Professor Kathy Ann Mills

Professorial Future Fellow, Australian Research Council
Literacies and Digital Cultures

Kathy Ann Mills

Areas of expertise: multimodality and multiliteracies; sensory literacies; digital and media practices; writing and literacies pedagogies; socio-cultural, socio-spatial, and socio-material literacy research; critical theory; big data, digital data, and online data

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1140-3545

Phone: +617 3861 6234

Email: kathy.mills@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

Kathy A. Mills is a Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at the Institute for Learning Science and Teacher Education (ILSTE), ACU, Brisbane. Her leading research examines gaps in current knowledge and educational uses of digital media and literacy practices, extending theories of multimodality, multiliteracies, New Literacy Studies, sensory studies, embodiment, and critical literacy. Mills has published over 100 academic works, including award-winning books.

Professor Mills has won five Australian Research Council grants (category 1), including three as a named Fellow, with total category one grant income to date of $2.47 million. Professor Mills currently holds the only Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship won in education in 2018, to develop multimodal literacy learning through the senses in primary education nationally and internationally (FT18010009; 2019-2022). She is a chief investigator of an ARC Discovery grant, Coding Animated Narratives as Contemporary Multimodal Authorship in Schools and is an international PI researching critical digital literacies with USN, Norway (NRC).

She has published in high quality journals including Review of Educational ResearchJournal of Second Language Writing, The Sociological Review, Teaching and Teacher Education, 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. 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 serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), Written Communication (USA), Language Education (UK), English Teaching Practice and Critique (NZ), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. She maintains a public research voice for literacy research through national radio, TV, news media and social media, and assesses research grants in Australia and internationally.

Curriculum vitae


Select publications

Books

  • Mills, K.A. (2019). Big data for qualitative research. London, England: Routledge.
  • Mills, K. A., Stornaiuolo, A., Smith, A., & Pandya, J. (2018). Handbook of writing, literacies, and education in digital cultures. London, England: Routledge. 
  • Mills, K. A. (2016). Literacy theories for the digital age: Social, critical, multimodal, spatial, socio-material & sensory lenses. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • Mills, K.A. (2010). The Multiliteracies Classroom.Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

Sample journal articles

Projects 

Accolades and awards

International Awards

  • 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence 21st Century Literacies, Oklahoma State
  • Edward Fry Book Award 2016, “Literacy Theories for the Digital Age”, Literacy Research Association, USA 
  • Springer Journal (CSSE) 2016 Best Paper Award, AERA 

National Awards

  • ARC Future Fellowship: Developing interdisciplinary methods of sensory orchestration for multimodal literacy learning in primary education nationally and internationally (FT180100009). 2019-2023. 
  • ARC DECRA Fellowship: Awarded 1 of 5 Discovery Early Career Research Awards nationally in education (DE140100047). 2014-2017.
  • ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Awarded 1 of 2 ARC Australian Post-Doctoral (Industry) fellowships nationally in education in 2009 (LP150100030) 2009-2011.

University awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award 2020, Research/Research Partnerships, ACU
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence 2016, QUT
  • Research Excellence Award (x3), 2011, 2013, 2018, QUT 
  • Publication Achievement Award (x5), 2003, 2011,2012, 2014, 2014, QUT and CHC 
  • Teaching and Learning Award, 2012 
  • Outstanding PhD Supervision Award, 2012 
  • Outstanding Book Award – “The Multiliteracies Classroom”, 2011, QUT

Grant agency review panel

  • Assessor, Australian Research Council, 2013-current
  • Assessor, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), 2020-current
  • Assessor, Czech Science Foundation, Czech Republic, 2012-current

Public engagement

  • Professor Mills engages in knowledge transfer via social media, radio broadcasts, online news, and television news.
  • Professor Mills' research findings (AJLL, G7#28) about high-stakes testing/NAPLAN lead to invited national radio broadcasts on ABC (21/04/14), 5AA (14/08/14), 2SER radio (19/04/14), 4BC 116 News Talk (12/05/15) Melbourne’s 3AW 693 (11/02/16), and on ABC TV (12/15/15). 
  • Mills' DECRA findings on Indigenous multimodal literacy practices led to a radio interview with ABC's Speaking Out Indigenous program (14/01/15).
  • Research on large schools: Canberra Times (06/13), and Channel 9 TV News (25/10/2013).
  • Mills’ media outreach also includes coverage in:
  • The Conversation: Technology and learning in the classroom: Six tips to get the balance right. February 19, 2019. 
  • Radio Interviews: Open House; and ABC radio with Kat Feeney.
  • Planbook: How to Create a Connected Classroom: Tools, Boundaries and Considerations.

Appointments and affiliations

  • Professorial Future Fellow, Australian Research Council and Australian Catholic University (ACU), 2019-current
  • Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU, 2016-current
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, 2015-2016
  • Senior Research Fellow, Australian Research Council and QUT, 2014-2015
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, QUT, Australia, 2012-2014
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Education, QUT, Australia, 2011-2012

Editorial roles

Journal Editorship

  • Australian Educational Researcher, 2014-2016

International Editorial Review Boards

  • English Teaching: Practice and Critique, New Zealand, 2016-current 
  • Journal of Literacy Research, USA, 2014-current
  • Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Australia, 2014-current 
  • The Reading Teacher, USA, 2011-2013

 

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