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Kim K. Winter, Ph.D.

Kim Winter

Professor, Dean & Professor

College of Education and Allied Professions

School of Teaching and Learning

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3306
Office: 204 Killian Building
Pronouns: she, her, hers


Kim K. Winter is Dean and Professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University. Dr. Winter’s research expertise includes the induction and retention of teachers, preservice teacher analysis and reflection on teaching, performance-based assessment in teacher education, and middle grades teacher preparation. She has remained an active scholar since becoming a full-time administrator and has secured grant funds in excess of 2 million since 2005. Dr. Winter’s teaching expertise includes middle level curriculum and instruction, language arts and literacy methods, young adolescent development, English Learner methods, and young adult literature. Winter has served on the NC State Board of Education Literacy Task Force, the Association for Middle Level Education’s Program Review Board and Professional Preparation Advisory Committee, as well as the Language Arts Advisory Council for the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s and doctorate in Curriculum with a specialization in English from Indiana State University. Additionally, Dr. Winter has taught elementary and middle school in both Texas and Indiana.


  • Ph D, Indiana State University, Curriculum and Instruction, English
  • MED, Indiana State University, Curriculum and Instruction, English
  • BS, University of Texas Austin, Applied Learning and Development, English & Spanish

Teaching Interests

Middle Grades Philosophy<br>Young Adolescent Development<br>Curriculum and Instruction<br>Differentiated Instruction<br>English Language Learners<br>Language Arts and Writing Methods (grades 4-8)<br>Content Area Literacy (middle and secondary)

Research Interests

Performance-Based Assessment in Teacher Education<br><br>Preservice teacher development<br><br>Induction and retention of teachers<br><br>Digital video analysis of and reflection on teaching among preservice teachers

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