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PhD, University of Maryland
Associate Professor
Elementary Education PK-6

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Groth

Phone: (703) 993-2139
Fax: (703) 993-2013
Email: lgroth (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1806
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B3
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Lois Groth is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education. She joined the faculty in January 2000. As a faculty member of the Elementary Education Program, Dr. Groth  teaches literacy methods and action research. Dr. Groth is the University Facilitator for the Professional Development Schools at Daniels Run Elementary and Hunters Woods Elementary.

Research Interests

  • Early literacy instruction
  • Comprehensive literacy programs
  • Critical reflection
  • Teacher inquiry

Recent Publications

  • Dodman, S., Groth, L.A. , Ra, S., Baker, A., & Ramezan, S. (2017). Developing an inquiry stance through PDS action research: Does it maintain after graduation? Special Themed Issue: School University Partnerships.

  • Dodman, S. L., Groth, L.A., Fulginiti, K., & Hull, B. (2017). George Mason’s elementary PDS program: Teacher education designed by principles. In R. Flessner & D. R. Lecklider (eds.). Case studies of clinical preparation in teacher education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.  

  • Groth, L.A., Parker, A., Parsons, S.A., Sprague, D. Brown, E.L., Baker, C., & Suh, J.  (2017). George Mason University’s elementary PDS Program: Embracing innovation. School University Partnerships 10(1) 3-5.
  • Parsons, S. A., Groth, L. A., Parker, A. K., Brown, E. L., Sell, C. & Sprague, D. (2017).  Elementary teacher preparation at George Mason University: Evolution of our program. In R. Flessner, & D. Lecklider (eds.), Case studies of clinical preparation in teacher education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.