Susan Bennett-Armistead

Susan Bennett-ArmisteadAssociate Professor of Literacy
Phone: 207.581.2418

205 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5766

Bio: Susan Bennett-Armistead is associate professor of literacy at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. She served for five years as the Correll Professor of Early Literacy, which included an $80,000 award for research and promotion of early literacy initiatives over five years. Bennett-Armistead’s research interests include language and literacy acquisition in young children, the role of literacy instruction in Pre-K and kindergarten settings, relationships between family literacy volunteers and their literacy learners, and longitudinal analysis of teacher induction through professional development schools. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National and Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association, the International Reading Association, the New England Reading Association, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Ph.D., Michigan State University, Curriculum, Teacher Education and Policy with an emphasis in Literacy
B.S., Michigan State University, Child Development and Elementary Education

Sample publications


  • *Logue, M.E., Bennett-Armistead, V.S., & Kim, S.J. (in press). The Persona doll project: Promoting awareness of diversity among pre-service teachers through storytelling. Social Studies Research and Practice.
  • Blagojevic, B., Logue, M.E., Bennett-Armistead, V.S., Neal, E., &  Taylor, B. (in press). Take a look! Visual supports for learning. Teaching Young Children.
  • Forstadt, L., Bennett-Armistead, V.S., DellaMattera, J. & Doore, B. (2010). Creating Systems that Work: Navigating Parenting Education in Maine. A white paper prepared for the Maine Children’s Trust.
  • Bennett-Armistead, V.S. (2009). Literacy Building Play in Preschool. New York: Scholastic.
  • Bennett-Armistead, V.S., Duke, N.K. & Moses, A.M. (2007). Beyond Bedtime Stories: a parent’s guide to weaving literacy into the everyday lives of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. NY: Scholastic.
  • *Bennett-Armistead, V.S., Duke, N.K. & Moses, A.M. (May, 2007). Materials for reading A to Z: Ideas for families. Online journal of the National Association of the Education of Young Children
  • Bennett-Armistead, V.S., Duke, N.K. & Moses, A.M. (2005). Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best practices for early childhood educators. NY: Scholastic.


  • Duke, N.K., Moses, A.M., Billman, A.K., Zhang, S. & Bennett-Armistead, V.S. (2006). Promoting Emergent Literacy in Licensed Care. Michigan State University. (video and booklet)