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The Languages & Literacies area defines “literacy" broadly as making meaning through written, visual, and oral language. Our faculty in this area view the act of making meaning from sociocognitive, socioemotional, sociocultural, and sociohistorical perspectives, and they promote meaningful and engaging literacy pedagogies that build a sense of community, equity, and social justice. Faculty study a wide range of subjects involving literacy and language development from birth through adulthood, including the role of empathy and imagination in producing and consuming texts, reading and writing instruction in elementary and middle schools (grades 4K-9),  secondary English and language arts education, English as a Second Language, bilingual education, world languages, literacy in global contexts, and writing as a means of social change. Faculty explore what it means to communicate within and across complex social and cultural worlds both in formal educational settings as well as in informal and everyday environments.

Area Faculty

​Literacy Education [more info...]

    • Mary Louise Gomez, Professor, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
      Effects of race, class, and gender on students and faculty; reading practices of low SES students

    • Dawnene Hassett, Professor, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
      Literacy education with visual and interactive texts, social semiotics, new literacies

    • Catherine (Kate) Vieira, Associate Professor, Cellmer Distinguished Chair in Literacy, PhD in English, Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2010

      Writing Studies, Migration, Literacy, Peace-Building

    • Erica Halverson, Professor, Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2005
      Arts education, social media, participatory instructional environments

English a Secondary Language / Bilingual Education [more info...]

    • Maggie Hawkins, Professor, Ed.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1997
      English as a second language (ESL) education, teacher education in a global context

    • Mariana Pacheco, ​Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles, 2005
      Bilingual education, cultural historical activity theory

    • Diego Roman, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Stanford University, 2014

      Bilingual Education, Spanish varieties in the United States, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Environmental Education

World Language Education  [more info...]

    • Francois Victor Tochon, Professor, Ph.D. Laval University, 1990; Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 1997
      Foreign language teacher education, international studies in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education


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