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Portrait of Tisha Ellison

Contact Information

Office Location

110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Education

Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Reading University at Albany, State University of New York 2009
M.Ed. Reading Specialization Teachers College, Columbia University 2000
M.S. Television/Radio Programming and Management Brooklyn College, City University of New York 1995
B.S. Journalism Virginia Union University 1993

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2017 Early Career Faculty Research Program UGA Office of Research
2016 Early Career Achievement Award Literacy Research Association
2015-2016 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship National Academy of Education
2015 Digital Champions Fellowship Center for Instructional Innovation, Georgia State University
2012 Promising Researcher Award National Council of Teachers of English
2011 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award Finalist International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association)
2010-2012 Scholars of Color Transitioning into Academic Research Mentoring Program Literacy Research Association
2008-2010 Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color Program National Council of Teachers of English
2008 J. Michael Parker Award Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference)
2008 Dissertation Research Fellowship Award University at Albany, State University of New York
2008 Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Scholarship Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference)
2005 Graduate Student Organization Distinguished Service Award University at Albany, State University of New York
2003 Initiatives for Women Gloria R. DeSole Award University at Albany State University of New York
2001-2005 Ph.D. Reading Fellowship Cochrane Fellowship Award University at Albany State University of New York

Areas of Expertise

  • family literacy, digital literacies, and multimodalities

Research Interests

  • family literacy, digital literacies, community literacy and multimodalities

Research Summary

My research takes a critical perspective on how agency, identity, and power among African American families and adolescents are constructed as they use digital tools to make sense of their lives.

Biography

Dr. Tisha Lewis Ellison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Formerly a reading specialist and classroom teacher, her research takes a critical perspective on how agency, identity, and power among African American families and adolescents are constructed as they use digital tools to make sense of their lives. Dr. Lewis Ellison was the recipient of the following awards: the 2017 UGA Early Career Faculty Research Award; 2016 Early Career Achievement Award recipient from the Literacy Research Association; the 2015-16 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, the National Council of Teachers of English's Promising Researcher Award; the J Michael Parker Award; and a finalist of the International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her work has appeared in the selected peer reviewed journals: Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Urban Education, and Journal of Education.