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College of Education professor appointed to literacy panel

Donna Alvermann

Donna Alvermann, the Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor in the College of Education’s language and literacy education department, was appointed to the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel for a three-year term.

She also will start her two-year appointment as the “Policy and Practice: Remix” columnist for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

In 2012, ILA—formerly the International Reading Association-formed the Literary Research Panel to respond to critical literacy issues facing policymakers, school administrators, teachers, parents and the general public.

As an LRP member, Alvermann will be responsible for answering any questions the public may have in her area of expertise. She also will write one or more entries for ILA’s comprehensive blog about equity issues, gendered literacy instruction and its consequences on adolescents’ literate identities.

The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, published by ILA, is a peer-reviewed academic journal that covers classroom-tested ideas grounded in research and theory.

As the journal’s “Policy and Practice: Remix” columnist, Alvermann will analyze and write about current news events, such as the passage and implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was recently signed into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act.

Alvermann’s research interests include adolescents’ digital literacies, written communication, youth media literacies and the democratization of online text production.