Carolyn Colvin is a faculty member in the Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) program in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning. She has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs in the College of Education, as program coordinator of LLC and English Education, and as Chair of the University Diversity Committee. She currently chairs the University’s Research Council. In her scholarship, she works on literacy for immigrant adults, parent teacher communication, literacy and the U.S. Citizenship test, and the connections between local rural economies and the arts. Her work has appeared in Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Education, and at various conference proceedings.
Colvin co-directed the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy in 2013 and 2014. She has directed the Obermann Working Group "The Scholarship of Public Engagement" for several years.