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Roya Scales

Roya Scales


College of Education and Allied Professions

School of Teaching and Learning

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2061
Office: 112 Killian Building


Roya Q. Scales, PhD, is a professor of Literacy Education at Western Carolina University. An educator for more than 20 years (11 as a K–2 classroom teacher), she is noted for her research on thoughtfully adaptive teaching, enactment of teachers’ visions, literacy teacher education, and effective teaching of literacy. Dr. Scales published two books in 2020: <i>Becoming a Metacognitive Teacher: A Guide for Early and Preservice Teachers</i> and <i>Teaching Reading and Writing PreK-3: A Practical Approach</i>. Other publications include 30 journal articles, three book chapters, and three yearbook chapters. She is currently Associate Editor for <i>Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties</i>. Recent awards include the 2022 Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers A.B. Herr Award for outstanding contributions to literacy education, 2019 American Educational Research Association Review of Research Award, 2019 Organization of Teacher Educators in Literacy Outstanding Research Article Award, <i>Action in Teacher Education</i> Editor’s Choice Award for a 2019 article, and the 2019 Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Teacher Education Research Grant.


  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MED, Gardner-Webb University
  • BSED, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching Interests

Dr. Scales teaches literacy education courses and enjoys a project-based approach.

Research Interests

Dr. Scales' research interests include teachers’ visions, how they are enacted in their teaching, teacher metacognition, and teacher development.

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