Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Technology

Language, Literacy, and Technology

The specialization in Language, Literacy, and Technology prepares scholars to carry out research in a broad range of areas related to language and literacy development, the use of information and communication technology in education, and the intersection of technology use and language/literacy development.

Students in this specialization will take course work on or independently investigate topics such as second language learning, reading and writing development, the use of computers and the Internet in language or literacy instruction, online learning, videogames and learning, and the development of information and multimedia literacy, focusing on both school and out-of school settings. Students in the specialization will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a broad range of research methodologies, from video case study to experimentation to ethnography to discourse analysis.

Applicants to this specialization will ordinarily have had prior coursework or experience in areas such as language learning, applied linguistics, TESOL, literacy, instructional technology, or educational media. We expect that graduates in this specialization will seek academic positions or research appointments in a wide range of fields or departments, such as education, English, applied linguistics, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, language and literacy, and TESOL.


Ph.D. Faculty in Language, Literacy, and Technology

School of Education Faculty

  • Rebecca Black - Language and Literacy, Popular Culture, Online Learning
  • Penelope Collins - Cognition and Learning, Linguistic Diversity, Reading, Phonological Processing, Learning Disabilities
  • Joshua Lawrence - Adolescent Reading, Vocabulary Development, Longitudinal Analysis, Second Language Acquistion
  • Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez - Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Language Minority Learners
  • Carol Booth Olson - Academic Writing, Language Arts, Adolescent Literacy
  • Mark Warschauer - Digital Learning, Language and Literacy, STEM, Learning Analytics

Affiliated Faculty

  • Jonathan Alexander - Writing, Technology, Digital Literacy
  • Gillian Hayes - Ubiquitous computing, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Assistive Technology, Educational Technology, Medical Technology
  • Susan Jarratt - Composition, Rhetoric, Discourse Analysis
  • Mizuko Ito - Technology Usage, specifically focusing on Children and Youth's Changing Relationships to Media and Communications
  • Glenn Levine - Applied Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Foreign Language Pedagogy, German-Jewish Literature, Yiddish Language and Literature
  • Julia Lupton - Renaissance Literature, Literature and Psychology, Instructional Technology
  • Robin Scarcella - Language Minority Education, Academic Language Development
  • William (Bill) Tomlinson - Computer Graphics & Visualization, Environmental Informatics, Human Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing