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Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at ILSTE, ACU Brisbane. Professor Mills is the current Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies SIG, of six hundred members (2017-2019), USA.  Professor Mills was recently awarded a prestigious 4-year Future Fellowship of the Australian Research Council to research sensory orchestration for multimodal literacy learning in primary education (FT18010009). Mills has published over 90 works in total, including 5 sole-authored books, an award-winning edited Routledge volume with USA co-editors, and 54 scholarly journal articles and chapters. She has published first-authored or sole-authored research in journals that include Review of Educational Research, Written Communication, and Qualitative Research. Her sole-authored 2016 monograph, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age, won the Literacy Research Association’s 2016 Edward Fry Book Award, USA, a book that is also highly acclaimed by Professors James Gee (Arizona State University) and Brian Street (King’s College London). Her lead edited Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies, USA. Professor Mills has won four Australian Research Council grants (category 1), as a Fellow (x3), or lead investigator, or both, recently developing a culturally-responsive approach to support Indigenous students’ multimodal literacy learning (DE140100047), and developing a teaching and learning approach to strengthen the multimodal expression of emotions of economically disadvantaged primary students (LP150100030). She serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), and on the Review Board of the Reading Teacher (New Jersey), English Teaching Practice and Critique (New Zealand), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.

Research interests

  • Language and literacy education
  • Multimodal literacies
  • Sensory studies
  • Digital and media literacies
  • Writing and literacies pedagogy

Competitive grants and projects

2015-2018 Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme, LP150100030: CI Mills, KA & Unsworth, L, with PI Ferguson, A., Williamson, Quinn, M., Clay, R., and Trembath, M. Developing the Multimodal Language of Emotions of Low SES Primary Students.
2014-2017 Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme, DE140100047 Mills, KA (Principal Research Fellow). Developing the Multimodal Literacy Learning of Indigenous Australian Primary Students through Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being.
2009-2012 Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme, LP 0990289: Woods, AF, Luke, A., Dooley, K., Chandra, V., Mills, KA (Australian Post Doctoral Research Fellow), Exley, B.E. and Dezuanni, M. Digital learning and print literacy: A Design experiment for the reform of low socio-economic, culturally diverse schools.

Research projects on social media

2017 Indigenous Ways to Multimodal Literacy Research Project: DE140100047 Website Facebook
2017 Strengthening Effective Language of Feelings in Education LP150100030 Website Facebook

Professor Kathy Mills Curriculum Vitae

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