Dinah Volk is Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, College of Education, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. During the fall 2013 semester, she was a Visiting Professor, Early Childhood Program, Teachers College, Columbia University. A former teacher at the preschool and primary levels in the US and Latin America, her ethnographic research focuses on the languages and literacies of young bilingual children, family engagement, and culturally relevant teaching. Dr. Volk's work has been published in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Young Children, Anthropology & Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, LIteracy, Multicultural Education, and Research in the Teaching of English, among others.

With Gregory and Long she is co-editor of Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers, and Communities and of a special issue of the JECL on syncretism. With Lytra and Gregory she is co-editor of Navigating Languages, LIteracies, and Identities: Religion in Young Lives. She is editing a special issue of Early Years on transformative and critical perspectives and practices in Early Childhood Education in the US.

Dr. Volk was awarded CSU's Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2011 and is past chair of the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English and a member of the NCTE-funded project, Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching.
BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 1968
MS, Bank Street College of Education, NYC, NY 1973
PhD, New York University, NYC, NY 1984
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
languages and literacies of young bilingual children
family engagement
culturally relevant teaching
ethnographic research in classrooms, homes, and community settings