The Literacy Collaborative

The Literacy Collaborative (LC) housed in the School of Education within LSU's College of Human Science and Education, is a group of committed faculty whose scholarly expertise and interests center on promoting and developing the critical abilities of listening, speaking, reading, writing, thinking, viewing and producing visual representations.

Our mission spans language and literacy from birth through adulthood, with emphasis on culturally congruent approaches. We are committed to literacy as a fundamental human right and the cornerstone of democratic growth. The Collaborative fosters creative and innovative scholarship, teaching, and dialogue related to literacy, language, and culture, birth through adulthood, in diverse settings. Our work includes undergraduate and graduate programs as well as the continued development of professionals in larger communities. As committed scholars and practitioners we network and consult with local, regional, state, national, and international communities of professionals to further our mission beyond the university and into community and classroom spaces. 

Estanislado S. Barrera, IV
Renee Casbergue
Karen S. Donnelly
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Julie Rollins
Kim Skinner


Literacy faculty at LSU's School of Education are nationally recognized scholars representing philosophically diverse literacy perspectives ranging from early literacy through adulthood, encompassing views from holistic and culturally-centered, to skill-based approaches to understanding dyslexia.  Our graduate program offers rigorous curriculum that combines theory with practice, producing cutting edge research.  Students work with distinguished literacy faculty who are well-regarded nationally.  One faculty member is a National Board Certified Teacher and another, winner of the Milken National Educator Award.  We offer wide ranging professional learning and development.

Literacy faculty at LSU SOE have produced over 200 scholarly publications including articles, book chapters, books, encyclopedia entries, newsletter articles., and textbooks.  External funding exceeds $4.5 million.  

LSU Literacy faculty are members of twelve international and national reading/literacy editorial review boards:  English Education, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices, Journal of research in childhood education, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading Psychology, Reading Teacher, The Signal Journal, Voices from the Middle, as well as the ALAN Review, Journal of Balanced Reading Instruction, Literacy and Social Responsibility ejournal.

LSU SOE literacy faculty regularly present research at prestigious conferences:  American Educational Research Association, International Reading Association, Literacy Research Association, Louisiana Reading Association, National Association for the Education of the Young Child, National Council Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project.