Mike Putman

Mike Putman
Department Chair & Professor
COED 367B
704-687-8019

S. Michael Putman is a professor and the department chair in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his twenty years in education, he has taught at a variety of levels, from preschool through doctoral-level classes. Dr. Putman has taught various courses in pedagogy, action research, and literacy at two different institutions during his career in higher education. Notably, he has served as an advisor for over 200 action research studies as well as over 100 behavioral intervention studies, all conducted by teachers. His research interests are focused on the development of teacher self-efficacy and intercultural competencies through field experiences, self-regulation, and the relationship of affective variables on literacy outcomes, including those associated with online inquiry. Dr. Putman has published five books, nine book chapters, and 22 journal articles. He has also published a variety of non-refereed articles, primarily describing methods to effectively integrate technology into literacy instruction. Dr. Putman currently serves a co-editor for Literacy Research and Instruction. He is an avid runner when not working and has completed 17 marathons.

Research Interests: 

Development of teacher self-efficacy and intercultural competencies through field experiences
Self-regulation
Relationship and impact of affective variables on literacy outcomes, including those associated with online inquiry

Education: 

Ph.D. - Ball State University, 2004, Elementary Education (Cognates: Reading, Educational Psychology)
Master of Arts in Education - Ball State University, 1999, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
B.A. - S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo, 1993, Mathematics

Projects: 

Development of teacher self-efficacy and intercultural competencies through field experiences
Self-regulation
Relationship and impact of affective variables on literacy outcomes, including those associated with online inquiry

Teaching: 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Critical Issues in Elementary School Professional Development and Teacher Learning
Introduction to Education and Diversity
Diverse Learners 
Instructional Design and Technology Integration in Elementary Schools
Multicultural Education: Modifying Instruction for Urban Learners
Integrating Curriculum for Diverse Elementary School Learners
Current Issues in Global and Urban Elementary Schools
Classroom Management and Leadership for Diverse Learners
Teacher Inquiry and Data Analysis in the Elementary Classroom    

Ball State University 
Immersive Instruction in the Elementary School 
Instruction in the Elementary Education Classroom
Senior Seminar in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Basic Concepts in Elementary Education
Discipline and Classroom Management
Education in a Diverse Society
The Effective Use of Technology in the Elementary School    
Research in Elementary Education
The Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School
The History of Reading Instruction

Community Involvement: 

Tan Kap Vini & Elon Homes for Children, Faculty Advisor (2015-present)
Lake Norman Charter School, Elementary School Planning Committee, Member (2015-present)
Lake Norman Charter School, School Board Member (2013-2016)
Lake Norman Charter School, Cross-Cultural Committee, Chair (2013-2016), Member (2013-present)
Lake Norman Charter School, Technology Committee, Member (2013-2016)
Fireside International, Director of Research & Development (2010-2011)

Awards & Honors: 

Distance-Educator.com Research Article of the Week: Redefining Online Discussions: Using Participant Stances to Promote Collaboration and Cognitive Engagement, 2012
Journal of Research in Childhood Education’s most downloaded article in 2011: Motivating children to read and write: Using informal learning environments as contexts for literacy instruction 
Ball State University, Department of Elementary Education Research Award, 2010-2011
Ball State University, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006-2007

Selected Publications: 

Siwatu, K., Putman, S. M., Starker, T., & Lewis, C. (in press). The Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Self-Efficacy Scale: Development and initial validation. Urban Education. DOI: 10.1177/0042085915602534

Putman, S. M., & Rock, T. (2017). Improving teaching and learning: Using self-regulation to engage in strategic action research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Petty, T.M., Good, A., & Putman, S. M. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of research  on professional development for quality teaching and learning. 
Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Putman, S. M., & Handler, L. K. (2016). Multi-semester community building in higher education: Examining the impact on teacher education candidates’ development and teaching self-efficacy. In T. M. Petty, A. Good, & S. M. Putman (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Professional Development for Quality Teaching and Learning (pp. 346-369). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Putman, S. M., Cassady, J. C., Smith, L. L., & Heller, M. L.  (2015). Removing barriers: Using a PDS model to enable collaborative community and school partnerships to serve at-risk students. In D. Polly, T. Heafner, M. C. Spooner, & M. Chapman (Eds.) Professional Development Schools and Transformative Partnerships (pp. 157-174). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Putman, S. M., Wang, C., & Ki, S. (2015). Assessing the Validity of the Cross-Cultural Survey of Online Reading Attitudes and Behaviors With 
American and South Korean Fifth- and Sixth-Grade Students. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33, 403-418. 
DOI: 10.1177/0734282914564038

Coiro, J., & Putman, S. M. (2014). Teaching students to self-regulate during online inquiry. In K. Wood, J. Paratore, R. McCormack, & B. Kissel (Eds.) What's new in literacy teaching? IRA E-ssentials series. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Putman, S. M. (2014). Exploring dispositions towards online reading: Analyzing the Survey of Online Reading Attitudes and Behaviors. Reading Psychology, 35, 1-31. 

Putman, S. M. (2013). Measuring practicing and prospective elementary teachers’ efficacy for classroom management: A preliminary development and validation study. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 59(3), 420-441.

Putman, S. M., Ford, K., & Tancock, S. (2012). Redefining online discussions: Using participant stances to promote collaboration and cognitive engagement. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24, 151-167.

Putman, S. M. (2012). Investigating teacher efficacy: Comparing preservice and inservice teachers with different levels of experience. Action in Teacher Education, 34(1), 26-40.

Putman, S. M., & Walker, C. (2010). Motivating children to read and write: Using informal learning environments as contexts for literacy instruction. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 24, 140-151.

Putman, S. M., & Kingsley, T. (2009). The Atoms Family: Using podcasts to enhance the development of science vocabulary. The Reading Teacher, 63(2), 100-108.