- PH.D.-2002, University of Texas at Austin
- M.A.-1995, University of Texas at Austin
- B.A.-1987, University of Texas at Austin
Julie Pennington is a professor of literacy studies in the College of Education and director of the Center for Learning and Literacy. She has focused on the areas of literacy and diversity throughout her career as a classroom teacher and literacy intervention teacher for fourteen years and currently as a teacher educator and researcher. Her research interests include the use of autoethnography in teacher education and pursuing questions related to how teachers approach literacy instruction in linguistically and culturally diverse settings. She is the author of two books, The Colonization of Literacy Education, Educating for Critical Democratic Literacy, and several articles and book chapters focused on issues related to literacy instruction in diverse settings.