Hilary Janks (Inducted 2014)

Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa


hilary.janks [at] gmail.com

Biographical Statement

 Hilary publishes about engaging students of all ages in critical literacy as she integrates social theory and classroom practice. Her research addresses multiliteracies and cultural diversity in South Africa, and her innovations in teaching have influenced critical literacy throughout the world. She consults with critical literacy scholars in other countries exploring how her work relates to varied contexts. Her research concerns power relations with a range of oral and written texts through critical discourse. She addresses theoretical and praxis issues internationally in Literacy and Power (2009) and provides curriculum ideas and materials for critical inquiry for classroom use in her series Critical Awareness. She is committed to equity and social justice for children of poverty. She teaches undergraduate courses for teachers, postgraduate courses in systemic functional linguistics, and critical research methods, and she supervises doctoral students. Hilary is internationally known for cutting edge publications.