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Dr. Hiller A. Spires

NLC Co-Director, Senior Research Fellow and Distinguished Professor
Phone: 919-513-8501
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Dr. Spires, who has been on the NC State faculty since 1986, is a Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Ph.D. in literacy education with a cognate in English from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Spires served as the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation from 2002-2006 and currently serves as FI Senior Research Fellow. She received the NC State Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Award in 2012. Dr. Spires’ research focuses on the effects of digital literacies on learning, including emerging literacies associated with gaming environments and Web 2.0 applications. She is co-PI on the NSF-funded projects, Crystal Island and Narrative Theatre. She has published in Journal of Educational Psychology, Cognition & Instruction, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Literacy Research & Instruction, Journal of Educational Computing Research, among other journals. She coordinates the K-12 Reading Strand of the New Literacies & Global Learning graduate program. Dr. Spires and Dr. John Lee co-direct the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative. Check out Dr. Spires’ website.