Wendy Gardiner

Associate Professor

Wendy Gardiner
  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Jolita Hylland Benson Chair in Elementary Education


  • Ed.D, Curriculum and Instruction, National Louis University
  • M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, National Louis University
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Ohio State University

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Literacy Teacher Education
  • Culturally Diverse Children's Literature
  • Equity Literacy
  • Mentoring


  • Responsive Mentoring: Supporting the Teachers all Students Deserve (Rowman and Littlefield 2020) : View Book

Selected Articles

  • Tondreau, A., Gardiner, W., White, K., Hinman, T., Dussling, T., Stevens, E., Degener, S., Wilson, N. "(Be)coming critical teacher educators: Collaborative self-study across contexts. Self-Study in Teacher Education." Self-Study in Teacher Education 2022: 61-79.
  • Gardiner, W. "Rehearsals in clinical placements: Scaffolding teacher candidates’ literacy instruction." The Teacher Educator 2019: 384-400.
  • Gardiner, W. & Weisling, N. "Challenges and complexities of building a mentoring practice: Insights from new mentors." International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education 2018: 329-342.
  • Gardiner, W. "Mentoring “inside” and “outside” the action of teaching: A professional framework for mentoring." The New Educator 2017: 53-71.
  • Gardiner, W. "Rehearsals as a mentoring strategy: Supporting teacher candidate practice “on the front end”." Teacher Education and Practice 2016: 359-372.
  • Gardiner, W. & Weisling, N. "Mentoring “inside” the action of teaching: Induction coaches’ perspectives and practices." Professional Development in Education 2016: 671-686.


Wendy Gardiner teaches literacy courses in the School of Education. She is also the co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation, Robert F. Noyce funded grant project, Pathways to Culturally Sustaining STEM Teaching with Drs. Simic-Muller and Munro. In this grant they recruit, prepare, and support new teachers’ implementation of ambitious and equitable STEM teaching in Title 1 schools. She regularly publishes in the areas of new teacher mentoring and literacy teacher education.

Before transitioning into literacy teacher education, Dr. Gardiner was a primary teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Her experiences working with students and families in schools and communities impacted by systemic inequities solidified her commitment to literacy as a central means to see one’s self, to see the world, and to increase life opportunities. Dr. Gardiner enjoys working with pre- and in-service teachers and strives to balance practical experiences in literacy instruction with a firm understanding of literacy research. Dr. Gardiner is also an active member in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Literacy Research Association (LRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the International Literacy Association (ILA).