Jean Marie Farrow

Jean Marie Farrow

Assistant Professor of Reading
Literacy Director of the Reading Specialist Program
Peter Sammartino School of Education



  • Diagnosis of Reading Problems
  • Correction of Reading Problems
  • Supervised Practicum in Reading


Dr. Farrow’s research is motivated to provide children most vulnerable to literacy problems meaningful opportunities to use and grow their literacy in empowering ways that ultimately can be transformative. Specifically, she studies the mechanism to support children’s language and literacy growth, how teachers can nurture children’s language and literacy growth across development, and how to support teachers to facilitate growth. Importantly, Dr. Farrow’s research takes a sociocultural lens, understanding that culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) children may have different ways of communicating and using language which facilitates different ways of thinking, being, and viewing the world. Her work is dedicated to combating deficit notions of CALD children’s language and advocating for anti-bias pedagogies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly(2020), Frontiers in Psychology(2021), and Topics in Language Disorder(2022).


  • PhD, Temple University
  • MA, Union University
  • BA, Rowan University

Academic Profile

Dr. JeanMarie Farrow is an Assistant Professor of Literacy/Reading and Director of the Reading Specialist program. She is currently working on research projects related to teacher and child conversations in early childhood classrooms with the aim of unearthing specific types of teacher feedback that may leverage children’s language growth. Prior to her position at FDU, Dr. Farrow was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a research scientist at Temple University’s College of Education and Human Development, where she also received her Ph.D. Importantly, Dr. Farrow was an early childhood teacher, and elementary and middle school literacy teacher for over 13 years in New Jersey.

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