Meet Our Faculty

Jennifer Briody, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: briody@sxu.edu

Area of Specialization

Early Childhood Education


Jennifer Briody, Ph.D., is a native of Chicago and has spent over twenty-five years in the field of early childhood education. She began her teaching career in the Chicago Public Schools as a pre-kindergarten at-risk teacher and then went on to the create preschool programs at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus and for Saint Xavier University. Besides having teaching credentials in early childhood education, Dr. Briody also has credentials in educational administration also in the state of Illinois.

Dr. Briody's doctoral work at Loyola University focused on human development and research methodology, where her dissertation explored perceptions of Chicago Public School teachers’ understanding of the term “at-risk for academic failure.” Upon completing her doctorate, she left teaching young children and began a career in higher education, devoting the majority of her career to Saint Xavier University. While a faculty member at SXU, Dr. Briody continued to seek out opportunities to work with Chicago Public Schools and local Catholic elementary schools. In this capacity, she has served as a school board member, consultant, university liaison and grant director overseeing professional development for in-service teachers. Most recently, Dr. Briody has completed a specialist in education degree (Ed.S.) in school psychology from National Louis University in order to include special education in her area of professional expertise. 

Courses Offered

Selected Publications 

Briody, J. (2006). Connecting to the community: lending a voice to literacy. Saint Xavier University Connections: Center for Educational Practice, 19, 13-14.

Briody, J. (2005). Lending a voice to literacy.  The Reading Professor.  The Journal of Professors of Reading Teacher Educators: A Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association.  27(2), 95-108.

Briody, J. & McGarry, K. (2005).  Using social stories to ease transitions.  Young Children.  Washington, DC:The National Association for the Education of Young Children. 60(5), 38-42. 

In addition:  ‘Using Social Stories to Ease Transitions” appears in the online journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Beyond the Journal, September 2005 and in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s, Spotlight on Young Children and Social Studies, curriculum collection in June 2006. An adaptation of the article was published in Teaching Young Children vol.4, no 1 in October 2010.

Briody, J. (2005).  Infusing preservice teacher preparation with service learning.  Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.  National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.  26(2), 149-155.

Briody, J. (2005). Separation through a parent’s eyes.  Young Children. Washington, DC:The National Association for the Education of Young Children. 60(2), 110-111. 

Selected Honors 

Area 16 Local School Council Recognition Award, Barbara Vick Early Childhood and Family Center, Chicago Public Schools (2004-2005)

Saint Xavier University Scholarship Recognition (2005)

Saint Xavier University Teaching Excellence Award Nominee (2005)

Rochelle Lee Fund Award, Chicago Public Schools (1998-2000)