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Shonna Crawford, Ph.D.

Education Department: Trask 201V |

Currently, Dr. Shonna Crawford is enjoying her 11th year here at Evangel University where she invests in future teachers, educators working toward Reading Specialist certification, and doctoral students writing dissertations. Dr. Crawford serves as chair of Evangel’s Education Department. Most recently, she was recognized by Springfield Business Journal as one of Springfield’s 20 Most Influential Women in 2021 for her commitment to ongoing community service and leadership. While earning her Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Literacy and Early Childhood from the University of Missouri, Shonna was awarded the Gary Moorman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award from American Reading Forum. Additionally, Dr. Crawford received Evangel University’s Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award and was included in the 2017 class of 40 Under 40 by Springfield Business Journal. Dr. Crawford loves leading students alongside her husband, Michael, on international service trips focused on education. Her experiences as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, professional development presenter, educational leader, and mom to two teenagers, Gavin and Aubree, bring her ongoing joy and abundant blessings. Shonna most enjoys building positive relationships and empowering educators to impact the next generation of world-changers.

Professional Memberships & Noteworthy Community Involvement

Education Department, Weller Partner in Education

Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee

Assemblies of God Church Member

MACTE: Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education

NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English

Education Service Trip Leader for Global Connections [Belize & Indonesia]

Chair, Teacher Education Committee for Standards and Approval

Evangel University Planning Council

College of Adult and Graduate Studies Council

Academic Council

University Assessment Team: Liaison to Communication, Humanities, & Education

Consultant and University Representative for various local school district committees

Youth Dream Team: James River Church

Awards Received

Springfield Business Journal, 20 Most Influential Women of 2021

Honoring Excellence and Ongoing Support Award, Springfield Public Schools, January 2019

“The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education gratefully acknowledges Dr. Shonna Crawford, Evangel University. With appreciation for your support of Weller Elementary School through the Half Hour Heroes initiative.”

Springfield Business Journal, Class of 2017 40 Under 40, 2017

Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award, Evangel University, 2016

Gary Mooman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Scholarship Award, American Reading Forum, 2014

Links to Personal Website and/or Social Media Profiles

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter @shonnacrawford

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