Mary Styslinger


Mary E. Styslinger is an associate professor of English and Literacy Education at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Midlands Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. She served as secondary program coordinator and advises students pursuing MT, MAT, MEd, and Ph.D. degrees in secondary English and Literacy education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English and literacy methods. She has published articles in English Journal, Voices from the Middle, Language Arts, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Kappan and is a frequent presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English, International Reading Association, and the Literacy Research Association conferences. She has received grants to fund her research and professional development with teachers from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation as well as the National Writing Project. She is passionate in her research efforts to interweave literacy into the secondary English curriculum and across the disciplines. Recently she has focused her attention on marginalized and at-risk youth including those incarcerated and those on the autism spectrum.

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  • || Workshopping the Canon || Literacy behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults

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