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 research explores how the relationships created between teachers and adolescent students working in collaborative spaces inform students' understanding, use, and creation of multimodal literacy practices both in and out of school. 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.