Our Mission and Vision Statements

Department Mission
Our mission is to foster the understanding and acquisition of literacies toward cultivating a more just, inclusive, and equitable society.

Department Vision
Our vision is for faculty, students, and alumni to be on the forefront of broadening conceptualizations of literacy teaching and learning, engaging in inquiries through innovative approaches and methodologies, and collaborating with diverse communities in socially transformative ways. Through our collective scholarship, teaching, and service, we seek to hold a pre-eminent place among top tier literacy programs.


Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning

Recent Publications

Wissman, K.K., Burns, M.N., Jiampetti, K., O’Leary, H., & Tabatabai, S. (2017). Teaching global literature in elementary classrooms: A critical literacy and teacher inquiry approach. New York, NY: Routledge.

Dozier, C. (2016). “My grandma is my gold.” Learning from young writer in Belize. Language and Literacy Spectrum.

Johnston, P.H., Dozier, C., & Smit, J.M. (2016). How language supports adaptive teaching through a responsive learning culture. Theory Into Practice, 55(3), 189-196.

Affinito, S. (2016, March/April). Modeling digital learning: Transforming teacher learning with digital tools. Literacy Today, 8 – 9.

Dozier, C. & Stephens, S.J. (in press). Becoming responsive teachers during a practicum-based study abroad experience: Learners leading to new perspectives. In H. An (Ed.), Handbook of research on efficacy and implementation of study abroad programs for P-12 teachers (pp.209-224). IGI Global.

Barnes, E.M., Dickinson, D.K., & Grifenhagen, J.F. (in press). Facilitating academic language in early childhood classrooms. The Reading Teacher.

Barnes, E.M., Dickinson, D.K. (in press). The impact of teachers’ commenting strategies on children’s vocabulary growth. Exceptionality.

Barnes, E.M., Dickinson, D.K. (in press). Teachers commenting during book reading. Journal of Educational Research.

Greene, Delicia. "We Need More 'US' in Schools": Centering Black Adolescent Girls' Literacy and Language Practices in In-School Online Spaces, The Journal of Negro Education (JNE), Special Issue Theme: Why We Can't Wait: (Re) Examining the Opportunities and Challenges for Black Women and Girls in Education.

Scanlon, D.M., Anderson, K.L., & Sweeney, J.M. (in press). Early Intervention for reading difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Wissman, K. (in press). “No more paperwork!”: Student perspectives on multimodal composing in response to literature. In K. Hinchman & D. Appleman (Eds.), Adolescent Literacy: A handbook of practice-based research. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Puccioni, J.L. (2015). Predictors of reading achievement: Time on reading instruction and approaches to learning. Literacy Research: Theory Method, and Practice, 64(1), 249-266.

Bean, R.M., Kern, D., Goatley, V.J., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., Calo, K., Marinak, B., Sturtevant, E., Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S., Cox, M.A., Frost, S., Mason, P., Quatroche, D., & Cassidy, J. (2015). Specialized literacy professionals as literacy leaders: Results of a national survey. Literacy Research and Instruction, 54(2), 83-114.

Barnes, E.M. (2015).  Academic language in early childhood classrooms.  American Speech and Hearing Association’s Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 22(3), 85-92.

Wissman, K. K., Staples, J. M., Vasudevan, L., & Nichols, R.E. (2015). Cultivating research pedagogies with adolescents: Created spaces, engaged participation, and embodied inquiry. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 46(2), 186-197.

Deeney, T., & Dozier, C.L. (2015). Constructing successful video reflection experiences in practicum settings. In E. Ortlieb & E. Cheek (Eds.), Literacy Research, practice and evaluation (vol. 5). Video reflection in literacy teacher education and development: Lessons from research and practice (pp. 41-57). Bingley, West Yorskhire, UK: Emerald Publishers.

Lee, S. & Scanlon, D. M. (2015). The Effects of the Interactive Strategies Approach on At-Risk Kindergartners' Spelling. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 28(3), 313-346.

Puccioni, J. (2015). Parents’ Conceptions of School Readiness, Transition Practices, and Children's Academic Achievement Trajectories. The Journal of Educational Research, 108(2), 130-147.

Puccioni, J. & Michaels, L. (2015). Mobile phone use and children’s literacy learning. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (pp. 519-527).). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Anne McGill-Franzen, PhD. (1988), received UAlbany Alumni Association's Excellence in Education Award on May 2, 2015.  Internationally known children’s literacy advocate and scholar, Anne McGill-Franzen has been committed to supporting the development of children in reading for over 30 years. She has been featured in the most prestigious literacy publications and was a recent guest on “Harvard EdCast.” McGill-Franzen is a professor of education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and director of the University’s Reading Center. 



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    The University at Albany's Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of 10 years, from April 30, 2011 to April 30, 2021.