The MTSU Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program announces the
10th Annual MTSU Literacy Research Conference

February 25, 2023 at the MTSU College of Education in Murfreesboro, TN



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  • Conference Date/Time:  Saturday, February 25, 2023 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) 
  • Conference Rate: $40.00
  • Registration Dates:  Registration is now closed.

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. 

Dr. Young-Suk KimKeynote Speaker:  Dr. Young-Suk Kim, Ed.D.
"Learning to Read: Beyond the National Reading Panel Report & Simple View of Reading"

Young‐Suk Grace Kim, Ed.D., is a professor and the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ed.D. at Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology with a concentration on Language and Literacy, and a minor concentration on Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education. She was a former classroom teacher.  Dr. Kim’s primary research areas include development and effective instruction in language, cognition, and literacy skills and across languages and writing systems. Her work includes reading comprehension, reading fluency, listening comprehension, dyslexia, higher order cognitive skills, and written composition for monolingual children (English, Korean, Spanish, Chinese), bilingual or multilingual learners, and English learners. Her research has been supported by the Institute of Education Science, the U. S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation. She serves as the Editor‐In‐Chief for the journal, Scientific Studies of Reading; and the Chair of the Vocabulary SIG for the American Educational Research Association.

 Comprehension | Vocabulary | Strategy Instruction | Dyslexia | ELL | Writing | RTI | Assessment


Some of this year's topics include:

  • Evidence-based strategies for comprehension instruction
  • Motivation in reading
  • Vocabulary instruction for English language learners
  • Response to intervention 
  • Neuroscience in literacy
  • Literacy and writing development 
  • Morphology instruction and assessment
  • Primary phonics instruction for at-risk readers
  • Growth mindset and text selection of middle school students

Morphological Awareness | Motivation | Growth Mindset | Professional Development | SLD


Interested in Pursuing a Ph.D. in Literacy? (Post-Bachelor's Program)

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 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.