Bonita Wilcox earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Language Communications and a minor in Reading from the University of Pittsburgh. Having received a teaching certificate in Comprehensive English from a state Teacher's College in the late 60s, and after 17 years of teaching secondary school English, she joined the higher education community. After many years of teaching graduate education and literacy courses at the university level, she began to focus on distance learning. With a major emphasis on teachers as practitioners and scholars, Dr. Wilcox has mentored doctoral learners through nearly a hundred dissertation studies. Currently, Dr. Wilcox serves as a Contributing Faculty member at Walden, in the role of a University Research Reviewer. Dr. Wilcox has served on the Board of Examiners for the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education; she has reviewed folios of graduate reading programs for the International Reading Association (now the International Literacy Association); she was the editor of English Leadership Quarterly, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, for seven years; she has published two books and many articles on teaching and learning; and she has presented at more than 20 conferences in the US and abroad.