Professor Phyllis HakeemPhyllis M. Hakeem

Adjunct/Visiting Professor, Education


About Me

I make every effort to respect the diverse learning styles of my students by incorporating visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic activities in my instruction - "I've been known to sing and dance in my classes!" Students have the opportunity to role-play during their teaching demonstrations, experience rich dialogue on current topics in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and produce relevant learning experiences in their content area.

Special Projects/Activities

Before entering the field of education, Mrs. Hakeem was employed as a clinical research coordinator in neuropsychology and as a neuro-psychometrician. Among her honors are listings in the New York State Academy of Teaching and Learning, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Woman of America. Among her awards is the Eastern Psychological Association's Excellence in Research Certificate for her work on the Relationship Between Information Processing Styles, Perfectionism, and Physiological Response to Laterally Specific Tasks.

Research/Creative Interests

My research interests in the field of education include academic instructional coaching, literacy acquisition, and literacy assessment.


Woodcock, C. and Hakeem, P. (2015)."The Power of Our Words and Flesh”: An Experienced Literacy Coach’s Love Letter to Incoming Educators about the Transformational Roles of Relationships and the Body in Learning. Journal of Language and Literacy, Vol. 11 Issue 1.

Talks and Presentations

Massachusetts Reading Association's annual conference in Sturbridge, MA on Assessments and Differentiated Instruction (2004)

Massachusetts Department of Education's Office of Reading /Celebrating Reading First Model Schools, in Marlboro (2003-2006)

International World Congress on Preventive Education, in Stony Point, NY (2000)

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins



Office Hours, Spring 2016

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 & by arrangement

Freel Library



C.A.G.S., MCLA, 2008

M.A., St. Joseph's Seminary Institute of Religious Studies, 2000

B.S., Chestnut Hill College, 1991


Courses Taught

EDUC336: Reading in the Content Area

EDUC636: Reading in the Content Area

RDNG710: Literacy Assessment I

RDNG712: Literacy Assessment II

CECS100: Communication and Literacy MTEL Seminar

CECS100: Foundations of Reading MTEL Seminar