Prof Kathy Mills - Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at LSIA, ACU Brisbane. Her research has over 1300 citations. She currently leads two Australian Research Council grants, researching Indigenous ways of knowing and being in multimodal literacy practices in school (DE 140100047), and developing the multimodal expression of emotions of socially and economically disadvantaged primary students (LP 150100030). Professor Mills has won ARC grants totalling $1 million as named ARC Research Fellow or Lead CI. She has published over 80 works in total, including 5 sole-authored books, and more than 40 scholarly journal articles and chapters. She has published first-authored or sole-authored research in journals that include Review of Educational Research, Written Communication, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Language and Education, and Linguistics and Education. Her award-winning 2016 book, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age is highly acclaimed by Professors James Gee (Arizona State University), and Brian Street (King's College London). It won the LRA Edward Fry Book Award, USA. Her latest book, Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies USA. Professor Mills serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (Arizona), and on the Review Board of the Reading Teacher (New Jersey), English Teaching Practice and Critique (New Zealand), and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. She has served in a number of executive research leadership roles for the American Educational Research Association, and is the Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies SIG, of six hundred members (2017-2019), and past program Chair (2015-2017).


Phone :6234 (Brisbane)
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Research Interests

Multimodal literacies in education ; digital cultures in education ; written communication in education ; multimodal emotional expression in education ; Indigenous language and literacy in education ;

Methods Expertise

qualitative methods ; Ethnography ; Discourse Analysis ; multimodal analysis ; video methods ; ritical ethnography ; ensory ethnography ;

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Other information

I am looking for one PhD student to start in July 2018 to contribute to a full time program of research within an ARC research council grant in preparation in the field of multimodal semiotics and digital literacies in primary schooling.