The MTSU Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program announces the
4th Annual MTSU Literacy Research Conference

January 30, 2016 at the MTSU College of Education in Murfreesboro, TN


  • Registration open:  December 10, 2015
  • Registration is now closed
  • Conference Date/Time:  January 30, 2016 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Conference Rate: $10.00
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This conference is for students and established scholars to present their research related to literacy in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. We invite researchers and practitioners from various disciplines (e.g., education, psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience) to attend and participate. We encourage presentations of original literacy research, as well as research in progress.  We are especially interested in literacy research that helps bridge the research to practice gap in education. Doug Fuchs Picture

Our keynote speaker will be Doug Fuchs, Ph.D., Professor and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Fuchs has been a principal investigator on 35 federally funded grants that have focused on development of literacy and math interventions, peer-assisted learning strategies, curriculum-based measurement procedures, and RTI. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed studies and has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the social sciences.

More than 30 spoken and poster presentations on current literacy research topics to choose from, including:

  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Integrated literacy
  • RTI2
  • Phonemic awareness for ESL learners
  • Writing strategy instruction for ESL learners
  • Using Lexile® levels to support individualized instruction
  • Equitable literacy learning
  • Fluency instruction and assessment

 Interested in Pursuing a Ph.D. in Literacy?

The Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program ( at Middle Tennessee State University is designed to address one of education's most pressing needs - the shortage of scholars, practitioners, administrators and policy-makers equipped to bridge the gap between the rapidly expanding body of scientific research on the development of literacy and educational practice, policy, and professional preparation. Drawing on the faculty from the College of Education, the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts, this interdisciplinary program offers a flexible framework of courses, field experiences, teaching, and research opportunities designed to provide professionals in various spheres of influence with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively address the literacy crisis in the United States and beyond.

We would like to invite graduate students and practitioners who are interested in learning more about pursuing a doctoral degree in literacy. Attendees and presenters will have the opportunity to meet faculty members and students in the program.