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:  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. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert

"The Science of Reading and Texts:  When What, How Much"

Dr. Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of TextProject, a non-profit aimed at providing open-access resources for teaching beginning and struggling readers.  Hiebert has served on the faculties of the Universities of Kentucky, Colorado-Boulder, Michigan, and California-Berkeley.  Her research, which addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts, has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. Hiebert’s contributions have been recognized through awards such as the Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Contributions to Reading Research (Literacy Research Association, 2015) and the Research to Practice award (American Educational Research Association, 2013).

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

Some of this year's topics include:

  • Practical Comprehension Strategies in the K-3 Classroom  
  • The Influence of Motivational Factors on Reading Comprehension for Elementary School Students with Dyslexia 
  • Key Components of Effective Reading Comprehension Instruction  
  • Racial Diversity in K-3 Literacy: Teaching Through Culturally Relevant Literature 
  • Influences of Teacher-Student Background Characteristics on Students’ Literacy Outcomes  
  • How to Increase Writing Output While Decreasing Grading Time: Integrating Research-Based Recommendations With Technology and Traditional Teaching Strategies
  • Evidenced-Based Practices for Teaching Writing to Students with Learning Disabilities 
  • Taking Research to Practice: Vocabulary Instruction for Middle School Students  
  • Teacher Knowledge of Early Reading on Students’ Gains in Reading Foundational Skills and Comprehension 
  • Examining the Validity, Reliability, and Item Discrimination of a Measurement Tool for Reading Motivation  
  • Psychometric Validation of a Brief Scalable Test of Prosody Sensitivity  
  • Variables That Predict Successful Outcomes for High School ELLs  

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


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

  • 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.