Sonya Armstrong

Sonya L. Armstrong is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Director of the College Learning Enhancement Program, the literacy component of NIU's developmental education program, CHANCE. Before moving into a tenure-track position at NIU, she taught in developmental education programs and community colleges in Ohio for eight years. Her research focuses on developmental literacy learning and practice. Her dissertation, Beginning the Literacy Transition: Postsecondary Students' Conceptualizations of Academic Writing in Developmental Literacy Contexts, has won two awards, the Garvin Distinguished Dissertation Award (from the University of Cincinnati) and the Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Postsecondary Literacy Award (from the College Literacy and Learning special interest group of the International Reading Association). Her recent research examines program-level issues, including assessing the alignment of reading expectations and textbooks in developmental reading and general/occupational education courses. With colleagues, she has published in the Journal of Developmental Education, Literacy Research and Instruction, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and Research in the Teaching of English. Currently, she serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of College Reading and Learning, and leads the Research and Evaluation Special Interest Group of the College Reading and Learning Association.

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