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Haddix to be featured speaker at University of Georgia

Marcelle Haddix, Dean's Associate Professor and Department Chair, will speak at the UGA College of Education Research Coloquium Series on April 14, 2017. Her address is entitled "When My Reflection Looks Back At Me: A Retrospective on Being a Community-Engaged, Bloack Woman Scholar".

RLAC doctoral student awarded Outstanding TA Award

Please join me in congratulating Alvina Mardhani-Bayne (Literacy Education doctoral candidate) who was awarded the outstanding TA Award this year. She will be honored at the university wide presentation and reception on April 27 at 4:30 at the Schine Student Center, Room 304.

Congratulations Alvina! We appreciate all you do for the department, our students, and our programs.

RLAC doctoral students to participate in National Library Week

RLA doctoral students Keith Newvine (Literacy Education) and Sarah Fleming  (English Education) will give a special talk on Wednesday, April 12th at 6 pm in Hinds 121 at SU for National Library Week. Their research focuses on the #Weneeddiversebooks movement and how students can recognize and explore their identities within systemic forms of oppression.

Third Annual "We Are Syracuse" gallery event

All are invited to attend the We Are Syracuse event led by local refugee students dedicated to celebrating their culture and promoting tolerance, on Wednesday, March 1st, 4:30-6:30 pm in the Sharon Jacquet Education Commons in Huntington Hall.

Central New York Reading Council 2017 Spring Conference

The Central New York Reading Council's 2017 Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Please remember that this event counts for CTLE Professional Development Hours. View more information and register online. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact CNYRC president, Keith Newvine (Literacy Education doctoral student).

English Education Undergraduate Alumna Presented at NCTE

Christina Barquin (English Education B.A., '15) served as one of the speakers, along with other members of the Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School 7th grade team, on a panel entitled "Advocating for our Middle Grades Students: Exploring Identity and Transformation through Diverse YA Literature and Media Studies" at the Annual NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference in Atlanta, GA on November 18th, 2016, 

NCRLL Panel Session at NCTE Conference to Include Haddix

As part of a NCRLL (National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy) panel on the topic "Advocacy Over Time in NCRLL: Literacy Researchers Reflecting on the Role of Activism in Their Scholarly Lives" being held in conjunction with the Annual NCTE conference in Atlanta, GA on November 19th, 2016, Marcelle Haddix, Dean's Associate Professor and department chair, will speak on "When my relfection looks back at me: A retrospective on being a Black woman community engaged literacy scholar".

Faculty, Students & Alumni Presenting at LRA Annual Conference

The 66th Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association will be held in Nashville, TN, November 30th-December 3rd, 2016. Among those presenting will be RLAC faculty, students, and alumni.

Faculty slated to participate include: Rachel Brown, Associate Professor, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Meredith Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Marcelle Haddix, Dean's Associate Professor and Department Chair, Kathleen Hinchman, Professor and Associate Dean, and Zaline Roy-Campbell, Associate Professor.

Students presenting are: Sarah Fleming, English Education doctoral candidate, and Stella Rwanda, Literacy Education doctoral candidate.

Also taking part in the conference are RLAC alumni: Donna Alvermann (Reading Education Ph.D., 1980), Bryan Ripley Crandall (English Education Ph.D., 2012), Carol Jeanne Delaney (Reading Education Ph.D., 2004), Elizabeth Lewis (English Education M.S., 1996 and Ph.D., 2008) and Karen Wixson (Reading Education M.S., 1978 and Ph.D., 1980).

NC State University Symposium to Feature Haddix

Marcelle Haddix, Dean's Associate Professor and Department Chair, will give the keynote address entitled "Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me" on November 2nd, 2016 for the New Literacies Collaborative 2016 Fall Symposium at North Carolina State University.

RLAC Well Represented at NYS TESOL Conference

The New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 46th Annual Conference will be held in Syracuse on November 4th & 5th, 2016. Among those participating are Zaline Roy-Campbell, Associate Professor, Stella Rwanda, Literacy Education doctoral candidate,as well as RLAC alumni, Lauren Lockett Cirulli and Kristina Sepe Crehan (both TELL M.S., 2010).

Haddix Giving Keynote in Buffalo

Marcelle Haddix, Dean's Associate Professor and Department Chair, will give a keynote address on the topic "Let's Get In#Formation: The Radical Possibilities of Urban Education" at the 2nd annual education mini-conference of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals on October 29th, 2016.

Journal Article by RLA Doctoral Candidate

The latest issue of the Ubiquity journal contains an article from RLA doctoral candidate Sarah Fleming and is edited by RLA alum Ewa McGrail (English Education Ph.D., '03). Sarah's article is "Evolution of a Learner-Teacher-Researcher: Or, How Not to Teach the Research Paper."

Undergrad Alum Authors Article & Podcast

Matt Vogt (English Education B.A., "03), who now teaches at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, New York, has a new article in the May 2016 issue of Voices from the Middle with an accompanying podcast.

Nieroda Presents at Teachers College

Janine Nieroda, a doctoral candidate in Literacy Education, presented "Composing Culture: Exploring Innovations in Multimodal Literacies with Youth Writers in Casablanca and New York" at the Teachers College Winter Roundtable Conference, held in New York on February 26-27, 2016.

Keynote Speaker at the American Reading Forum

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, RLAC faculty member and alumna, Kathleen Hinchman (Reading Education M.S., '80; Reading Education Ph.D., '85) presented the keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Reading Forum, held on Sanibel Island, FL in December 2015. The title of her address was: "Gaps in what we know about supporting older youth's literacies: A call to action."

2016 Fairfield University Martin Luther King, Jr. Vision Award Recipient is RLA Alumus

Fairfield University has named Bryan Ripley Crandall (English Education Ph.D., '12) as the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award receipient. Professor Crandall is an assistant professor and the director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield. Bryan has posted his acceptance speech on his blog.

Wilkinson to present at ILA

Louise Wilkinson (Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences) will be presenting "Exploring Effective Literacy Practices in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms of Young Children" at the International Literacy Association Conference in Boston, MA, July 9-11, 2016.

Faculty Co-Author Journal Article

Kelly Chandler-Olcott (Associate Dean for Research and professor)  and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, RLAC faculty member and alumna, Kathleen Hinchman (Reading Education M.S., '80; Reading Education Ph.D., '85) collaborated on an article, "Literacy co-teaching with multi-level texts in an inclusive middle grade humanities class: A Teacher-researcher collaboration", published in the Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 6(3).

Hinchman Wins Major Award at LRA

Associate Dean and RLAC faculty member and alumna, Kathleen Hinchman (Reading Education M.S., '80; Reading Education Ph.D., '85), was given the 2015 Albert J. Kingston Distinguished Service to LRA Award at the Literacy Research Association's annual conference, held in Carlsbad, CA in December. This award recognizes a person "whose distinguished service to LRA exemplifies a deep commitment to community building."

RLAC Well-Represented at LRA 2015 Annual Conference

RLAC faculty, current students and candidates, and alumni participated in the Literacy Researchers Association annual conference, held in Carlsbad, CA in December 2015.

  • Current faculty: Rachel Brown, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Rochelle Dail, Marcelle Haddix, Kathleen Hinchman, Zaline Roy-Campbell, Louise Wilkinson
  • Current doctoral student: Sarah Fleming (English Education)
  • Current doctoral candidates: Nyaboke Nduati and Stella Rwanda (Literacy Education)
  • Alumni: Rachel Karchmer-Klein (Reading Education Ph.D., 1999), Elizabeth Lewis (English Education Ph.D., 2008), Ewa McGrail (English Education Ph.D., 2003), Elizabeth Stevens (Reading Education, Ph.D., 2014) and Karen Wixson (Reading Education Ph.D., 1980)

Complete information on their presentations can be found in the Literacy Research Association annual conference program .

Fleming Presentations & Publications in 2015

English Education doctoral student Sarah Fleming has made presentations during 2015 for the Central New York Reading Council (CNYRC) and the New York State Foundation of Education Association (NYSFEA). In addition, she published book reviews for TCR and JAAL, wrote as a newsletter writer for the LRA Doctoral Student ICG, publishing "Thrown into the (PhD) Deep End: How to Tread Water, Move Forward, and Not Panic" and was featured in the Research to Practice series for LRA as a member of the DSICGL Episode 16, "Outstanding Doctoral Students and Literacy Research".

RLA faculty contribute to a volume honoring Peter Mosenthal

Rachel Brown (Associate Professor) contributed a chapter, "Multimodal composing: 'I have a voice and I'm gonna use it.'"  and Kathleen Hinchman (Associate Dean, professor and alumna) also collaborated with F. Boyd on a chapter entitled "Culturally compelling genre teaching: Inviting all learners to understand and use genre knowledge", in P. Schmidt & A. Lazar (Eds.), Reconceptualizing literacy in the new age of multiculturalism and pluralism (2nd Ed.) honoring the late Professor Peter B. Mosenthal.

Ph.D. Students present at NYSEC

Sarah Fleming and Sara Ledwith, English Education doctoral students, and Keith Newvine, Literacy Education doctoral student, presented at the New York State English Council on the topic, "High Stakes Student Teaching: Mentoring Pre-service Teachers through the edTPA".

Seed grant awarded to RLA faculty member

One of the Syracuse University inaugural internal funding initiative seed grants was awarded to Rachel Brown (Associate Professor) for her work with "The Teaching of the Holocaust by Elementary Teachers during Literacy Instruction".

CICU presentation by RLA

Kelly Chandler-Olcott (Associate Dean for Research and professor) and Sarah Fleming (English Education doctoral student) presented "Promoting Partnerships between University Faculty Members and Mentor Teachers around the edTPA" at the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York.

Writing Our Lives Spotlighted in SU News

Marcelle Haddix, Ph.D., Dean's Associate Professor and department chair is quoted extensively in an article in the October 19th issue of the SU News as the founder of the Writing Our Lives conference scheduled for November 7th, 2015.

Teachers College Record Features Commentary by RLAC Alumnus

Mark Conley (Reading Education Ph.D., 1983) and Gina Garner are the authors of a commentary entitled "The edTPA and The (De)Skilling of America's Teachers?" in the July 17th, 2015 issue of the Teachers College Record.

Chandler-Olcott Named Associate Dean

Dean Masingila announced on Wednesday, July 8th, that Kelly Chandler-Olcott has been appointed as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Education. In this role, she will support and build research in the School of Education, and mentor faculty members in their scholarship. 

2015 SOE Research & Creative Grant Winners

Among the recipients of this grant competition to support dissertation-related research are Stella Rwanda and Alvina Mardhani-Bayne, Literacy Education doctoral students, and Sarah Fleming, English Education doctoral student. Congratulations to them all.

2015 NCTE Annual Convention will include RLA participants

A panel entitled "Writing for their Lives: Supporting Civically and Community-Engaged Writing" will be chaired by Dr. Marcelle Haddix and will include a presentation, "Embracing Ubuntu When Writing Our Lives", by Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall (English Education Ph.D., 2012) and a presentation, "Radical Youth Literacies in Out-Of-School Spaces", by Alvina Mardhani-Bayne, a current Literacy Education doctoral student.

Participation in the Penn Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education

Marcelle Haddix, Ph.D., Dean's Associate Professor and director of the English Education programs, and Reba Hodge, Teaching & Curriculum doctoral candidate, participated in a workship on May 2nd, 2015 entitled: "The Multiple Identities and Literacies of Black Girlhood: A Conversation about Creating Spaces for Black Girl Voices".

Outstanding TA Award

Janine Neiroda, English Education doctoral candidate, has been selected as a recipient of the Outstanding TA Award for the 2014-15 academic year. This award is reserved for teaching assistants in good academic standing who have made truly distinguished contributions to teaching at Syracuse University.

Congratulations to RLAC Students Chosen as Teaching Mentors

Theresa Dussling, Reading Education doctoral candidate, Sarah Fleming, English Education doctoral student, Nyaboke Nduati, Literacy Education doctoral candidate, and Janine Nieroda, English Education doctoral candidate, have been selected as Teaching Mentors in the Graduate School Competition. Selected for their excellence in teaching and overall graduate study and representing all colleges and disciplines form across the university, the largest responsibility of Teaching Mentors is to serve as the "core faculty" during the Teaching Assistant Orientation Programs. The Teaching Mentors serve as small group leaders and mentors to approximately 300 new TAs each August. Following the August Orientation, Teaching Mentors are invited to participate, on a limited basis, in the development and implementation of TA Program activities throughout the academic year.

FPP Certificate in University Teaching Awarded to 2 RLA Students

Among those awarded the Future Professoriate Program Certificate in University Teaching are Alvina Mardhani-Bayne, Literacy Education doctoral student, mentored by Dr. Kelly Chandler-Olcott, and Janine Nieroda, English Education doctoral candidate, mentored by Dr. Marlene Blumin. They will be honored at a breakfast ceremony on April 22, 2015.

Chandler-Olcott named Meredith Professor for 2015-16

Kelly Chandler-OlcottKelly Chandler-Olcott, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Department of Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education, was named as a 2015-16 Laura and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence at a ceremony on Monday, April 13, in Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center

Co-Editors of JAAL Appointed

Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Ed.D., Professor and RLAC Department Chair, and Kathleen Hinchman, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean, (Reading Education M.S., '80; Reading Education Ph.D., '85), have been appointed as the new co-editors of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

ICQI invitation to participate extended to Nyaboke Nduati

Nyaboke Nduati, Literacy Education doctoral candidate, has been invited to participate on a panel at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, being held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 20-23, 2015. She will be presenting two research papers: "Three International Graduate Students' Reflections on Being Multilingual in US University Classrooms" and "Transnational Kenyan Teachers' Narratives of Language and the Intersections of Race in US Universities".

Community Event to be hosted by Marcelle Haddix

Marcelle Haddix, Ph.D., Dean's Associate Professor and director of the English Education programs, will host an event on March 8, 2015 in conjunction with the ArtRage Gallery and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and Internation Women's Day.

Nduati will participate in AERA conference

The American Education Research Association (AERA) has announced that Nyaboke Nduati, a current Literacy Education doctoral candidate, will be participating in the Division K Graduate Student Seminar on April 15th and 16th, 2015 in conjunction with the Annual AERA Conference. In addition, Boke will be participating in the AERA Graduate Student Council 2015 In-Progress Research Session during the conference.

Reimagining Student Writers Features English Ed Doctoral Students

An event, "What High School Students Know", held on February 18th, 2015 featured Sarah Fleming, a current English Education doctoral student, and Eric Janicki, a current English Education doctoral candidate, along with Dean's Associate Professor Marcelle Haddix. This was a part of the Reimagining Student Writers series, sponsored by the Writing Program at Syracuse University.

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