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Tue, October 22, 2019
  Misty Sailors

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching



Dr. Misty Sailors obtained her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a professor of literacy education in the department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and is a reading researcher, reading specialist, and program developer. Dr. Sailors’ scholarly pursuits have contributed to the body of knowledge in the field of literacy education, specifically (a) literacy tools found in classrooms; (b) the professional development of reading teachers and literacy coaches with a particular focus on comprehension instruction; (c) reading program development (Tier I and Tier II); and (d) reading research methodologies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Literacy Research, and The Reading Teacher.

Sailors’ work focuses on the metacognitive reading strategies used during active comprehension and the types of texts in classrooms that support metacognitive development in young children. Dr. Sailors has more than 75 publications and recently co-edited the 7th edition of the Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy with Donna Alvermann, Norm Unrau, and Rob Ruddell. Sailors served the International Literacy Association as a member of the Standard Revision Committee (Standards for Literacy Professionals 2017) and the Literacy Research Panel. She is a former member of the Board of Directos for the Literacy Research Assocation. 

Sailors was the primary investigator for several large, federally funded research projects, all of which were multi-site, field-based studies, including one research project that spanned three countries.

Sailors actively works with literacy teachers and literacy coaches in the USA. Sailors conducts research in classrooms with teachers, literacy coaches, and literacy specialists in Chile, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa. In addition, Sailors served as a voluntary research consultant with the Children’s Book Project in Tanzania and Room to Read in Bangladesh. Sailors teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education and doctoral research courses at UTSA.

Sailors is the editor of the Journal of Literacy Research and the director of the Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies

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