Athens, Ga. – Two University of Georgia education professors have been recognized among the top reviewers for the most prestigious academic journal in the field, the Educational Researcher, produced by the American Educational Research Association.
Peter Smagorinsky and Elizabeth St. Pierre were named Outstanding Reviewers for number of timely reviews completed, depth of understanding of the field of research and a compassionate voice vital to mentoring new authors.
Smagorinsky, professor in the department of language and literacy education, is chair of the research forum of the National Council of Teachers of English and a past president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy. He received the Outstanding Mentoring Award from the Graduate School at Honors Day, in 2007. His research interests include activity theory and its application to teaching and learning in secondary English/language arts classes. He taught English in Illinois high schools for 14 years before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1989. He joined the UGA faculty in 1998.
St. Pierre, professor and graduate coordinator in the department of language and literacy education, is also an affiliated faculty member in the qualitative research program and in the women’s studies institute. She has published many book chapters and scholarly articles in journals such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research interests include qualitative research methodology; the reading/writing/language theories of secondary English education; and the reading practices of adult expert readers. She currently is serving on a committee overseeing the search for the next College of Education dean.