Kenneth Henson, Ed.D.

Hewett,S. Rodgers, W. (2003). Framework for student success. Education, 124, 86-91.

Hewett, S. (2003). Learner-Centered teacher preparation: A mastery of skills. Education, 124, 24 - 30.

Hewett,S. (2000). Teaching kindness in a violent society. Affective Reading Education Journal, 18, 6-11.

Hewett,S. (2000). Training preservice teachers to enhance collaboration. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina, 39-40.

Hewett,S. (2000). Teaching kindness in a violent society. Affective Reading Education Journal, 18, 6-11. Hewett,S. (2000). Training preservice teachers to enhance collaboration. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina, 39-40.Hewett, S. (1997) Supplemental reading to enhance subject area understanding. The Oklahoma Reader, 33, 4-5.

Hewett, S. and Byrnes, C. (1994). An alternative college preparatory program for high risk students. American Secondary Education, 23, 30-32.

Brown, J., Clees, W., Hewett, S. (1994). School violence: student remedies. National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal, 12, 47-53.

Hewett, S. and Kearns, S. (1992). Development of an individual study program based on learning styles. The Oklahoma Reader, 27, 10-12.

Hewetts, S.(1991). The impact of the components of writing instruction on students' writing achievement. Writing Teacher, 5, 18-20.

Hewett, S.(1990). A literature review of basic skills programs. Education Issues 51-58.Hewett, S.(1990). Content area reading strategy. Sharing Ideas in Middle School Reading, 2, 3.

Articles Submitted

Hewett, S.; Chandler, P. "Making connections for student achievement". A chapter in a book written by Kenneth Henson regarding Teachers of the Year. (In review)

Hewett, S. A University-School Partnership to Teach Reading. Submitted to the National Middle School Journal. (In Review)

Hewett, S. GEAR UP, a program to promote student success. Submitted to The Kappan. (In Review)

Conference Proceedings

Hewett,S.; Rodgers, W; Blackwell, M. (2002). Using elements of leadership to promote academic success of unmotivated problem middle school students, The Conference Proceedings of the Sixth China-US Conference on Education.

Hewett, S.; Chandler P.; Humphries, J.; Rodgers, W.; and Sanderson, B. (2000). Partnerships that promote initiatives. Collaboration: Addressing the Issues. SCATE and SCACTE Conference proceedings.

Research Grants

The Community Foundation Grant for GEAR UP Homework Club (2002) with Wendell Rodgers $10,000 (under consideration).

Title II Teacher Quality Grant for redesigning the Citadel Teacher education program with Dr. Judy Lehr and Dr. Patricia Chandler (2002) $20,000.

GEAR UP, Funded by the Commission on Higher Education (2000 -2002) $175,000.

GEAR UP Supplemental Grant funded by the Commission on Higher Education (2001) $25,000.

Title II Teacher Quality Grant for a partnership with Ft. Johnson Middle School (2001) $3000.

Effects of Norm Changes on Standardized Test Scores (1991). Citadel Development Foundation, $3000.00.

Professional Services

South Carolina Independent Schools Association School evaluation team member, 2002.

GEAR UP Advisory Board Member, 2000 - 2002.

Project L.I.N.K. Advisory Board Member, 2002.

AIM College Consultant, Commission On Higher education, 2002.

Moultrie Middle School Fall Festival Activity Coordinator, 1992 - 2002.

Chair GEAR UP Summer Academic Olympics 2001-2002.

Field Reader for the US Department of Education Talent Search Grant 2002.

Attack the PACT Pep Rally Skit Coordinator at Toole Military Magnet Middle School April 2002.

Delegate to the Converse College Presidential Inauguration 2000.

Program Co-Chair of The Citadel Reading Conference 2000.

Member of the Planning Committee for the Brain Research: Transforming Early Childhood Conference 2000.

Chairperson of the Brain Research: Transforming Early Childhood Conference Speakers' Reception 2000.

Consultant for Ron McNair Elementary School Communities in School program 2001.

Member of the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment Task Force from 1989 to 1998.

Completed the 6 day training to be certified as an ADEPT Evaluator and as an ADEPT Trainer, 1997.

Executive Board Member of the Wil Lou Gray Association, 1995.

Member of the International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Selection Committee, 1995.

Member of the Higher Education Programs' Field Reader System, US Department of Education, 1995.

Coordinator for the Teacher Cadet Forum, 1992 to 1998.

Member of the Policy Board for the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment from 1991 to 1997 (2 terms).

Consultant for the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital Library, 1992.

Guest speaker for the Dorchester Reading Council, September 1991. "Using Thematic Units in Reading".

Guest speaker for the Charleston County Council of the International Reading Association, May 1991. "In Which Direction Should the Charleston County IRA Council be Heading?"

Guest Speaker of the Charleston County Council of the International Reading Association, October, 1990.

Member of the Third Annual Forum of the South Carolina College Association of Reading Educators Planning Committee, "Teaching, Testing, and Restructuring Questions, Issues, and Future Directions", September 30, 1991. Co-sponsored by the SC College Association of Reading Educators, SC State Department of Education, the SC Commission on Higher Education, the SC Center for the Advancement of Teaching and School Leadership.

Member of the session planning committee for the South Carolina College Association of Reading Educators Conference Session of the International Reading Association State Conference, Hilton Head, SC, February 1, 1991.

Reading diagnostician testing students upon request in remedial reading classes at Cities in Schools to help the teachers determine appropriate instructional programs for students with Learning Disabilities, 1990.

Editor of the Charleston International Reading Association Newsletter. Wrote "From the Council President", 1990.

Author for South Carolina Schools, "Tips on Teaching", wrote a teaching tip included in a column in the education newsletter sent to educators across the state, 1990.

Co-Director of a Speaker's Service with Dr. Jim Clees to provide school administrators with the name and areas of expertise of professors in the Department of Education, 1990.

Program Chair and Registration coordinator of The Citadel Reading Conference, 1989-1993. Program Co-Chair, 2000.

Consultant for teachers and schools regarding students having difficulties adjusting to school after Hurricane Hugo, 1989-1990.

Member, Local Arrangements Committee for the Thirteenth Southeastern Regional International Reading Association Conference held in Charleston, SC in February 1989.

Editor of the Conference Proceedings of The Citadel Reading Conference, 1988 and 1989.

Guest speaker for the Teacher Cadet class regarding necessary college study skills including note-taking, outlining, study habits, and general test taking skills, 1988

Member, Curriculum Committee at Burke High School, for the improvement of Basic Skills Test Scores, 1988.

Service to the College

Member of the Sabbatical Committee 2002.

Member of The Citadel Admissions and Retention Committee, 2001, 2002 (College Wide Committee).

Member of the Athletic Advisory Committee, 2001, 2002.

Member of the Professional Development Course Committee, 2002.

Member of the Graduate Faculty, 1989 to present.

Member of the CAC Committee,1999 to present.

Coordinator of the M. Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction, 1989 to 1998.

Faculty Advisor to cadets in the Education Department, 1989 to present.

Faculty Advisor to graduate students in the M.A.T. program 2002.

Library Liaison Representative for the Education Department, 1990 to 2002.

The Citadel Human Research Committee, 1993.

Executive Director of Project Challenge, 1992 to 1998.

Member of Faculty Council, 1993 - 1996.

Member of the Race Relations Committee, 1992 to 1994.

Director of The Citadel hosted/Charleston County Council of the International Reading Association Reading Camp, 1990 and 1991.

Co-Director of the Educational Leadership Advisory Committee, 1990 to 1993.

Coordinator of the Reading Program Advisory Council, 1990-1994.

Instructor for the Teacher Cadet Class at Summerville High School, 1989 to 1991.

Instructor for the Burke High School Teacher Cadet Class, 1993 - 1998.

Instructor for the Wando High School Teacher Cadet Class, 1995 - 1998.

Member of the Campus Family Life Committee, 1989 to 1992.

Member of the Library Committee, 1989 to 1995. Secretary - 1989 to 1991. Chair, 2001.

Community Service

Participated with Citadel GEAR UP students in a Community service Project with Bishop Gadsden Retirement Center, James Island, SC, 2001-2002.

Volunteer Reading Specialist at Ron McNair Elementary School, 2002.

Helped place cadets with Junior Achievement, 1999.

Created a Parents of Teenagers Support Group on The Citadel Campus hosted by Mrs. Grinalds, 1998.

Consultant to parents of children with reading disabilities, 1988 to present.

Volunteer at Moultrie Middle School, 1994 to present.

Volunteer at Wando High School, 1996 to present.

Guest Speaker at Belle Hall Elementary Family Literacy Night, 1997.

Volunteer at Rivers Middle School, 1996.

Guest Speaker for Cities in Schools Early childhood volunteers, 1993.

Member of the Midnight Basketball Advisory Council, 1992.

Volunteer at the Charleston City Gym Day Care Center, 1992.

Coordinator of tutoring services at the Charleston City Gym, 1992 and 1993.

Guest speaker presenting "Parents as Partners in Reading" - James B. Edwards Elementary, 1991.

Guest speaker presenting "Parents as Partners in Reading" - Stono Park Elementary School, 1990.

Member of the PTA Board at James B. Edwards Elementary School, 1991 to 1993.

Volunteer for the Optimist Youth Activities, Mt. Pleasant, 1990 to 1994.

Director of the Reading Program at the Rocking Horse School, 1990.

Volunteer at the Rocking Horse School, 1989 to 1991.

Volunteer at James B. Edwards Elementary School, 1989 to 1997.

Bulldog Family Host, 1989 and 1994.

Volunteer at Whitesides Elementary School, 1988 to 1990.


Goodwin Elementary School, Charleston, SC. Test Taking Skills and Strategies. 1998.

Rivers Middle School, Charleston, SC. Reading Improvement Program. 1996-1997.

Howard Berry Elementary, Charleston, SC. Improving Standardized Test Scores. 1996.

Consultant to Windwood Farms, Awendaw, SC. Reading and Emotionally Handicapped Students. 1994 - 1997.

Consultant to parents of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, state of South Carolina. 1988 - present.


Selected as a delegate to represent the United States at the Sixth China - U.S. Conference on Education, 2002, Sponsored by the National middle School Association and the Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China.

Leader in Education selected by The Citadel Magazine and highlighted in the Spring 2000 issue.

Who's Who in American Education, 1991

CDF Achievement Award, 1991.

Young Centennial Researcher Award, New Mexico State University, August 1988.

Outstanding Young Women of America, 1985.

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