Spotlight on Dr. Ocheze Joseph

 A proud DC native, Dr. Ocheze Joseph currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs in American University’s School of Education Program.  Dr. Joseph has served in several K-12 roles including serving as a reading specialist, an assistant principal, and a Title I principal.   She also spent time teaching as a university lecturer at Vanderbilt University and an associate visiting professor at Howard University.

Dr. Joseph is passionate about teaching and learning in urban settings. Her areas of specialization are pre-service teacher development and mentoring, literacy and reading education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and family and community engagement. Her scholarly work focuses on the preparedness of pre-service teachers to teach literacy. 

 Dr. Joseph earned her bachelor's degree from Lincoln University, a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and her doctorate from The University of Maryland, College Park.