Professor Kathy Mills

Literacies and Digital Cultures

Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at ILSTE, ACU Brisbane. Professor Mills has published over 90 works in total, including 5 sole-authored books, an award-winning edited Routledge volume with USA 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, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Language and Education, and Linguistics and Education. Her 2016 book, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age won the LRA Edward Fry Book Award, which is highly acclaimed by Professors James Gee (Arizona State University), Brian Street (King’s College London) and David Howes (Concordia University, Canada). Professor Mills is an Associate Editor of the Australian Educational Researcher. She leads two Australian Research Council grants, researching Indigenous ways of knowing and being in multimodal literacy practices in school (DE 140100047), and developing the multimodal expression of emotions of socially and economically disadvantaged primary students (LP 150100030). 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. She has served in a number of executive research leadership roles for the American Educational Research Association, and is the current Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies SIG, of six hundred members (2015-2016).

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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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