Dr. Tisha Lewis Ellison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia. Her research explores the intersections of family literacy, multimodality, and digital and STEM literacy practices among African American and Latinx families and adolescents.
Dr. Lewis Ellison is/was the recipient of the following awards: the Divergent Award for Excellence in Literacy in a Digital Age Research (2022); Junior Faculty Seed Grant in STEM (2019-2020); Sarah Moss Fellowship (2018-2019); the UGA Early Career Faculty Research Award (2017-2018); the Early Career Achievement Award recipient from the Literacy Research Association (2016); the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016), the National Council of Teachers of English’s Promising Researcher Award (2012); a finalist of the International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Award (2011); and the J Michael Parker Award (2008).
Her research studies are advancing the field of families’ digital literacies and STEM literacies across lifespans, in homes and community settings, and in ways that inform parents, adolescents, and teachers in the following ways: (a) contributing to the field of family literacy by including an awareness of families’ and adolescents’ digital literacy practices and parents’ counter-narratives; (b) integrating digital literacies and multimodality in learning environments across race and class; and (c) examining the role of feminism in digital literacies.
Her work has appeared in the selected peer reviewed journals: Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Urban Education, and Journal of Education. She received her Ph.D. degree in Reading at the University at Albany, State University of New York.