Part-time Faculty


Dr. Robert A. Griffin is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches graduate-level courses in literacy and TESOL education. In addition to his work in higher education, he has served as a high school English and ESOL teacher for almost 13 years in rural south and urban north Georgia public schools. Dr. Griffin's primary research interests involve discovering ways to increase reading motivation for English learners and other at-promise student groups. For leisure, Dr. Griffin enjoys reading, traveling, visiting family, and spending time with his spouse, Mandi, and their two children, Miriam and Sarah Ruth.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Secondary English Education, Valdosta State University, 2005
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Valdosta State University, 2007
  • Ed.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy Education, Valdosta State University, 2012
  • Ed.D., School Improvement, Literacy Education, University of West Georgia, 2016
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Spring 2018 Sections

    • PTED-7241 (Tch Eng as 2nd Lang:Meth & Mtl) Section: E01
    • READ-7271 (Literacy Theory Dev & Practice) Section: E01

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • PTED-7239 (Lang & Culture in the Classrm) Section: E01
    • READ-7271 (Literacy Theory Dev & Practice) Section: E01

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • READ-7263 (Comp Lit Assessmnt & Intervent) Section: E01
    • READ-7271 (Literacy Theory Dev & Practice) Section: E01
  • Publication List

    Gonzales, M. & Griffin, R. A. (2018). Building comprehension through explicit and organic vocabulary instruction for English learners. Georgia Journal of Reading, 41(1), 13-19. [View Publication]

    Hendrix, R. A., & Griffin, R. A. (2017). Developing enhanced morphological awareness in adolescent learners. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 61(1), 55–63. doi:10.1002/jaal.642 [View Publication]

    Woodruff, A. H., & Griffin, R. A. (2017). Reader response in secondary settings: Increasing comprehension through meaningful interactions with literary texts. Texas Journal of Literacy Education, 5(2), 108–116. [View Publication]

    Hendrix, R. A., & Griffin, R. A. (2017). “Rooting on” adolescents: Improving morphological knowledge. Literacy Today, 35(3), 36–37. [View Publication]

    Griffin, R. A., Martinez, J., & Martin, E. P. (2014). Rosetta Stone and language proficiency of international secondary school English language learners. Engaging Cultures & Voices, 6(2), 36–73. [View Publication]