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Sally Morrison, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education Emerita

On Faculty since 1997

Dr. Morrison considers teaching as a special calling, since God entrusts children to parents and special caregivers such as teachers. Her commitment to knowing children in order to help each one develop his or her own gifts, talents, and interests has led her through graduate schools and through service with children, families and teachers in both public and private schools. At Wheaton, she challenges and participates in their journey of meaning-making with many undergraduate elementary education students as they learn how to teach reading while learning how to reach young children. Her literacy and curriculum expertise has supported a partner school in District U-46 through a recent sabbatical. Beyond local partnerships, Dr. Morrison and a team of mentoring students engaged in curriculum development for HIV/AIDS prevention in South African schools. She truly cherishes this lifelong journey. She is traveling this journey with two sons, their spouses, two granddaughters and a wonderful, talented husband, Glenn. Dr. Morrison and her husband are also actively engaged in a large Evangelical church in the Chicago area.

Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL
Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 1996

Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL
M.S., Education, 1991

Illinois State University, Normal, IL
B.S., Elementary Education, 1974

  • Classroom Ethos
  • Literacy Development in Bilingual Classroom
  • Mentorship and Supervision
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction
  • Moral Development of Teachers
  • AIDS Curriculum in South Africa
  • Teaching Inquiry
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Teacher Education
  • Illinois Reading Association
  • International Community of Christian Teacher Educators
  • International Reading Association
  • National Association of Early Childhood Educators
  • Phi Delta Kappa

Lederhouse, J., & Morrison, S. The role of establishing and maintaining culturally responsive partnerships with public schools.
Paper presented at the Biennial Symposium of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education, Palos Heights, Il.

Lederhouse, J., & Morrison, S. The role of faith in establishing and maintaining culturally responsive partnerships with public schools
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, Illinois

Lederhouse, J., Egeland, P., & Morrison, S. Living out a liberal arts mindset in three communities: Fostering positive partnerships with the academy, P-12 partners, and accrediting bodies
Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE), Atlanta, Georgia

Where the rubber meets the road: The transforming power of faith beyond traditional courses
10th biennial conference of the International Community of Christian Teacher Educators, Azusa, California

Never underestimate the knock at the door: Forming a global partnership to impact peer educator preparation for HIV/AIDS prevention
The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois

  • Reading in the Elementary and Middle School
  • Literacy Assessment
  • Methods Practicum
  • Middle Grade Practicum
  • Student Teaching Supervision
  • Senior Seminar


  • Literacy assessment and instruction
  • Moral development of teachers
  • Mentorship and supervision
  • AIDS curriculum in South Africa

With Students:

  • Literacy development in the bilingual classroom
  • Teacher inquiry
  • Classroom ethos

A discourse of possibility: Questions that transform teachers’ practice, Critical Issues in Education
Morrison, S. E. & Lederhouse, J. N., 2011

Teaching Ms. Kerbin: A unique approach to student reflections and their use with preservice candidates, The Journal of Teacher Educators
Kuechle, J., Holzhauer, M., Lin, R., Brulle, A., & Morrison, S., 2010