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Karen Bromley

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Graduate School of Education
Coordinator,"America Reads" program

Office: AB-243F
Phone: 607-777-2301
Fax: 607-777-3587
E-mail: kbromley@binghamton.edu

Educational Background

  • PhD, Early childhood/elementary education and reading, University of Maryland
  • MSEd, Reading, SUNY College at Potsdam
  • BS, Elementary education and history, SUNY College at Oswego

Teaching Profession
Courses regularly taught

  • Current Research and Practices in Literacy Instruction
  • Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents - See LTRC 517 for more information.
  • Teaching the Language Arts
  • Seminar and Practicum in Literacy Education
  • Assessment and Instruction of Students with Literacy Difficulties - See LTRC 518 for more information.
  • Seminar and Practicum in Writing - See EDUC 677 for more information

Current Research Interests

  • Effective comprehension and vocabulary instruction
  • Classroom literacy assessment and instruction

Positions in Higher Education

  • 2005-07         Director, Graduate Studies, GSE
  • 1998-2012 Literacy Program Coordinator, GSE
  • 1998-present America Reads Coordinator, GSE
  • 1978-present Assistant-1978, Associate-1985, Professor-1991
  • 1976-78         Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1975-76         Adjunct Faculty Member, Frostburg State College, Frostburg, Maryland

Professional Experience in Schools

  • 1974-76        Reading Specialist, K-6 Public and Parochial School;Alleghany County Board of Education, Cumberland, MD
  • 1966-74        Teacher, Grade 3, Knox Memorial Central School, Russell, NY and McNamara School, Baldwinsville, NY


  • Board of Directors, International Reading Association, 2009-2012
  • SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2006
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Graduate School of Education, SUNY Potsdam, 1998 
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Binghamton University, 1998
  • Outstanding Reading Educator, New York State Reading Association, 1992


  • Bromley, K. (2012).The next step in vocabulary instruction. New York: Scholastic. 
  • Bromley, K. (2009) (Ed.) Writing for educators: Personal essays and practical advice. Charlotte, N C: Information Age
  • Bromley, K. (2002). Stretching students’ vocabularies . New York: Scholastic.
  • Risko, V., & Bromley, K. (Eds.) (2001). Collaboration for diverse learners: Viewpoints and practices. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Bromley, K., & Modlo, M. (2001). Graphic organizers simplified, books A-D. Columbus, OH: Essential Learning Products.
  • Irwin-DeVitis, L., Bromley, K., & Modlo, M. (1999).  50 graphic organizers for reading, writing and more. New York: Scholastic.
  • Bromley, K. (1998). Language arts:Exploring connections, 3rd ed . Boston: Allyn & Bacon administrators. Needham Heights, MA: Christopher Gordon (In production).
  • Bromley, K. (1996). Webbing with literature: Creating story maps with children's books, 2nd ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Bromley, K., Irwin-DeVitis, L., & Modlo, M. (1995). Graphic organizers: Visual strategies for active learning, k-8. New York: Scholastic. (Reprinted in Chinese, 2005).
  • Bromley, K. (1993). Journaling: Engagements in reading, writing and thinking . New York: Scholastic.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • Bromley, K. (2012-13). "Using smartphones to supplement classroom reading." The Reading Teacher, 65 (8), 340-44.
  • Padak, N., Bromley, K., Rasinski, T., & Newton, E. (2012). "Vocabulary: Five common misconceptions." Educational leadership (Summer Edition Online).
  • Bromley, K. (2012). "The future of reading and writing." In (Eds.) J. Cassidy, S. Grote-Garcia, E. Martinez, & R. Garcia. What's hot in literacy 2012 yearbook (pp. 4-9).San Antonio, TX: The University of the Incarnate Word. http://www.texasreaders.org/yearbooks.html
  • Bromley, K. (2011). "Learning about the endangered librarian." The Language and Literacy Spectrum, 21, 3-11.
  • Bromley, K. (2011). "Best practices in teaching writing." In Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, 4th ed. (Eds.) L. Morrow & L. Gambrell. New York: Guilford (295-318).
  • Bromley, K. (2010). "The unanticipated future of reading and writing. "Journal of College Reading and Learning,41 (1), 97-108. (JCRL Article of the Year Award for 2010).
  • Bromley, K. (2009). "Vocabulary Instruction in the Secondary Classroom." In (Eds. S.R. Parris, D. Fisher, & K. Headley), Adolescent literacy field-tested: Effective solutions for every classroom. Newark, DE: IRA (58-69).
  • Bromley, K (2008). Presidential Address: The future of writing. In Navigating the literacy waters: Research, praxis & advocacy. 29th Yearbook of the College Reading Association. (Eds.) M. Foote, F. Falk-Ross, S. Szabo, & M. B. Sampson (pp.2-10).
  • Bromley, K., & McKeveny, L. (2008). "A school-university partnership to promote literacy." Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 2 (2), 77-90.
  • Bromley, K (2008). "Actively engaging middle school students with words." In (Eds.) K. Hinchman & H. Sheridan-Thomas, New York: Guilford, Best practices in literacy instruction, 99-113.
  • Kidd, J., & Bromley, K. (2008). “Promoting writing with reading and learning.) In (Eds.) S. B. Wepner,  D. S.  Strickland & J. T. Feeley, The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs, 4th ed. New York: Guilford, pp.157-169.
  • Bromley, K. (2007). “9 things every teacher should know about words and vocabulary instruction.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 50 (8), 528-539.



Last Updated: 3/20/14