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Anita N. Voelker

Emerita Professor of Literacy Education

Interest and areas of expertise

Children’s Literature, Research on the Impact of School Libraries


B.S., Frostburg State University, 1973

M.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1976

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2006

Classes I teach

Dr. Anita Voelker taught part time at Messiah from 1986-1993. She began full time teaching at Messiah College in 1993 and retired in 2014 as Professor of Literacy Education. From the time she became a part of the Messiah family, she had a profound impact on students, faculty, and the broader Messiah community. Through her love of teaching, she has inspired countless students to become advocates for young children – leading by her example of enthusiasm and compassion. Through her love of books, she has inspired countless readers to appreciate both a wide array of children’s literature and the beautiful artwork associated with books for children. And through her love of our Lord, she has inspired countless believers to follow the example of Jesus in all that we do. The Anita Voelker Scholarship Fund for Research in Literacy Education was developed in her name. It is a monetary award open to students in the Education Department who are conducting, presenting, or writing about research in a field related to literacy. More information about the award can be found here: