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Laurie Stowell

Dr. Laurie Stowell, Ph. D.

Laurie Stowell has been a professor of literacy in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos since 1992. She received her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in language, literature and reading.  Prior to that she taught middle school, sixth and eighth grade, for eleven years in Columbus, Ohio. At Cal State San Marcos, her primary responsibilities are teaching language and literacy courses in the middle level and multiple subjects (elementary) credential program, children's literature at the introductory and advanced level as well as other courses in the master’s program.  Dr. Stowell also founded and directs the San Marcos Writing Project, one of over  200 writing project sites in the United States.  Her research interests are children’s literature, writing, middle level literacy and assessment.  Publications include middle school journals, teacher education journals, a co-authored book and book chapters for practicing teachers and she has presented at numerous state and national conferences. She has also worked with elementary, middle and high school teachers in San Diego and Riverside County to plan and implement reading strategies and the teaching of writing. She was selected as the Outstanding Professor of the year at Cal State San Marcos in 1997, received the CSU Wang Family Excellence Award in 2005 and the California Teachers of English Classroom Excellence Award in 2008.



Erika Daniels, Ed.D.
Literacy Education

Erika graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in General Studies (for Elementary Education) and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction. She then received an Ed.D from the University of San Diego and San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program with an emphasis in Literacy. 

Since 1998, Erika has held a wide variety of teaching positions in public education ranging from kindergarten to middle school to alternative high school.  After leaving the full-time K-12 classroom in 2008, Erika became a member of the faculty at CSUSM. In that position she works with a wide range of students including:

  • Undergraduates in an Applied Child and Adolescent course
  • Credential students in Literacy Methods courses
  • Masters students in Literacy courses and thesis advising
  • Doctoral students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with the University of California, San Diego

Erika has presented at the local, state, national, and international level around her research interests. Those interests are twofold and explore literacy practices for reluctant and disengaged learners and as well as how the context of schooling fosters or hinders the motivation of young adolescents.


Patricia Stall

Patricia Stall, Ph. D.
Professor, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, CSUSM

Pat Stall earned her Ph.D. in Childhood and Multicultural Education at the University of New Mexico. Pat has two master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and the other in curriculum and instruction. At CSUSM, Pat has taught courses in the Single Subject, M.A., and the Ed.D. programs. She has served in administrative positions as the coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program and as the interim associate dean of the former College of Education. Prior to coming to CSUSM, Pat developed and administered a bachelor’s degree program in education for the University of New Mexico at its branch campus in Gallup, NM. As an extension of that program, she also developed a Master of Arts program, which was based on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions. In addition, Pat has experience teaching high school reading and English and coordinating Title I Reading Programs. Her research and creative activities focus on social justice issues, such as the effects of teacher expectations on student achievement, teacher autonomy and motivation, effective teaching for English Learners, and closing the achievement gap.