Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Robert A. Griffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches graduate-level courses in literacy, TESOL, and diversity/inclusive education. Before moving into higher education full time, he served as a secondary English and ESOL teacher for 13 years in rural south and urban north Georgia public schools. Dr. Griffin's primary research interests involve discovering ways to increase reading motivation and achievement for English learners and other “at-promise” student groups and to challenge deficit thinking among educators related to the skills and talents of diverse learners. Dr. Griffin serves on editorial review boards for several journals, including the Texas Journal of Literacy Education, the Journal of Teacher Action Research, the Georgia Journal of Reading, and Studies in the Social Sciences, and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the prestigious Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 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

    Fall 2018 Sections

    • PTED-7239 (Lang & Culture in the Classrm) Section: E01
    • READ-7271 (Literacy Theory Dev & Practice) Section: E01
    • ECSE-7500 (Diverse Classrms in Global Soc) Section: E01

    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]