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Patricia Leek

Patricia Leek

Senior Lecturer I - Interdisciplinary Studies

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction;Linguistics
University of North Texas - 2000
M.A. - Liberal Arts and Music with emphasis in Music Theory
Southern Methodist University - 1991


Senior Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas [2001–Present]
University of North Texas [2000–2001]
Student Teaching Supervisor
University of North Texas [1992–1995]
Teaching Fellow/Adjunct
University of North Texas [1991–2000]
Reading Diagnostician/Child and Family Resource Clinic
University of North Texas [1991–1993]
Substitute Teacher and Graduate Student
St. Rita's Catholic School and St. Monica's Catholic School, Dallas, Texas [1988–1991]
St. Bernard's Catholic School, Dallas, Texas [1986–1988]
Fairfield Union Junior High School, Rushville, Ohio [1982–1986]
Substitute Teacher
Lancaster, Ohio area [1981–1982]

Additional Information


I have a multi-faceted background in the field of education. I have been an elementary and middle school teacher, and I am reading specialist (Texas certified in elementary, all-level ESL, and professional reading specialist). At the University of Texas at Dallas, I have had the opportunity to help develop an elementary certification program and teach in my areas of interest, which include reading and children’s literature. Through the University of North Texas I had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses in elementary, secondary, and reading teacher education for certification at both the Masters and Undergraduate levels. I have also worked as a reading diagnostician at the Child and Family Resource Clinic. In addition, I have been a “Professional Development School Scholar,” thus teaching and supervising student teachers in two of UNT’s Professional Development School programs (Dallas and Ryan High School). My concentration in linguistics and experience in developmental education have framed my concern for diversity issues in the field of education. I have worked successfully with diverse student populations and have done research in this area.

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Reading Conference
  • NWAVE (Sociolinguistics Organization)
  • Linguistics Society of America
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Jennings Scholar (1986)
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas (1994-1995)
  • Outstanding Mentor Teacher, Discovery Program, University of North Texas (1996)
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student in Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Texas (1998-1999)