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Investigation and scholarship

in the intersections of language, literacy and culture in educational settings
The doctoral program considers ways to create transformative spaces to enrich, empower and advocate for all learners, including K-12 students and adults. Our scholarship and praxis in language, literacy and culture education explores the sociocultural contexts of learning, promotes digital and global perspectives on language and literacy education and advances expertise in the complexities of communicating and engaging our global society.


Disciplinary Pillars

Our program focuses on the ways in which language, literacy and culture are integrally linked in K-12 and adult teaching and learning contexts. We examine the social, cultural and political constructions and institutions that affect language, literacy and culture education from various theoretical lenses and through diverse research methodologies. Much of our coursework and scholarship aligns with the following five disciplinary pillars:

Student Resources


Our expert faculty are here to help you achieve academic and personal success, including working closely with you throughout the dissertation process and engaging in collaborative research and scholarly projects. 


Once admitted to the program, you are assigned a doctoral committee advisor/chair who will help you select faculty to serve on your advisory committee.



All doctoral applicants who request to be considered for assistantships by the priority deadline are automatically considered for available Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Research Assistantship positions.



Review details regarding the application process, admission requirements and degree information.




Dr. Jenn Sanders Program CoordinatorLanguage, Literature and
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