Dr. Marie Ann Donovan is Associate Professor of Education in the School of Education at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Donovan’s extensive contribution to the field of education over the last thirty years includes having served as the Dean of Education, ad interim, at DePaul University from 2008 to 2009 and the Associate Dean for Curriculum, Programs and Accreditation the previous year. She also has acted in the capacity of Department Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Department Chair, and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education while continuing to teach as an Associate Professor at DePaul University. She has held positions at the Erikson Institute and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Donovan graduated cum laude from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York; completed her Master of Science in Education, summa cum laude in Reading Education, at Queens College of the City University of New York; and earned her Doctorate of Education from Harvard University.
Having taught at all university levels, Dr. Donovan has published numerous professional and creative works on improving curriculum, developing literacy, teacher education and professional development, trends in children’s literature, and many others. Dr. Donovan is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Illinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (President-elect, 2000-2002; President, 2002-2006), the Illinois Reading Council, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Reading Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and the National Council of Teachers of English.