Writing and Literacies SIG 137
Message from SIG Chair

Welcome to the Writing & Literacies SIG!

We are a vibrant, strong SIG with a diverse membership, and we hope you’ll find a home here. 

We’re excited to offer a broad program at the annual AERA conference, thanks to the hard work of our Program Chair Amy Stornaiuolo, our Treasurer Anna Smith, our Communication Chair, Jayne Lammers, our SIG Service Team (see below), including the Awards Committee Chair, Donna Alvermann, and all of our volunteer reviewers. 

If you’re a prospective member, please join our community:

  • Share and promote your writing and literacies research to an international network
  • Find out what’s hot in writing and literacies research
  • Listen to the podcasts by our writing and literacies scholars
  • Contribute to our twice-yearly newsletters
  • Make new connections on our Twitter Chat #literacies: http://literacieschat.wordpress.com

We look forward to hearing from prospective and current members through our social media outlets as well on Twitter at @writinglit and on Facebook in the AERA Writing & Literacies SIG group.

Have a great academic year.

Kathy A. Mills
Writing & Literacies SIG Chair


Writing and Literacies On Air Podcast Series
SIG Purpose
To promote research in writing and literacy at all age levels and across cultural and social (including institutional) contexts; to provide a forum for idea exchange related to writing and literacy research, theory, and practice across disciplines.
Who We Are

We have over 600 members.  Consider joining us!

AERA Writing and Literacies SIG Executive Committee

Chair: Kathy Mills (Kathy.Mills@acu.edu.au), 
Learning Sciences Institute Australia 

Program Chair: Amy Stornaiuolo (amystorn@gse.upenn.edu),
University of Pennsylvania

Secretary/Treasurer: Anna Smith (amsmi11@ilstu.edu), 
Illinois State University

Communication Chair: Jayne C. Lammers (jlammers@warner.rochester.edu),
University of Rochester
Past Chair: Jessica Zacher Pandya, California State University

AERA Writing and Literacies SIG Service

New Media Scholarship Coordinators: Betina Hsieh , California State University - Long Beach, and Michael T. O’Connor, Providence College
Historian/Documentarian: Phil Nichols, University of Pennsylvania
Awards Committee Chair: Donna Alvermann, University of Georgia
Awards Committee: Rebecca Woodard, University of Illinois - Chicago, Jon Wargo, Boston College, and Nadia Behizadeh, Georgia State University
AERA 2018

We look forward to having you join us in New York City, April 13-17, 2018 for the AERA Annual Meeting. This year's conference theme is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." You can read more about the conference theme here: http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/2018-Annual-Meeting-Theme  

Check out the Spring 2018 Newsletter or the AERA website's online program portal for more details about the great Writing & Literacies SIG sessions that will be part of the program. 

Join us on Saturday evening, from 6:15 - 8:00 p.m. in the Millenium Broadway New York Times Square, Room 3.11, for the Annual SIG Business Meeting. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a chance to mix and mingle with mentors, mentees, and other SIG members, the presentation of awards, and then a special presentation by Cyphers for Justice!

CFJ We Matter Group Pic CROPPEDCyphers for Justice (CFJ) is a youth and educator development program housed within the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Columbia University, College Now at Queens College, and Rikers Island. CFJ apprentices NYC city High School youth, incarcerated youth, and NYC teachers as critical researchers through the use of hip hop, spoken word, digital literacy, and critical social research methods. Founded within the traditions of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and hip hop culture, CFJ youth work alongside Columbia University and Queens College students (undergraduate and graduate), professors, and community-based teaching artists, to conduct research and present their findings on relevant social issues.

Awards History

In an effort to complete our SIG historical records and fill in a few unknowns, the AERA Writing & Literacies SIG is asking members for information about past winners of the Steve Cahir Award & Steve Witte Award

If you received or you know someone who received either of these two awards from the SIG, please email our current SIG Historian, Phil Nichols at tnich@gse.upenn.edu with the name of the awardee and the year.

Steve Cahir Award
Past winner:

Lindy L. Johnson, William & Mary (2017)

Steve Witte Award
Past winner:
Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University (2016)
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