Dr. Robert A. Griffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches graduate-level courses in literacy, TESOL, and diversity/inclusive education. Before moving into higher education full time, he served as a secondary English and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher for 13 years in rural south and urban north Georgia public schools. Dr. Griffin’s primary research interests involve discovering ways to increase reading motivation and achievement for bi/multilingual students and “at-promise” student groups and to challenge deficit discourse among educators related to the skills and talents of diverse learners. Dr. Griffin serves on editorial review boards for several journals in the fields of TESOL and literacy, including GATESOL in Action, the Georgia Journal of Reading, the Texas Journal of Literacy Education, and the Journal of Teacher Action Research and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. He also serves as the editor of GALA Focus, the quarterly newsletter of the Georgia Association of Literacy Advocates (GALA). For leisure, Dr. Griffin enjoys reading, traveling, visiting family, and spending time with his spouse, Mandi, and their two children, Miriam and Sarah Ruth.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Secondary English Education, Valdosta State University, 2005
- M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Valdosta State University, 2007
- Ed.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy Education, Valdosta State University, 2012
- Ed.D., School Improvement, Literacy Education, University of West Georgia, 2016