Dr. Claudia Nickolson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary Education. Claudia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Areas of study included language and literacy education, rural sociology and labor studies. Her teaching and research interests are wide ranging and include the areas of poverty, language and literacy education, migrant education, social studies education, place-based education, and rural issues in education. Claudia resides with her partner in Scotland County.