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Jennifer Francois

Jennifer Francois

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

112 Stone House


  • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Wichita State University
  • M.S. in Human Environmental Science, Early Childhood, University of Arkansas
  • B.S. in Human Environmental Science, Early Childhood, University of Arkansas

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Language Development
  • Psychosociolinguistics
  • Eye-tracking
  • Attachment
  • Interprofessional Practice

Courses Taught

  • ECED 540/541 Curriculum for Cognitive, Language, Emotional, Social and Physical Development in Young Children
  • LSHD 815 Infant Behavior and Development

Professional Biography

Jennifer Francois is an assistant professor in the Early Childhood Education program at Kansas State University. Her research has focused on the use of eye-tracking in the early social foundations of language development, particularly how young infants come to recognize familiar caregivers. Dr. Francois teaches a graduate course in infant development. She also teaches an undergraduate class on curriculum. Dr. Francois has had diverse experiences in early childhood settings, including, mostly recently, serving as a program coordinator for an early care and education and preschool intervention program at Rainbows United, Inc. in Wichita, KS. She has also had the opportunity to work under the direction of Dr. Mabel Rice, at the University of Kansas, investigating the morphosyntactic abilities of children with Specific Language Impairment. Dr. Francois received her doctoral training in communication sciences and disorders at Wichita State University. She received her bachelor's and master's training in human environmental sciences, with an emphasis in early childhood education at the University of Arkansas.

Vita (pdf)