Teaching Faculty III
G135 Stone Building
Dr. Phyllis Underwood is a Teaching Faculty II in Elementary Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the examination of culturally responsive teaching practices and the effect of these practices on reading skill growth of elementary grade students. Previously, as research faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, she directed multiple federally- and state-funded grant projects examining child-by-instruction interactions in literacy for grades one through five. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Elementary School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, and Reading Teacher.
Dr. Underwood teaches classes such as Differentiating Reading Instruction, Differentiating Instruction, and Early Literacy Reading. Additionally, she is a member of The Women for Florida State University, Executive Committee, the College Chapter Director of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Alpha Sigma Chapter and a lifetime member of the Florida State University Alumni Association. She is also a mentor at Hartsfield Elementary School.
She earned her Ph.D. in Education, Reading and Language Arts, her M.S. in Elementary Education and her B.S. in Criminology from FSU.