Donna E. Alvermann (Inducted 1999)

University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA


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Department of Language and Literacy Education, 309 Aderhold Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7123



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Biographical Statement

Donna E. Alvermann is University of Georgia Appointed Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education. Formerly a classroom teacher in Austin, Texas and New York, her research focuses on young people's literacies and popular culture in digital environments.

Author of numerous articles and principal investigator of several major grants, she was Co-Director of the National Reading Research Center from 1992-1997. Her co-authored/edited books include: Adolescents and Literacies in a Digital World; Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents' Lives (2nd ed.); Content Reading and Literacy: Succeeding in Today's Diverse Classrooms (6th ed.); Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, Grades 4-12, Bring It to Class: Unpacking Pop Culture in Literacy Learning; and Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, & Popular Culture.

Having served as editor of Reading Research Quarterly (2003-2007) and past president of the National Reading Conference (NRC), she currently serves on the Adolescent Literacy Advisory Group of the Alliance for Excellent Education. She is the recipient of NRC's Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research, and the Kingston Service Award; College Reading Association's Laureate Award, and the Herr Award for Contributions to Research in Reading

Education. In 2006, she received the International Reading Association's William S. Gray Citation of Merit and the American Reading Forum's Townsend Award.

Outside the academy, she works with Jazz, her Golden Retriever puppy, to achieve Novice-A status in AKC obedience. (Wish us both, luck!)