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Shonna Crawford, Ph.D.

Education Department Chair, Coordinator of Graduate Literacy Program

Education Department: Trask 201V


Ph.D. Learning, Teaching & Curriculum: Literacy. 2015, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

M.Ed. Education in Reading. 2003, Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri.

B.S. Elementary Education. 2000, Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Elementary Teacher’s Certificate: Grades 1-6

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: K-12 Special Reading Certificate


Shonna Crawford’s journey in higher ed began with an undergraduate degree in elementary education at Evangel University where she met her husband, Michael. After graduation, she began teaching third grade at a high-poverty school and during her first three years of teaching, earned a Master’s degree in Reading Education and became a certified Reading Specialist. Shonna soon thereafter became a literacy coach for teachers. During this time Michael and Shonna’s family grew with the addition of a baby boy and then a baby girl! With two preschoolers at home, Shonna left public schools to work for Missouri Reading Initiative (MRI) as a literacy trainer. She traveled to schools throughout Southwest Missouri teaching and modeling reading and writing workshop. In 2015, Dr. Crawford completed her PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with an emphasis in Literacy and Early Childhood. Currently, she is enjoying her 9th year as Professor of Education in Literacy at EU where she enjoys working with preservice teachers, graduate and doctoral students. Dr. Crawford serves as coordinator of the Master of Education in Literacy program at EU. In 2016, Dr. Crawford was awarded Evangel University’s Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award. Two years ago, Shonna was welcomed into the 2017 class of 40 Under 40 by Springfield Business Journal. Shonna most enjoys spending time with her family: Michael, Gavin (15), and Aubree (13). She also thrives on leading service trips with a focus on education, serving at James River Church, and leading Evangel’s education department as Chair.

Professional Memberships & Noteworthy Community Involvement
Education Department, Weller Partner in Education
NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
AERA: American Educational Research Association
Education Service Trip Leader for Global Connections [Belize & Indonesia]
Chair, Teacher Education Committee for Standards and Approval
University Planning Council
College of Adult and Graduate Studies Council
University Assessment Team
EU Initiative: Employee Engagement Team
Consultant and University Representative for various local school district committees.
Dream Team: James River Church

Awards Received
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.
Gary Mooman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Scholarship Award, American Reading Forum, 2014.
Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award, Evangel University, 2016.

Links to Personal Website and/or Social Media Profiles
Instagram @shonnacrawford
Facebook: Shonna Crawford