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