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Stergios Botzakis

Stergios Botzakis, PhD

Professor, Literacy Education


Stergios Botzakis is an associate professor of adolescent literacy in the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Department at The University of Tennessee. He teaches classes on content area literacy, working with struggling adolescent readers, and theoretical models in education research. His research interests include secondary education, adolescent literacy, popular culture, and media literacy. He is a co-author of Teach on Purpose! Responsive Teaching for Student Success, published by Teachers College Press. His scholarship has been published in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Review of Research in Education, Language Arts, English Journal, ALAN Review, Teacher Education Quarterly, among other venues.

Professor Botzakis received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, and prior to that he spent five years teaching middle school reading, English, and study skills in Baltimore and the Boston area. He was an editorial assistant for Reading Research Quarterly and was also one of the founding editors for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, an open-access, online journal. He currently serves on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Language Arts, and the Journal of Literacy Research.

He blogs about graphic novels at Graphic Novel Resources

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Stergios Botzakis

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