Alayne Sullivan

School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

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Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy education
  • Struggling readers and literary responses
  • Adolescent and adult literary engagement
  • The teaching of literature, aesthetic reading, and arts-based approaches


Ph. D. English Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

M. Ed. Literacy and Reading, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada

B.A. Literature & Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada

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I am deeply curious about what it means for teenagers to read a literary text aesthetically. It is especially important to me that those deemed as struggling experience an aesthetic, transactional engagement with literature, and that they are thus afforded an opportunity to live through texts before they must learn to analyze them, as one might say, efferently.

Research & Professional Highlights

Research and writing are divided between two areas/genres at this time. I've just completed an historical fiction novel and submitted it to an appropriate publisher in Canada. On another front, I've completed data collection for a qualitative, phenomenological study that explored doctoral student writing experiences over three years. That study will be written up and completed - submitted to a journal in the spring of 2021.

Professional Affiliations, Societies & Memberships

American Education Research Association (AERA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Reading Association (IRA)