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Donna E. Alvermann

  • The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education (Literacies and Children's Literature Programs)

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Contact Information

  • 706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)
  • 706-308-7195 (mobile)
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Office Location

309M Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • adolescent literacy
  • popular culture
  • digital literacies
  • multimodal literacies
  • written argumentation
  • media education

Research Interests

  • adolescents' literacies
  • written communication
  • critical media literacy
  • social media sites
  • youth media literacies
  • democratization of online text production
  • actor-network theory
  • new materialisms
  • alternative forms of dissertation research
  • Foucault's genealogical approach to analyzing historical literacy events

Programs of Study

Research Summary

My primary research interests lie in adolescents' digital literacies. I study middle-grades through high school students' approaches to multimodal comprehension and production in digital environments (including social media). A particular interest is in understanding how online learning tools mediate young people's motivation and engagement in both informational and literary texts. Most recently, I have begun a study of blog posts and remixes uploaded to an interactive website that I helped to design ( Come join me there.


Donna Alvermann is a University of Georgia Appointed Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education. She also holds an endowed professorship: The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education. Formerly a classroom teacher in Texas and New York, her research focuses on young people's digital literacies and use of popular media. Author of numerous articles, she has several books to her credit: Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World; Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents' Lives (3rd ed.); Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture; and Bring It to Class: Unpacking Pop Culture in Literacy Learning. Most recently, she helped in designing an interactive website to learn how a community of researchers and researched objects can push boundaries associated with creating and disseminating "original" work and remixes online using a Creative Commons license. Come join her at


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Reading and Language Arts Syracuse University 1980
MLS Information Studies Syracuse University 1980
MA Education/History University of Texas at Austin 1968
BS Education/History University of Texas at Austin 1965

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2018 (renewed) Distinguished Research Professor University of Georgia
2013 The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education University of Georgia
2012 Computers in Reading Research Award International Reading Association
2012 Elected to AERA Fellow Status American Educational Research Association
2010 Named Mentor of the Year (nominated by a doctoral student) Compact for Faculty Diversity, Southern Regional Education Board
2006 William S. Gray Citation of Merit International Reading Association
2005 Honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy Long Island University
1999 Elected to the Reading Hall of Fame Reading Hall of Fame
1992-97 Co-Director and Principal Investigator, National Reading Research Center U.S. Department of Education (housed in COE/UGA)
1997 Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research Literacy Research Association (formerly NRC)