Dr. Joy Towner

Education Department Chair, Professor

Dr. Joy Towner began her professional teaching career in District 205 in Elmhurst, IL, where she served as a classroom teacher and eventually as the building reading specialist. She holds an M.S. Ed. in Reading Education from Northern Illinois University and is a trained Reading Recovery teacher. Her Ed.D. was earned in the first cohort of Judson’s Doctor of Education in Literacy Program.

Dr. Towner developed the “Letter to Parents” that was incorporated into the Tugg and Teeny series of books published by Sleeping Bear Press. She speaks regularly at literacy conferences throughout the United States and assists in directing Judson’s Literacy in Motion Conference as well as the A Day at Judson seminar series. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling, reading, and playing games with her family.

  • B.S. in Elementary Education – the University of Illinois
  • M.S. in Reading Education – Northern Illinois University
  • Reading Recovery Training – Governors State University

Literacy, Reading adolescent and juvenile literature, Watching football 

Illinois Reading Council (IRC); International Reading Association (IRA); National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)