Kelly Wissman, Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
Education Building-Room 328; (518) 442-5064

Dr. Kelly Wissman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany. Across her scholarship and teaching, she considers how children’s literature, writing, 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 writing; practitioner inquiry; the interplay of literacies, identities, and equity; and multimodal composing. She pursues these interests through collaborative, arts-based, and ethnographic research methodologies.

Dr. Wissman is the Director of the Capital District Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. The Capital District Writing Project is a vibrant community of P-16 educators working to improve writing and learning in the Capital Region’s schools. She also serves as a co-editor of Language Arts, the premiere journal for the teaching of the language arts at the elementary and middle school levels, and is a member of 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, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

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. In 2016, she received a President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University at Albany. In 2017, she was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York.

Selected 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.

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.

Wissman, K. K. (2014). “Let me gather spring flowers for a wreath”: Writing about historical trauma for young people in A Wreath for Emmett Till. Journal of Children’s Literature, 40(1), 5-13.

Wissman, K. K., Costello, S., & Hamilton, D. (2012). “You’re like yourself”: Multimodal literacies in a reading support class. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 19(3), 325-338.

Wissman, K. K. (2011). “Rise up!”: Literacies, lived experiences, and social identities in an in- school “Other space.” Research in the Teaching of English, 45(4), 405-438.

Wissman, K. K. & Wiseman, A. (2011). “That’s my worst nightmare”: Poetry and trauma in the middle school classroom. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 6(3), 234-249.

Vasudevan, L. & Wissman, K. K. (2011). Out-of-school literacy contexts. In D. Lapp & D. Fisher (Eds.), Handbook of research on teaching the English Language Arts (3rd ed.) (pp. 97-103). New York, NY: Routledge.

Wissman, K. K. (2009). “Spinning themselves into poetry”: Images of urban adolescent writers in two novels for young adults. Children’s Literature in Education, 40(2), 149-167. (Awarded the Virginia Hamilton Essay Honor Certificate)

Wissman, K. K. (2007). “Making a way”: Young women using literacy and language to resist the politics of silencing. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(4), 340-349.

Wissman, K. K. (2007). “Writing will keep you free”: Allusions to and recreations of the fairy tale heroine in The House on Mango Street. Children’s Literature in Education, 38(1), 17-34.