Wissman Honored with 2016 University at Albany Excellence Award

Albany, NY (April 13, 2016) - Dr. Kelly Wissman, associate professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning, was selected as a recipient of the 2016 University at Albany Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Kelly K. WissmanThe campus community will celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Wissman and her award-winning colleagues at the University's public ceremony and reception on May 3. Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus.

Across her scholarship and teaching, Dr. Wissman considers how literature, literacies, and the arts can facilitate the creation of more equitable and humanizing educational spaces for all students. Her research and teaching interests include children’s literature; sociocultural approaches to literacy teaching and learning; practitioner inquiry; the interplay of literacies, identities, and equity; and multimodal literacies. She pursues these interests through collaborative, arts-based, and ethnographic research methodologies. She is an incoming co-editor of Language Arts, the premiere journal for the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Dr. Wissman’s research has been funded by the National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation and UAlbany’s Faculty Research Awards Program. Supported by the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding, she led an inquiry group of K-6 teachers in exploring global literature written for children and documented how the teachers incorporated this literature into their diverse educational contexts. Her publications have appeared in several journals, including, Anthropology and Education, Research in the Teaching of English, Children’s Literature in Education, Journal of Children’s Literature, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Changing English.

Dr. Wissman has received recognition for both her scholarship and her teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the Selma Greenberg Dissertation Award from the Research on Women and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She is also the recipient of the 2010 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award Honor Certificate for one of her articles in Children’s Literature in Education. She has received an Excellence in Full-Time Teaching Award from UAlbany’s School of Education and has been named an “Educator of Excellence” from the New York State English Council.