Bio

Kelly Johnston, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Literacy. Dr. Johnston’s areas of interest and specialization include sociocultural, critical, and affective approaches to literacy theory, research, and practice; classroom-based research; and integrating literacy pedagogy in interdisciplinary, out-of-school spaces. Along with her research on affective engagement with literacies, Dr. Johnston is currently examining youths' experiences in REACH, an after-school program that integrates literacy and physical education. Her most recent scholarly work reports on REACH and students' experiences in the program. This work contributes to Positive Youth Development literature and discusses literacy as an integrated component of the REACH program. Dr. Johnston was recently named a finalist for the International Literacy Association Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award and was awarded an Emerging Scholar Fellowship for the Reading Hall of Fame.

Dr. Johnston teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Johnston taught graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, and at The City College of New York while working as a research fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College.

Degrees (3)

Ed.D. Curriculum and Teaching
2018
Teachers College, Columbia University

M.Ed. Reading Education
2011
Texas State University

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
2004
Baylor University

Research Interests (1)

Research Interests

Literacy in schools and communities

Integrating literacy pedagogy in alternative contexts and spaces

Critical literacies

Affective and sociocultural approaches to literacy

Select Publications (5)

Implementing the REACH after-school programme for youth in urban communities: Challenges and lessons learned

Dr. Kelly C Johnston, published Implementing the REACH after-school programme for youth in urban communities: Challenges and lessons learned in European Physical Education Review, 2019, with co-author(s) R Marttinen, George Mason University, R Fredrick, Queens College, City University of New York, S Phillips, Hofstra University, and D Patterson, California State University, Fullerton.

First Opinion: Fostering Thinking and Imagination through Science, Mathematics, and the Human Experience

Dr. Kelly C Johnston, published First Opinion: Fostering Thinking and Imagination through Science, Mathematics, and the Human Experience in First Opinions, Second Reactions, Vol. 12, Issue 1, p. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/fosr/vol12/iss1/7/.

Rootedness Research: Local Possibility Amid a Cosmopolitan Network

in The William & Mary Educational Review, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2018.

REACH Harlem: Young Urban Boys’ Experiences in an After-School Physical Activity Positive Youth Development Program

in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2019.

Girls’ Experiences in a Positive Youth Development Sport Program: Developing a Participant-Centered Space

Dr. Kelly C Johnston, assistant professor, published Girls' Experiences in a Positive Youth Development Sport Program: Developing a Participant-Centered Space in Journal of Youth Development, Vol. 14, Issue 1, p. 93-111, with co-author(s) Risto Marttinen, George Mason University, and Ray Fredrick, Queens College, City University of New York.

Awards & Honors (2)

Emerging Scholar Fellowship

Dr. Kelly C Johnston, assistant professor of literacy, received Emerging Scholars Fellowship Award from The Reading Hall of Fame, July 2019.

Dissertation Award

Dr. Kelly C Johnston, assistant professor of literacy, received the Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Finalist from International Literacy Association, June 1, 2019.

Professional Leadership (1)

Podcast on recent research with girls in an after-school literacy and health PYD program: https://anchor.fm/PwRHPE/episodes/48-Girls-experiences-in-a-PYD-Sport-Program-Co-creating-a-participant-centered-space-e4aec5

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Courses (5)

EDC 5312: Alternative Approaches for Teaching Reading

TED 3380 – Social Issues in Education

Literacy Seminar: Literacy Instruction in Diverse Learning Contexts

EDC 5321 – Contemporary Curriculum and Analysis

EDC 6390 – Curriculum Inquiry and Analysis