Core Faculty in Literacy Studies

The core faculty of the Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program forms an interdisciplinary team of active researchers across departments (Elementary & Special Education, Psychology, English, Speech & Theater) and three colleges (Behavioral and Health Sciences, Education, and Liberal Arts).

For more information about a particular faculty member, see faculty profiles.

Jwa K. Kim, Ph.D., Program Director
Full Professor
Education: University of Oklahoma
Department: Psychology
Expertise: Psychometrics; Quantitative Psychology
Website: http://www.mtsu.edu/psychology/faculty/kim
Email: Jwa.Kim@mtsu.edu
Phone: 615-904-8419

Current Research:

  • Item Response Theory
  • Test Construction and Validation
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Applied Statistics

 

Aleka A. Blackwell, Ph.D., Interim Program Co-Director
Associate Professor
Education: Boston University
Department: English
Expertise: Linguistics and Language Acquistion
Website: http://www.mtsu.edu/english/Profiles/blackwell.php
Email: Aleka.Blackwell@mtsu.edu

Current Research:

  • Lexical acquisition in young children
  • Lexical development in adolescents
  • Vowel system of speakers of modern Greek

 

Amy Elleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Education: Vanderbilt University
Department: Elementary & Special Education
Expertise: Reading Comprehension Assessment & Instruction
Email: Amy.Elleman@mtsu.edu

Current Research:

  • Evaluating the validity of current reading comprehension tests
  • Conducting a meta-analysis of comprehension interventions
  • Developing a method for teaching inference generation to children who struggle with extracting meaning from text

 

Rebecca M. Fischer, Ph.D. 
Full Professor 
Education: Vanderbilt University
Department: Speech and Theater
Expertise: Audiology and Speech Pathology
Website: http://www.mtsu.edu/commdis/faculty/rfischer.php
Email: Rebecca.Fischer@mtsu.edu

Current Research:

  • Clinical supervision and instruction
  • Family intervention for children with hearing loss
  • Auditory processing disorders

 

Cyrille Magne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Education: University of Paul C├ęzanne, Marseille, France
Department: Psychology
Expertise: Cognitive Neuroscience
Website: http://www.mtsu.edu/~cmagne
Email: Cyrille.Magne@mtsu.edu

Current research:

  • Neural basis of language perception and comprehension
  • Exploration of the similarities and differences between the brain areas involved in language and music processing