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Associate Professor, Literacy Education
Early, Elementary, and Reading Education

Mark Lewis is associate professor of literacy education and his research interests include examining and critiquing representations of adolescence and youth in young adult and adult literature, defining the multifaceted literary competence of secondary students, and identifying effective ways to support linguistically diverse learners. Prior to coming to JMU, he taught middle school English and English as a second language in Arizona, and worked with American Indian high school students in Colorado. Dr. Lewis has over 25 publications, including multiple book chapters and in scholarly journals such as English Education, Middle Grades Research Journal, Study & Scrutiny, Journal of Literacy Research, and Reading Research Quarterly. He is also a co-author of Rethinking the “Adolescent” in Adolescent Literacy (NCTE Press).


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction – Literacy Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A., English Studies, Northern Arizona University
M.Ed., Secondary Education – English Language Arts, Northern Arizona University
B.A., English for Corporate Communications and Management, Christian Brothers University

Selected Scholarship

Lewis, M. A., & Gómez Zisselsberger, M. (2019). Scaffolding and inequitable participation in linguistically diverse book clubs. Reading Research Quarterly, 54, 167-186.

Rodesiler, L., & Lewis, M. A. (2019). “I thought coaches were supposed to set an example”: Coaches’ divergent roles in young adult literature. The ALAN Review, 46(2), 27-39.

Lewis, M. A. (2019). Why did the “star-crossed lovers” never have a chance? (Mis)Guided adult interference in Romeo and Juliet. In C. Hill, & V. Malo-Juvera, (Eds.), Critical approaches to teaching the high school novel: Reinterpreting canonical literature (pp. 18-33).New York, NY: Routledge.

Lewis, M. A. (2018). Disruption of adolescent-adult and death-life binaries: The experiences of Elizabeth Hall in Elsewhere. In M. Falter, & S. Bickmore, (Eds.), Moving beyond personal loss to societal grieving: Discussing death’s social impact through literature in the secondary ELA classroom (pp. 3-12).Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Lewis, M. A., & Bruce, E. (2018). Multiperspectivity in How It Went Down: A more just way of “seeing.” SIGNAL Journal, 43(2), 27-31.

Lewis, M. A., & Rodesiler, L. (2018). Between being and becoming: The adolescent-athlete in young adult fiction. In I. P. Renga, & C. Benedetti, (Eds.), Sports and K-12 education: Insights for teachers, coaches, and school leaders (pp. 135-150). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Professional Affiliations

    • National Council of Teachers of English
      • Assembly of Research (NCTEAR)
      • English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE)
    • Literacy Research Association
      • Conference Area Co-Chair, Text Analysis of Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Literature, 2018-Present
    • American Educational Research Association
    • Maryland Association of School Librarians
      • Black-Eyed Susan Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards Committee
        • Grades 6-9 Graphic Novels sub-committee member, 2018-Present

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