The MTSU Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program announces the
5th Annual MTSU Literacy Research Conference


January 28, 2017 at the MTSU College of Education in Murfreesboro, TN


  • Conference Date/Time:  January 28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Conference Rate: $25.00

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 and we are especially interested in literacy research that helps bridge research to practice in education. 

Our keynote, Linguistic Funds of Knowledge: Building on Bilingual Students’ Home Language Resources, will be presented by Dr. Peter Sayer, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

 Dr. Peter Sayer

 Dr. Peter Sayer, Associate Professor,
University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Sayer is an Associate Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research in the area of educational sociolinguistics focuses on language learners in Texas and Mexico. He is the author of Tensions and Ambiguities in English Language Teacher, as well as over two dozen articles and chapters.

The 2017 program also includes the following presentations:

SAIL: An Intervention for Developing Young Children's Vocabulary Knowledge During Word Study
Dr. Kathy Ganske
Vanderbilt University

Adolescent Reading Comprehension: Trends, Theories, and Interventions
Dr. Eric Oslund
Middle Tennessee State University

Understanding Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Identification in Tennessee with Response to Intervention (RTI)
Casey Brasher, Ed.S.
Middle Tennessee State University and Maury County School System

Transforming our Communities Through Family Literacy Programs
Dr. Terri Tharp
Middle Tennessee State University

Dyslexia 101: A 20 Minute Crash Course
Dr. Tim Odegard
Center for Dyslexia
Middle Tennessee State University

Does the Inner Voice Play a Role in Silent Reading?
Dr. Cyrille Magne
Middle Tennessee State University


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.