Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Chair of MEd in Literacy
Office: Peterson Hall 409
Education: BA, Yale University, 1990; MA, University of Colorado, 1996; PhD, University of Washington, 2004. At SPU since 2004.
Scott Beers has been at Seattle Pacific since 2004, after receiving his PhD in education from the University of Washington. Dr. Beers first became interested in education while teaching a freshman composition class as a graduate student in English literature. Why did these otherwise successful students struggle so much with writing? How had they been taught, and how should they have been taught? His interest in writing development and literacy instruction increased while teaching at a school for children with reading and writing disabilities, as he saw the academic and emotional effects poor literacy skills had on these students. Currently, Dr. Beers’ teaching and research focus broadly upon literacy instruction. As Chair of Seattle Pacific’s Masters in Literacy program, Dr. Beers primarily teaches graduate-level courses to current teachers working to deepen their knowledge of literacy development and to hone their instruction. His research has recently focused on writing development, and as of 2011, Dr. Beers has been collaborating with an NIH-funded research team to learn more about identifying and remediating writing disabilities. Dr. Beers grew up in the Seattle area, and he loves taking his family on outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
- Beers, S. F., & Nagy, W. (2011). "Writing Development in Four Genres From Grades Three to Seven: Syntactic Complexity and Genre Differentiation." Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 24, 183-202.
- Berninger, V.W., Nagy, W., & Beers, S. F. (2011). "Developing Writers’ Sentence and Syntactic Awareness: Constructing and Combining Sentences." Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 24, 151-182.
- Beers, S. F., Quinlan, T., & Harbaugh, G. (2010). "Adolescent Students’ Reading During Writing Behaviors and Relationships With Text Quality: An Eyetracking Study." Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 23, 743-775.
- Beers, S. F., & Nagy, W. (2009). "Syntactic Complexity as a Predictor of Adolescent Writing Quality: Which Measures? Which Genre?" Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 185-200.
Please view Dr. Beers' C.V. (PDF) for additional publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
Scott Beers, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Chair, MEd in Literacy
"I have long believed that I am called to teach. Challenging students with new ideas and creating activities that help them learn is a life-giving experience for me. I aim to inspire and equip my students to help children become better readers and writers. It is a privilege to teach SPU students who will dramatically improve the lives of young people."