Peggy Lisenbee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Early Education

Department of Literacy and Learning

Peggy Lisenbee, Ph.D.

MCL 908-I



Peggy Lisenbee's background is in child development and early childhood curriculum. She teaches in both online and face-to-face courses on topics related to early childhood development, early childhood education, lifespan development, play, and literature for young children. Before working in higher education, she was a parent educator, child care director, child development specialist, and taught young children in various positions in child care centers and in a public school. She enjoys researching teachers' use of technology in early childhood classrooms, specifically use of interactive whiteboards, Google tools, and iPads. Additionally, she researches student-centered active learning processes, teacher action research, literacy strategies for struggling readers, pedagogy, and socially supportive learning environments in early childhood. She presents research findings at international, national, state, and regional conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed professional journals such as Young Children, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Journal of Literacy and Technology. She remains current with issues through her research, volunteering in public schools, and presenting at professional workshops.


Ph.D., Curriculum & Social Foundations, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2009
M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1992
B.S., Family Relations & Child Development, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1985


Technology Use and Integration; Early Childhood Curriculum; Literacy; STEM activities including Coding and Robotics; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Classroom Management

Latest Articles

Sidewalk sight words: Outdoor literacy day activities.
Early Years: Journal of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. (2018)
Peggy S. Lisenbee

Engaging students in traditional and digital storytelling to make connections between pedagogy and children's experiences
Early Childhood Education Journal (2018)
Peggy S. Lisenbee, Carol M. Ford

Generation gap between students' needs and teachers' use of technology in classrooms,
Journal of Literacy and Technology (2016)
Peggy S. Lisenbee

Geocaching is catching student's attention in the classroom, The Geography Teacher
The Geography Teacher (2015)
Peggy S. Lisenbee


Reconceptualization of field experiences to construct a rich understanding of self-efficacy and effective pedagogy
in Effective Teaching: Educators Perspective of Meaning Making in Higher Education, | Information Age Publishing (2018)
Peggy S. Lisenbee

The more things change, the more they stay the same
in A Life of Inquiry: 29 Invitations from Faculty Members at the University of Tulsa, Volume 2 | The University of Tulsa (2016)
Peggy S. Lisenbee

Appendix A--Ethnographic research fieldnotes
in Early Childhood Teacher Research: From Questions to Results | Routledge (2012)
Peggy S. Lisenbee

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Literacy Educators and Researchers
  • International Literacy Association
  • International Society of Technology in Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Texas Association for Literacy Educators
  • Texas Computer Education Association

Honors & Awards

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Texas Woman's University (2018)
  • Judy Richardson Literacy as a Living Legacy Award, Association for Literacy Educators and Researchers (2016)