Dr. Tamara Spencer


Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education

Dr. Tamara Spencer

Office: University Hall 3173
Phone: (973) 655-4255
Email: spencert@mail.montclair.edu

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Tamara Glupczynski Spencer (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) is an assistant professor of literacy in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education. Her current research analyzes the intersections of curricular policy and young children's literacy practices. She has been published in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Complementary Methods for Research in Education, and Advances in Early Education and Day Care and her research has been presented at a range of international and regional research conferences. She has taught first and second grade, served as literacy coach, and worked as a K-3 reading specialist in public schools in Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, and Raleigh, NC. In her most recent position prior to her appointment at Montclair State University, Dr. Spencer served as the Director of Literacy Initiatives and the Deputy Director for Academic Support for District 79, in New York City.



  • EdD Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MA University of Pennsylvania
  • BA Colorado College


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Professional Association Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Reviewer for the following professional journal

  • e-Learning, UK
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
  • Australian Journal of Language and Literacy

Invited Reviewer for Book Publisher

  • Teachers College Press, Language ad Literacy Series

Other Types of Reviews

  • AERA, Reviewer of Conference proposals



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Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Early childhood literacy
  • Urban Education
  • Literacy models and curricular initiatives
  • Diversity and schooling


Dr. Spencer's research interests include early childhood language and literacy studies, and the study of the relationship between policy and curriculum in urban public schools.



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