About Butler

Update My Profile
If you are a Butler faculty or staff member click the above link to login and update your profile.

Search more Faculty and Staff

Corpus, Deborah

Professor - Education
College of Education


Jordan Hall - 180A
Tuesday/Thursday afternoons by appointment

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

  • Reading instruction
  • Language Arts instruction
  • Wide-scale writing assessments
  • 6+1 Writing Traits
  • Reading Recovery

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

Selected Publications

With Ann Giddings. Planning and Managing Effective Reading Instruction Across the Content Areas. Scholastic 2010

“Not Just for Children Anymore:  The Role of Picture Book Biographies in the Reading/Writing Classroom.”  Indiana Reading Journal 39 (2007): 29-45.

"From Raccoons to Sauerkraut: Students Analyzing Student Papers."Statement: The Journal of the Colorado Language Arts Society. Volume XXXV, Number 1, Fall 1998.

With Lucinda Wilson. "What Research Says: The Effects of Reward Systems on Academic Performance." Middle School Journal. Volume 33, Number 1, September 2001.

Selected Conference Presentations

"Reading Across the Content Areas." Presentation with Ann Giddings at the Reading Recovery Conference. Columbus, OH.  February 2011.

"Finding the Time to Enjoy our Teaching." Presentation with Ann Giddings at the Indiana State Reading Association Spring Conference. 2008.

 "Delving into Demonstrations and Dispositions: Community-Based, Cross-Disciplinary Teacher Education." Presentation with Stephen Bloom and Lisa Gross at the International Conference on Education.  Honolulu, Hawaii. January 2007.

"But I Don't Have Time to Model." Presentation with Deborah Hipes and Donna Stephenson at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference.  Nashville, TN. November 2006.



Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

  • First Year Seminar
  • ED308: Fundamental Reading Skills
  • ED408: Problems in the Teaching of Reading
  • ED508: Assessments and Interventions for Reading Difficulties
  • ED529: Reading in the Content Areas
  • ED507: Developmental Reading

Personal Hobbies

  • Reader for IRIS
  • Girl Scout Leader



  • 1985 Ed.D. Indiana University English Education and Reading
  • 1977 M.S. Indiana University English Education w/teaching endorsement in Reading
  • 1974 B.S. Butler University Secondary Education, English and Special Education

Professional Credentials
Lifetime Teaching License, Indiana


Butler University's Nominee for the CASE Professor of the Year (2011)

Distinguished College of Education Alumna (2008)

Richard W. Guyer Chair in Education (2004)

Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist (1984) 

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Indiana Teachers of Writing

Professional Experience

1997- present: Professor, College of Education, Butler University

1995-1997 Reading Recovery Teacher, M.S.D. of Washington Township

1985-1997 Curriculum Coordinator, K-12, Language Arts, Foreign Language, Kindergarten for the M.S.D. of Washington Township

1984-1985 Resource Teacher for Gifted and Talented Program, Westlane Middle School

1978-1985 English/Reading teacher, Westlane Middle School Associate Instructor and Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University and IUPUI, teaching X525 (Reading Practicum), X151 (Reading-Study Skills), X401 Critical Reading in the Content Areas), M461-462 and M464 (Methods of Teaching Reading in the Middle School/High School), L514-517 (Reading in the Content Areas)

1982-1983 Night school English teacher, J. Everett Light Career Center

1982-1983 Instructor, Martin Center College, Indianapolis, teaching Basic English, Expository Writing, Creative Writing I/II

1976-1978 Associate Instructor, Indiana University School of Education; Coordinator of Urban Agency Internship/Student Teaching Project; Coordinator of Overseas Student Teaching Project; University supervisor of some special project student teachers

1974-1976 English teacher, Maconaquah High School, Bunker Hill, IN