What classes do you teach at AU?
EDU 550: Literacy Development for All Students
EDU 523: Literacy
EDU 501: Current Issues in Public School Education
When did you start teaching at AU?
Why teach at AU?
It is a privilege to be part of the faculty at AU as a Christian higher education institution. Being able to share my faith in Christ while teaching students through a biblical lens is an amazing opportunity and a great joy.
I enjoy spending quality time with my family, traveling, reading, following college sports, and playing the piano.
Notable achievements outside of discipline
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Greenville First Steps, Greenville, SC
Reading Across Cultures Grant Recipient
Creating Better Readers Grant Recipient
People might be interested to know I...
I have taught elementary, middle, and high school across Kentucky, West Virginia, and South Carolina. I have also been a school instructional coach and a school literacy specialist. I also served in higher education in West Virginia and South Carolina, including in academic leadership.
Places you've lived
Wiesbaden, Germany; Huntington, WV; Catlettsburg, KY; South Point, OH; Greenville, SC
What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?
The people. The students have been so welcoming. The faculty and staff have been so hospitable.
What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.
Teaching in education is a wonderful calling! Our field is in great need of more teachers. There is nothing like having the opportunity to work with learners and their families while impacting their lives. If anyone has ever considered entering the education field, let me encourage you to consider it once again.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
Lee, K. A., & Watts, J. L. D. (2018). The true focus for first-year principals. In D. Griffiths & S. Lowrey (Eds.), The leader reader: Narratives of experience (10-14). Burlington, Ontario: Word and Deed.
Richardson, J. W., Carr, M. L., & Watts, J. L. D. (2020). Developing culturally competent school leaders through study abroad. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, (Under review).
Richardson, J. W., Sterrett, W. L., & Watts, J. L. D. (2020). Challenges of digital principals. Journal of Educational Administration, (In preparation).
Watts, J. L. D., & Browne-Ferrigno, T. (2020). Favorable understandings of teacher retention in rural Appalachia. Journal of Research in Rural Education, (In preparation).
Watts, J. L. D. (2020). Including all families for learner success. In B. Carpenter, J. Mahfouz, & K. Robinson (Eds.), Supporting the well-being of leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age, (Under review).
Watts, J. L. D. (2016). An exploration of teacher retention in rural school districts in
eastern Kentucky (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from UKnowledge. (Access No. doi: