Dr. Kathleen Alley

Dr. Kathleen Alley


  • Elementary Education Faculty


  • Associate Professor




  • 349 Allen Hall

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.

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
    • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 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
    • Master’s coursework in Reading and Literacy Studies (18 hours), 4.0 GPA, 2008 - 2009
    • M.A., Library and Information Science, May 1997 Concentration: Instruction Technology
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.S., Elementary Education, April 1984
      • Minors: Social Studies, English