Katherine Glenn-Applegate

Director, Early Childhood Program, Associate Professor of Education


M.Ed., Plymouth State University

Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Katherine Glenn-Applegate earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology. Glenn-Applegate teaches early childhood methods, focusing on math, science, and social studies, and has been the director of the Early Childhood Program since 2014. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Glenn-Applegate’s research interests include preschool quality and access, and specifically, how parents and other caregivers learn about and select a preschool for their children. Prior to academia, she taught young children in New Hampshire and Boston.

Publications / Presentations

  • Glenn-Applegate, K. & Hall, K. L. (2017). Child’s Best Friend: Preparing for and Reaping the Benefits of a Dog in School. Teaching Young Children, 10(3), 23-26.
  • Glenn- Applegate, K. & Hall, K. L. (2016). Child’s Best Friend: Is a Dog Visitor a Good Fit for Our Preschool? Teaching Young Children, 10(2), 11-13 
  • Glenn-Applegate, K., Justice, L. M., & Kaderavek, J. (2016).  How do caregivers select preschools?  A study of children with and without disabilities.  Child and Youth Care Forum, 45(1), 123-153. DOI: 10.1007/s10566-015-9322-1
  • Glenn-Applegate, K.  (November, 2015).  Strategies for Encouraging Professional Dispositions in Pre- and In-Service Teacher Candidates.  Poster session at the 2015 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Expo: The Power of the Profession, Orlando, FL.
  • Glenn-Applegate, K. (2015, April 1).  If an expert in day care can’t find a good one, can anyone? [New York Times “Motherlode” Blog].  Retrieved from http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/if-an-expert-in-preschool-cant-find-a-good-one-can-anyone/
  • Glenn-Applegate, K.  (October, 2012).  Fostering Professional Dispositions in Teacher Candidates.  Breakout session at the 2012 Association for Constructivist Teaching Annual Conference: Applications of Constructivist Theory for All Learners, Johnson City, TN.
  • Glenn-Applegate, K. (presenter), Pentimonti, J., & Justice, L.M. (April, 2011).  Parents’ Selection Factors When Choosing a Preschool for Their Children with Disabilities.  Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for Childhood Education International, New Orleans, LA.
  • Glenn-Applegate, K. (presenter), Pentimonti, J., Justice, L.M., & Piasta, S. (March-April, 2011). Artfulness in Preschoolers’ Oral Stories: A Unique Source of Narrative Quality.  Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Sawyer, L.B., Justice, L.M., Guo, Y., Logan, J.A.R., Petrill, S.A., & Glenn-Applegate, K., Kaderavek, J.N., and Pentimonti, J.M. (2013). Relations between home literacy environment, child characteristics, and print knowledge for preschool children with language impairment. Journal of Research in Reading. DOI: 10.1111/jrir.12008
  • Glenn-Applegate, K. (2012, January 10). Review of the book Well spoken: Teaching speaking to all students. Teachers College Record.
  • Glenn-Applegate, K., Pentimonti, J., & Justice, L.M. (2011). Parents’ selection factors when choosing a preschool for their child with disabilities. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40(3), 211–231.
  • Glenn-Applegate, K., Breit-Smith, A, Justice, L. M., & Piasta, S. P. (2010). Artfulness in young children’s spoken narratives. Early Education and Development, 21(3), 468–493.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Association for Constructivist Teaching
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Rethinking Schools

Professional Interests

  • Parents, families, and work-life balance
  • Parents’ preschool selection factors
  • Preschool quality and access
  • Preservice teacher dispositions

Personal Interests

  • Reading
  • Running
  • Spending time with family

Contact Info


Phillips Hall 214
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3561
F 740-368-3553
E kaglenna@owu.edu