Meet the Faculty

Dr. Diane Lowe

Program Coordinator and Advisor; Professor

BS, MA, EdD, University of Memphis


Dr. Diane Lowe is the elementary literacy specialist in the Education Department.  She teaches EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II and serves as the advisor to Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Literacy Association.  Dr. Lowe is coordinator of and advisor to the graduate Literacy and Language program.  She received the FSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006.

Dr. Lowe is active in many professional literacy organizations and has served as president of several: Nobscot Reading Council, MACURE (Massachusetts Association of College and University  Reading Educators), and the Massachusetts Reading Association.

Mary Canner, M.Ed.

Visiting Senior Instructor

BA, Brown University; MEd, Lesley University; CAGS, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Mary Canner currently teaches LTRC 910 Leadership and Consultation in the Language Arts and LTRC 952 Practicum in Literacy and Language Seminar.  She is also a consultant with Teachers21 where she provides professional development for schools and districts focused on effective leadership practices, developing professional learning communities, RTI, and best practices in literacy instruction. 

Ms. Canner was an elementary school principal where she provided leadership, learning opportunities, and coaching to her staff.  The school was one of 26 schools in the U.S. and Canada awarded the International Literacy Association’s Exemplary Reading Program Award.  Earlier in her career Mary served as a classroom teacher and reading specialist.

Dr. Martha Colwell

Visiting Associate Professor

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MSEd, University of South Maine; CAS, University of Maine; EdD, Nova Southeastern University


Dr. Martha Adam Colwell teaches LTRC 903 Assessment for Learning Styles and Strategies and LTRC 988 Practicum in Reading Enrichment with Seminar.  Martha began her career as a Title One high school English teacher in Maine where she also served on the School Board in Augusta, Maine.   Martha has held a variety of positions in public schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.  She was a second grade classroom teacher, an elementary reading specialist, a Title One Director, a Reading Recovery teacher, an elementary language arts curriculum chair, and an elementary principal.
Dr. Colwell served as president of the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) and is currently on the board of directors for both MRA and the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators (MACURE).   Martha co-authored a chapter in Understanding and Implementing Reading First Initiatives, edited by Carrice Cummins and frequently speaks at MRA and the International Literacy Association (ILA).

Dr. Patricia Kelley

Visiting Lecturer

B.A., Worcester State University; M.Ed. Framingham State University; Ed. D. Northeastern University


Dr. Kelley teaches LTRC 900 Research and Practice in Reading. Pattie works in the Milford Public Schools as a reading specialist. She is also the curriculum coordinator at Woodland Elementary School and the Title I Director for the Milford district. Her past experiences include being a full-inclusion classroom teacher; a middle-school reading specialist and language arts teacher; and the Reading, ELA, and Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor grades PreK-12.


Dr. Kelley serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) and co-chairs the exemplary reading committee. She is past president of the Nobscot Reading Council and serves as treasurer. She has presented locally at MRA and nationally at the International Literacy Association (ILA) on topics that include adolescent literacy and poetry integration in the content areas. Dr. Kelley has received prestigious awards including the Celebrate Literacy Award from ILA (2013), the Senator Louis Bertonazzi Outstanding Teacher Award (2016), and the Framingham State University Educator Alumni of the Year Award (2018).


Kelly Whitmore, M.Ed.

Visiting Lecturer

BA, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, MEd, Framingham State University; Elementary Principal License, MESPA/Northeastern University


Kelly Whitmore currently teaches LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction.  Kelly has been a classroom teacher, grades four through six, as well as a literacy coach.  While working in the classroom, Kelly chaired the literacy committee, coordinated the environmental program, and served as chair for two subcommittees while her school worked towards reaccreditation.  Kelly served as an assistant principal where she was the facilitator for Response to Intervention, Common Core Standards, bullying prevention, ANSWER Key for writing, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and differentiated instruction for both literacy and math centers.  Kelly currently serves as an elementary principal.