The MTSU Literacy Studies Ph.D. Program announces the
8th Annual MTSU Literacy Research Conference

February 29, 2020 at the MTSU College of Education in Murfreesboro, TN



  • Conference Date/Time:  Saturday, February 29, 2020 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Conference Rate: $35.00 (includes lunch)
  • 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. 

 Wanzek Picture

Keynote Speaker: Jeanne Wanzek
“Leading the Way with Intensive Reading Interventions”
Jeanne Wanzek is a professor in the Department of Special Education and
the Currey-Ingram Endowed Chair at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.


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)

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.