The Literacy Collaborative

The Literacy Collaborative (LC) housed in the School of Education within LSU's College of Human Science and Education, is a group of committed faculty whose scholarly expertise and interests center on promoting and developing the critical abilities of listening, speaking, reading, writing, thinking, viewing and producing visual representations.

Our mission spans language and literacy from birth through adulthood, with emphasis on culturally congruent approaches. We are committed to literacy as a fundamental human right and the cornerstone of democratic growth. The Collaborative fosters creative and innovative scholarship, teaching, and dialogue related to literacy, language, and culture, birth through adulthood, in diverse settings. Our work includes undergraduate and graduate programs as well as the continued development of professionals in larger communities. As committed scholars and practitioners we network and consult with local, regional, state, national, and international communities of professionals to further our mission beyond the university and into community and classroom spaces. 

Estanislado S. Barrera, IV
Renee Casbergue
Erin Casey
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Julie Rollins
Kim Skinner
Suzanne Stauffer


Literacy Collaborative faculty at LSU's School of Education and School of Library Science are nationally and internationally recognized scholars representing philosophically diverse literacy perspectives ranging from early literacy through adulthood, encompassing views from holistic and culturally-centered to skill-based approaches.  Our graduate program offers rigorous curriculum that combines theory with practice, producing cutting edge research.  Students work with distinguished literacy faculty who are well-regarded nationally and internationally.  One faculty member, Sulentic Dowell, is a National Board Certified Teacher.  The Literacy Collaborative offers wide-ranging professional learning and development.

Literacy faculty at LSU’s Literacy Collaborative have produced over 200 scholarly publications including articles, book chapters, books, encyclopedia entries, newsletter articles, and handbooks.  External funding exceeds $6 million.  

LSU Literacy Collaborative faculty are members of ten international and national reading/literacy editorial review boards as review board members or guest editors:  English Education, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading Psychology, Reading Teacher, Journal of Balanced Literacy Instruction, Pedagogies: An International Journal, Equity, Excellent and Education, and Social Responsibility ejournal.

LSU Literacy Collaborative faculty regularly present research at prestigious conferences:  American Educational Research Association, International Literacy Association, Literacy Research Association, Louisiana Reading Association, National Association for the Education of the Young Child, National Council Teachers of English, National Association for Multicultural Education, International Association of Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement, The Oxford Ethnography Conference, and the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting.