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. Lori DiGisi

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Lehigh University; MA, George Washington University; Ed.D. Harvard University


Lori DiGisi teaches LTRC 901 Integrating the Language Arts. Dr. DiGisi works in the Framingham Public Schools as an ELA Department Head. She has extensive experience in the public schools as a classroom teacher, special educator, literacy specialist, STEM Coordinator and Curriculum Director. She was a researcher at Education Development Center and led the development of Model Curriculum Units for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has served as a college visiting lecturer and a university supervisor of student teachers.

Dr. DiGisi serves on the board of directors of the International Literacy Association (2014-2017). She is a past president of the Massachusetts Reading Association and the International Reading Association Secondary Reading Interest Group. She has written for Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week Blog on English learners and has published in Educational Leadership, Exceptional Children, and Journal of Research in Science Teaching. She is a frequent presenter at the International Literacy Association and state literacy councils across the country.

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.