Nita Schmidt

Role: Higher Education

Renita is an associate professor in the department of Teaching and Learning at The University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from Iowa in 2005 after a successful career as an elementary teacher in a number of Iowa school districts: Mount Pleasant, Spencer, and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Before returning to Iowa in 2011, Dr. Schmidt worked as an assistant professor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. Schmidt's research focuses on the methods and materials elementary teachers use for reading and writing instruction. She is particularly interested in how teachers use children's literature for reading and writing instruction and the multimodal responses children give to literature. Her work is published in the Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, and English Journal. Renita loves working with pre-service and in-service teachers in professional development settings, and she is currently co-director of the Strong Girls Read Strong Books book club working with 4th-6th grade girls reading and responding to literature.