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Donna Sayers Adomat
Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Wright Ed Bldg 3010
Phone : (812) 856-8258
Fax: (812) 856-8287
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Department:  Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
Affiliations:  Elementary Education


I am an Associate Professor in LCLE and teach undergraduate and master's/doctoral courses in literacy methods as well as Trade Books in the Elementary School, Books for Reading Instruction, Multicultural and International Literature for Children and Young Adults, and Contemporary Issues in Literature for Children and Young Adults.

I have over 20 years of school-based experience as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and language arts supervisor. I also taught English as a Foreign Language in Germany.

My research is in the field of children's literature, particularly multicultural and international literature. My current research explores how disability is portrayed in children's and young adult literature. I am also interested in how young children, particularly those who have been labeled as "struggling" readers, can expand and express their meaning making in classrooms through literature discussions, drama, art, and inquiry.


Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.S.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University

Diplom, Universität Witten-Herdecke, Germany

A.B., Bryn Mawr College


Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, School of Education, 2013

Fellow, International Youth Library (Internationale Jugendbibliothek), Blutenburg Castle, Munich, Germany, 2011-2012

Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, Literature, American Educational Research Association, 2007

Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, Distinguished Finalist, International Reading Association, 2007


Adomat, D.S. (2014). Exploring issues of disability in children's literature discussions. Disability Studies Quarterly.

Adomat, D.S. (2012). Becoming characters: Deepening young children's literary understanding through drama. Journal of Children's Literature, 38(1), 44-51.

Adomat, D.S. (2012). Depictions of disability in international picturebooks. Das Bücherschloß ["Book Castle," Germany], 2011, 109-113.

Adomat, D.S. (2012). Drama's potential for deepening young children's understanding of stories. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40 (6), 343-350.

Adomat, D.S. (2010). Dramatic interpretations: Performative responses in picturebook read-alouds of young children. Children's Literature in Education, 41(3), 207-221.

Adomat, D.S. (2009). Actively engaging with stories through drama: Portraits of two struggling readers. The Reading Teacher, 62(8), 628-636.

Adomat, D.S. (2009). Issues of disabilities in Cynthia Voigt's Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Chris Crutcher's The Crazy Horse Electric Game, The ALAN Review, 36(2), 40-48.

Adomat, D.S. (2007). Through characters' eyes: How drama helps young readers understand stories from the inside out. 56th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, 68-80.



    • National Council of Teachers of English, Children's Literature Assembly: Oversee Children's Literature Assembly's administrative activities and conference presentations.
    • Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education: Elementary Program Area Group
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