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Erica Holyoke PhD

Assistant Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

Erica Holyoke joined the School of Education & Human Development in 2022 as an assistant professor in the Responsive Literacy Education program.
Prior to coming to CU Denver, Dr. Holyoke was an assistant professor in Elementary and Special Education at Keene State College in New Hampshire, a literacy coordinator, literacy coach, and assistant principal in Texas, and an elementary classroom teacher and special education teacher in Massachusetts and Texas. Her research has focused on early literacies in classrooms and teacher preparation. She investigates justice and equity-centered literacy learning, instruction, and learning communities. Her work also examines agency and activism in children's literature, classrooms, and preparation programs. Dr. Holyoke's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored books.
Dr. Holyoke enjoys playing soccer, and hiking with her family and dogs in the Colorado mountains. She is eager to be joining the University of Colorado Denver school and community.

Areas of Expertise

  • Early literacies
  • Literacy Teacher Preparation and Early Writing Development
  • Restorative Classroom Literacy Communities
  • Activism and Agency in Teaching and Teacher Preparation
  • Critical Literacies and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in
  • Teaching and Teacher Development

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, focus Language and Literacy Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Literacies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in Multicultural Special Education, The Univesity of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies; Child Development, Tufts University


  • EC-12 Special Educator and ESL Generalist
  • EC-12 Principal Certification
  • Restorative Justice Educator
  • Master Reading Teacher / Reading Specialist



  • 2023 - Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant - California State University
  • 2022 - Faculty Development Award - Keene State College
  • 2020 - Literacy Research Association Annual Conference - Area 5. Early and Elementary Literacy Processes Paper Award
  • 2020 - O.L. Davis, Jr. Laureate Doctoral Scholarship - Kappa Delta Pi
  • 2020 - Carolyn J. and John H. Young Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2019 - Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Graduate Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin


  • Literacy Research Association
  • American Education Research Association
  • International Literacy Association
  • National Council for Teachers of English

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