Dr. Jolene Malavasic received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2007. 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. She teaches courses across all programs in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning.
Her research interests include adolescent social networks and identity on in and out-of-school literacy. Her current research explores how relationships among teachers and adolescent students working in collaborative spaces inform students' understanding, use, and creation of multimodal literacy practices. She is the author of Collaborative Learning Communities in Middle School Literacy Education.
Dr. Malavasic has given presentations for many organizations including The New York State Reading Association, The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Literacy Research Association and The International Literacy Association. She is a member of the editorial review board for The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and The Journal of Early Adolescence.