Texas Tech University

Pamela Halsey, Ed.D.

Teacher Education Department

Email: pamela.halsey@ttu.edu

Office: Education 226


Pamela Halsey is an instructor in the Teacher Education Department in the College of Education at Texas Tech University where she teaches courses in content area literacy, middle-level ELA teaching methods, middle-level curriculum, and assessment. She also serves as the Middle-Level Program and Secondary Program Coordinator.  Prior to her work at Texas Tech, she taught thirteen years in middle-level schools and served as a reading specialist and faculty development provider in Texas.


  • Ed.D. (Curriculum & Instruction), Texas Tech University, 2001     Major: Curriculum and Instruction;    Minor: Language and Literacy (Dissertation: Exploring School-Family Partnerships: A Case Study of Teachers', Parents', and Students' Perceptions of Parental Involvement in a Middle Level School)
  • M.Ed. (Secondary Education), Tarleton State University, 1995
  • B.S. (Secondary Education), Howard Payne University, 1986

Areas of Expertise

  • Content Area Literacy for Middle Level Education
  • Middle School Teacher Education
  • Parental Involvement in Middle Level Schools

Selected Publications

Klinker, J., Watson, P.,  Furgeson, P., Halsey, P., & Janisch, C. (2010). Tipping

teachers toward change:  Developing leadership characteristics through book club. Teacher Education & Practice, 23 (1), 103-118.

Chen, X., & Halsey, P. (2009). Reading to learn on the Internet: Challenges, solutions, and implications. American Journal of Educational Studies, 2, 51-61.

Halsey, P. A., Watson, P. A., & Klinker, J. F. (2008). Collaborative professional development: Book clubs for preservice and inservice teachers. Middle Matters, 1-2.

Donalson, K., & Halsey, P. (2007). Adolescent readers' perceptions of remedial reading classes: A case study. Journal of Reading Improvement, 44, 1-12.

Halsey, P., & Elliott, S. (2007). Assessing textbook publishers' recommendations for using children's literature in science. Electronic Journal of Literacy through Science, 6, 26-40.

Halsey, P. (2005). Parent involvement in junior high schools: A failure to communicate. American Secondary Education, 34, 57-69.

Halsey, P. (2005). Assessing mathematics tradebooks: Which ones measure up? Reading Improvement, 42, 158-163.

Halsey, P. (2004). Nurturing parent involvement: Two middle level teachers share their secrets. The Clearing House, 77, 135-137.

Halsey, P. (2003). Self-Efficacy: One teacher's concern for reading improvement students. The Ohio Reading Teacher, 36, 49-54.