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Office Location

110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Education

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
2013 The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education University of Georgia
2013 Invited Inaugural Lecture for 21st Century Literacies Lecture Series Florida State University
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)

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

  • written communication
  • social media sites
  • youth media literacies
  • democratization of online text production
  • actor-network theory
  • new materialisms

Research Summary

My primary research interests lie in adolescents' digital literacies. I study middle-grades through high school students' get comprehension and production in digital environments (including social media). A particular interest is in understanding how online learning tools, such as "PersuadeMe" 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 I helped to design (http://www.becoming3lectric.com). Come join me there.

Biography

Donna Alvermann is the University of Georgia Appointed Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education. She also holds an endowed chair position: 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 http://www.becoming3lectric.com

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