Jolene Malavasic, Staff Associate

Ph.D., Syracuse University
Education Building-Room 331; (518) 442-5106

Dr. Jolene Malavasic received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2007. As a part of her doctoral work in Syracuse Jolene was an assistant in the reading clinic, taught secondary literacy courses, and supervised student teachers in the secondary English Education program. Prior to coming to Albany, Jolene worked as an Assistant Professor in the Literacy Department at SUNY Cortland and for the Baldwinsville School District as a middle school reading specialist. While in Baldwinsville Jolene was awarded a teacher as researcher grant from the International Reading Association for her project titled: “Effective Ingredients for Academic Intervention,” a program she developed to provide intensive push-in and pull-out services for struggling adolescent literacy learners.

Her research interests include the multiple ways that adolescent social networks and identity influence literacy both in and outside the school setting. Her current project explores how the relationships between literacy tutors and high school students influences the students’ level of engagement in and creation of literacy practices.

Dr. Malavasic has given presentations for many organizations including The Central New York Reading Council for which she is a past president, Capital Region BOCES, The New York State Reading Association, The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, The National Reading Conference, The American Reading Forum, and The International Reading Association.

Forthcoming: Malavasic, J. (2013). Assessing new literacies and media literacy. In K.Grant & S. Golden (Eds.), Literacy assessment and instructional strategies. Sage Publications.

Malavasic, J. (2010). Book Review. Literacy instruction for adolescents: Research-based practice by K. Wood & W. Blanton. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 54(3).

Malavasic, J., & Rossetti, Z. (2010). Youth negotiating the social intricacies of friendship. The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Hinchman, K.A., Malavasic, J.T., & Michel, P.A. (2009). Programs for middle-level youth who struggle with reading and writing: What are the features? Educator’s Voice, p. 22-27.

Malavasic, J. (2008). A life within a life: Adolescent friendship and literacy. New York: Verlag.

Recent Presentations:
2013 Exploring the relationship between literacy tutors and students as a motivating factor in adolescent girls’ literacy engagement and growth. Poster Session presented at the International Reading Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas.

2012 Literacy collaborations: Exploring urban adolescent girls’ literacy practices. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California.