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Kathleen Alley, Ph.D.

Office: 347 Allen Hall
Phone: 6623252587

(Curriculum Vitae)

Dr. Kathleen M. Alley

Associate Professor, Literacy

Elementary Education Program  



University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Studies, August 2013
Major: Literacy Studies
Minor: Educational Psychology
Dissertation: Playing in Trelis Weyr: Investigating Collaborative Authorship in a Dragons of Pern Role-Play-Game Forum

M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, May 1997
Concentration: Instruction Technology

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
B.S., Elementary Education, April 1984
Minors: Social Studies, English


Mississippi State University, May 2013 - Present
RDG 3413, Middle Level Literacy 1
RDG 3423, Middle Level Literacy 2
EDE 3343, Teaching Adolescent Literature
EDE 8633, Teaching Writing K-8, 3 credits
RDG 8113, Middle School Literacy Learners
RDG 8123, Supporting Middle School Literacy Instruction

Research Interests:

Dr. Alley’s research agenda focuses on three, interwoven strands: (1) literacy teaching and learning, (2) middle grades teaching and learning, and (3) new media literacies and technology integration, all within K-12 and college contexts. She situates much of her research in a rural context, providing an opportunity to expand the scope of research to include rural contexts and conversations. When investigating within these strands, Dr. Alley also seeks to examine elements that influence K-8 students, teachers, and teacher candidates sense of well-being, motivation, and success, and to foreground their voices. 

For a full listing of Dr. Alley’s teaching, research activities, work supported by external funding, and service, please click on the curricular vitae link above.

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