I am a Professor of Literacy Education at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I have been honored with the Illinois Master Teaching Award, the National-Louis University Outstanding Faculty Award (2001), and the University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence for Tenured Faculty in 2007-2008, and the 2009 Presidential Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Service.
I was the lead coeditor, along with Janie Harmon and Elizabeth Pate, of Voices From the Middle, which is published by the National Council of Teachers of English. I am also the Director of the San Antonio Writing Project. I've also published two books, Who's Invited to Share?: Using Literacy to Teach for Equity and Social Justice and Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education, both published by Heinemann.
My research focuses on social justice literacy with four major strands: Multimodal digital literacy, writing, social justice (bullying and literacy) and literacy strategies and processes. These strands are threaded together by the fifth area of professional development.