• Jamie Colwell is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the Darden College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy from Clemson University in 2012. Her research interests include disciplinary literacy, teacher education in literacy, and the uses of technology to promote literacy. Dr. Colwell has published in journals such as Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research Quarterly, Teaching & Teacher Education, and Teachers College Record. She also works as an affiliate advisor for the Carpi, Italy Summer Study Abroad program for education majors.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2018 Considering a Twitter-based professional learning network in literacy educationLiteracy Research & Instruction. 1-21.
    2018 Promoting multiple literacies through response to literature in an online summer reading programOnline Learning Journal. 221-247.
    2016 A formative experiment to align middle-school history instruction with literacy goalsTeachers College Record. 1-29.
    2016 Examining pre-service teachers’ beliefs about disciplinary literacy in history through a blog projectAction in Teacher Education. 1-15.
    2016 Exploring how secondary pre-service teachers envision literacy in academic disciplines using online social bookmarkingReading Horizons. 63-74.
    2016 Pre-service teachers’ use of the Technology Integration Planning Cycle to integrate iPads into literacy instructionJournal of Research on Technology in Education. 1-15.
    2016 What are preadolescent readers doing online?: An examination of upper elementary students’ reading, writing, and communication in digital spacesReading Research Quarterly. 361-477.
    2016 “When I Hear Literacy”: Using Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Mathematical Literacy to Inform Program Changes in Teacher EducationTeaching and Teacher Education. 63-74.
    2015 Refining a flipped classroom model in a content area literacy course: Determining modification through reflectionInternational Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments. 249-266.
    2015 Supporting teachers in integrating digital technology into language arts instruction to promote literacyJournal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 56-63.
    2013 Connecting Old and New Literacies in a Transliterate WorldLibrary Media Connection. 14-16.
    2013 Obstacles to developing digital literacy on the Internet in middle-school science instructionJournal of Literacy Research. 295-324.
    2012 Using a collaborative blog project to introduce disciplinary-literacy strategies in social studies pre-service teacher educationJournal of School Connections. 25-52.
    2012 Using a wiki to facilitate an online professional learning community for induction and mentor teachersEducation and Information Technologies. 273-289.
    2012 Using social networks to promote literacy response during teachers' professional developmentLanguage Arts. 230-241.
    2010 Research on small-group discussions of literature - past, present, and future: An analysis of three decadesNational Reading Conference. 57-74.


    Year Title
    2015 Bridging Technology and Literacy: Developing Digital Reading and Writing Practices in Grades K-6.  Rowman & Littlefield.


    Year Title
    2018 Using the Technology Integration Planning Cycle to prepare pre-service teachers for multimodal instructionBest Practices in Teaching Digital Literacies: Literacy Research, Practice, and Evaluation (Vol. 9). Emerald Publishing.
    2017 Using the Technology Integration Planning Cycle to prepare pre-service teachers for multimodal instructionLiteracy Research, Practice, and Evaluation (Vol. 9).
    2015 A brief history of information sources in the late 20th and early 21st century (a simulation)Reading at a crossroads?: Disjunctures and continuities in current conceptions and practices. Routledge.
    2015 Developing a faculty-led study abroad programAdvancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs. Hershey, PA: International Science Reference.
    2015 Lessons learned by living with an Italian family and working in an Italian schoolAdvancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs. Hershey, PA: International Science Reference.
    2013 Illuminating change: Technology, feedback, and revision in writingExploring Technology in Writing and Writing Instruction. IGI Global.
    2013 Integrating disciplinary literacy into middle-school and pre-service teacher educationEducational Design Research: Introduction and Illustrative Cases. Enschede.
    2012 Does national accreditation of education schools improve teacher and education leadership programs? [The counterpoint position]Curriculum and Instruction: Debating Issues in American Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Colwell's research focuses on digital and disciplinary literacy, integrating disciplinary literacy into teacher education, sustained professional development to support teachers' integration of disciplinary literacy, the use of online discussion platforms to promote critical thinking, and qualitative and design-based research.
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Design-based Research
  • Digital Literacy
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Clemson University 2012
  • M.A. in English, Clemson University 2007
  • B.A. in English, Clemson University 2004
  • Full Name

  • Jamie Colwell