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Department of Secondary Education

Victoria Gillis

Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education

Ph.D., University of Georgia 1994
M.A.T., Emory University 1969
B.S., North Georgia College 1968


Victoria Gillis is a professor at the University of Wyoming where she holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. She taught middle school and high school science for twenty years in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina before returning to graduate school to earn a doctorate in reading education. Before coming to UW, Dr. Gillis taught at Clemson University for twenty years. While at Clemson University, Dr. Gillis was a volunteer for the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project in Eastern Europe and Central America.  She worked with teachers in Latvia for four years and in Guatemala for three years. Dr. Gillis also directed the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Adolescent Literacy & Learning for five years, which was supported by a state grant. This involved working with secondary content area teachers in English, mathematics, science, and social studies as they implemented principles of instruction based on the learning cycle and infused disciplinary literacy into their teaching. Dr. Gillis has published in The Science Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Journal of Reading, and The Reading Teacher. She is on the editorial review boards for Journal of Literacy Research and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. In addition, Dr. Gillis is a co-author of a textbook with Donna Alvermann and Stephen Phelps titled Content Area Reading and Literacy: Succeeding in Today's Diverse Classrooms, 6th ed.  The upcoming seventh edition is co-authored by Dr. Gillis and Dr. Alvermann and is now in press. 

Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Technology Integration in Content Area Instruction
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Professional Development in Disciplinary Literacy
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


  • Content Area Reading
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Literacy Processes and Practices

Affiliations, Associations, Consultation:

  • Literacy Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Social Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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