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Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research - Jie Zhang

Dr. Jie Zhang

Dr. Jie Zhang

Assistant Professor

Office:  Gary A. Ransdell Hall - Room 3088
Phone:  270-745-2933


Ph.D. Educational Psychology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Educational Psychology - Beijing Normal University

B.S. Psychology - Beijing Normal University


Dr. Jie Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at Western Kentucky University, teaching master and doctoral level courses in research methods, program evaluation, and statistics. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois before she joined WKU in 2010.

Courses Taught

  • EDFN 500: Research Methods
  • EDFN 501: Educational Statistics
  • EDLD 731/732: Program Evaluation for Educational Leaders

Research Interests

Language and literacy development, bilingualism, classroom discourse, critical thinking

Selected Publications

Zhang, J., & Stahl, K. A. D. (In press). Collaborative Reasoning: Language-rich discussions for English language learners. The Reading Teacher.

Zhang, J., Anderson, R.C., Wang, Q., Packard, J., Wu, X., Tang, S., & Ke, X. (In press). Insight into the structure of compound words among speakers of Chinese and English. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Zhang, J., Anderson, R.C., Li, H., Dong, Q., Zhang, Y, & Wu, X. (2010). Cross-language transfer of insight into the structure of compound words. Reading and Writing, 23, 311-336.


International Reading Associate Outstanding Dissertation Finalist, 2010

Outside Interests

Music, reading, outdoors (camping, hiking)

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