Faculty Profile for Dr. Sonya Lee Armstrong

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Dr. Sonya Lee Armstrong
Professor — Curriculum And Instruction
phone: (512) 245-7789

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Sonya L. Armstrong is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Developmental Education within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where she also serves as the director of the Doctoral Program. She earned her doctorate in literacy education with a focus on postsecondary literacy from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, she trained in English and earned two M.A. degrees (in literature and editing and publishing). Over the years, she has served as a practitioner in first-year and developmental education contexts at community colleges and universities, including teaching developmental reading, basic writing, and learning strategies courses, as well as directing a college reading and learning program. Her research focuses on college literacy learning and practice. She is currently undertaking an investigation of the alignment of reading expectations and texts in developmental reading and career technical education courses.

Teaching Interests

Literacy theory, integrated reading and writing, disciplinary literacies, curriculum design, college reading assessment

Research Interests

Postsecondary literacy practices, literacy alignment, curriculum and instruction for college reading and learning, integrated reading and writing, student-ready literacy designs (vs. college-ready for literacy)

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Stahl, N. A., Armstrong, S. L., & Hewett, E. (2020). Contextualization models for community college reading and study strategies: An integrative literature review. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2020.1785355
  • Meaney, K. S., & Armstrong, S. L. (2019). Academic Bullying: Taking the Hallway Chats to the Level of Formalized Policy. Kinesiology Review, 8(4), 318–322. https://doi.org/10.1123/kr.2019-0042
  • Armstrong, S. L., Stahl, N. A., & Lampi, J. (2019). All the best-laid plans: A content analysis of textbooks driving integrated reading and writing in community college contexts. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2019.1616633
  • Armstrong, S. L., & Williams, C. A. (2019). Reconceptualizing the work of placement: Toward a culture of inquiry in developmental reading. Journal of College Literacy and Learning, 45, 54–68.
  • Armstrong, S. L., Stahl, N. A., King, J. R., Kantner, M. J., Perkins, M., Sobin, B., & Dalrymple, R. (2019). Literacy in the ‘In-Between Spaces’ of Community Colleges: Interstitial Practices in Developmental Reading and Career Technical Education. Retrieved from https://www.niu.edu/language-literacy/_pdf/Literacy%20in%20the%20In-Between%20Spaces%20of%20Community%20Colleges%20January%202019.pdf

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Cynthia Peterson JCRL Outstanding Article Award for the Journal of College Reading and Learning, College Reading and Learning Association. November 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Journal of Developmental Education Outstanding Article Award. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alyce Kramer Marcus Outstanding Educator Award. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Karen G. Smith Award for Outstanding Service to the College Reading and Learning Association. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, Honorary Inductee. 2012

Selected Service Activities

Literacy Research Association's J. Michael Parker Award Committee
December 2019-Present
President Elect
College Reading and Learning Association
November 2019-Present
Editorial Review Board Member
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
July 2017-Present
Texas Community College Teachers Association, Developmental Reading and Writing Section
March 2019-April 2020
Journal of College Reading and Learning