Editorial Team


Image of Dr. Robert Griffin, Editor

Dr. Robert A. Griffin is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches graduate-level courses in literacy education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and diversity/inclusive education. Before moving into higher education full time, he served as a secondary English and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher for 13 years in rural south and urban north Georgia public schools. Dr. Griffin's primary research interests involve exploring reading motivation and achievement for bi/multilingual students, striving readers, and at-promise student groups and challenging deficit-oriented paradigms related to the skills and talents of diverse learners. In addition to serving as an editor of the Georgia Journal of Literacy (and former senior editor of GATESOL Journal), Dr. Griffin serves on editorial review boards for several journals in the fields of literacy education and TESOL. Dr. Griffin has published articles on topics ranging from quantitative analyses of reading motivation among adolescent native-Spanish-speakers to pedagogical pieces on authentic writing instruction and morphological awareness for culturally and linguistically diverse students. His work has appeared in journals such as Reading Psychology, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Image of Dr. Bethany Scullin, Editor

Dr. Bethany L. Scullin is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Scullin earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in Literacy and Urban Education at Kent State University (2010-2014). Before entering higher education, Bethany taught for a decade in southwest Florida in second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. She also served as a full-time temporary instructor (2010-2016) and assistant professor (2016-2017) in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Edinboro University in northwest Pennsylvania. In addition, she earned National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy (2008-2018) and is an English as a Second Language Program Specialist (K-12). Bethany also serves on the National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Books Award Selection Committee. Her research interests include developing a culturally relevant literature-based reading curriculum for African American adolescent male students and promoting race talk through picture books in elementary classrooms.

Editorial Assistant

Image of Kaelyn Pourron, Editorial Assistant

Kaelyn Pourron is a graduate assistant in the Department of Early Childhood through Secondary Education at the University of West Georgia (UWG). She graduated from UWG with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology. Now, she is a graduate student in the UWG College of Education, majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. She provides speech services to clients at West Georgia's on-site Comprehensive Community Clinic as part of her studies.

Editorial Review Board

Dr. Jennifer K. Allen, University of West Georgia

Dr. Kim Stevens Barker, Augusta University

Dr. Alexandra Lampp Berglund, Georgia College and State University

Dr. William P. Bintz, Kent State University

Dr. Debra Coffey, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Kathleen Crawford, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Jennifer Graff, University of Georgia

Dr. Daphne Greenberg, Georgia State University

Dr. Mary Guay, University of Georgia

Dr. Virginie Jackson, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Vicki Luther, Mercer University

Dr. Taylor Norman, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Tami Ogletree, University of West Georgia

Dr. Rebecca H. Owen, Gordon County Schools (GA)

Dr. Lisa Parker, Penn State University

Dr. John M. Ponder, University of West Georgia

Dr. Timothy V. Rasinski, Kent State University

Dr. Leslie Roberts, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Danielle Sachdeva, University of North Georgia

Dr. Ryan Schey, University of Georgia

Dr. Lina Soares, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Alma D. Stevenson, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Shannon Tovey, Kennesaw State University

Dr. Kinga Varga-Dobai, Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Elizabeth VanDeusen, Augusta University

Dr. Sarah Williams, University of North Georgia