story by Claire Miller
College of Education & Human Development Assistant Professor Rosalyn Harvey-Torres is one of two researchers nationwide chosen for the 2022 Emerging Scholars Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Literacy Research Association’s Reading Hall of Fame.
The Reading Hall of Fame, which focuses on improving reading instruction, established the program to support and encourage new faculty members to concentrate on research and publication.
Harvey-Torres’s research examines multilingual students’ bi/multiliterate practices across in-school and out-of-school spaces. She explores the lived literacy experiences of transnational teachers and how teachers and students build spaces of agency in classrooms. She is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association Bilingual Education Special Interest Group’s Dissertation Award and was co-author and researcher on a Spencer Small Research Grant examining expansive approaches to writing instruction in dual language schools. Her work has been published in several academic journals spanning the areas of language, literacy and teacher education, including Language Arts, Research in the Teaching of English, The Journal of Teacher Education, The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and the Journal of Language, Identity and Education.
She will be paired with two Reading Hall of Fame mentors: Jeanne Paratore, professor emerita at Boston University, and Robert Rueda, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California. They will offer work/life balance advice, review manuscripts and suggest grant opportunities, among other mentorship activities. She will also have the opportunity to meet with other mentors and scholars at national and international conferences and potentially present her research and experiences at Reading Hall of Fame-sponsored conference sessions.
“Being named an Emerging Scholars Fellow by the Reading Hall of Fame is encouraging and sustaining,” Harvey-Torres said. “To me, it means that this respected group of scholars in the literacy field saw the promise and potential significance of my work. And, they want to support me to continue growing and developing as a scholar.”
For more information on the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, visit https://www.readinghalloffame.org/reading-hall-fame-emerging-scholars-fellowship.