The MTSU Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program announces the
9th Annual MTSU Literacy Research Conference - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

February 26, 2022
9th Annual MTSU Literacy Research conference will be held ONLINE!





  • Conference Date/Time:  Saturday, February 26, 2022 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) - VIRTUAL
  • Conference Rate:  FREE
  • Registration Dates:  January 10 - February 7, 2022


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. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, renowned educator leader and researcher, will be our keynote speaker this year. She is the author of several books including:  
Teaching Words and How They Work: Small Changes for Big Vocabulary Results  
Finding The Right Texts for Beginning and Struggling Readers: Research-Based Solutions  
Reading More, Reading Better: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy 

Previous Keynote Speakers

  • 2013 ‐ Dr. Don Compton
  • 2014 ‐ Dr. David Dickinson
  • 2015 ‐ Dr. Laurie Cutting
  • 2016 ‐ Dr. Doug Fuchs
  • 2017 – Dr. Peter Sayer
  • 2018 – Dr. Marcia Barnes
  • 2019 – Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed., LDT‐C
  • 2020 – Dr. Jeanne Wanzek

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

Topics presented at past conferences:

  • Literacy and writing development (across age groups)
  • Comprehension instruction and assessment
  • Vocabulary and writing instruction for English language learners
  • Secondary vocabulary interventions
  • Response to intervention
  • Neuroscience in literacy
  • Morphology instruction and assessment
  • Primary phonics instruction for at-risk readers
  • Motivation and self-perception of middle school students
  • Prosodic sensitivity and reading skills
  • Mindset and self-regulation in writing instruction for young children

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


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

  • Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Admission is February 1, 2022
    General Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Admission is June 1, 2022

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.