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UNM COEHS Professor Recieves National Award for Publication

Mary Rice

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April 26, 2021
Stillwater, OK 74074

Mary Rice, Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of New Mexico, was recently recognized as a recipient of the Divergent Publication Award for Excellence in Literacy in a Digital Age Research, given by the Initiative for Literacy in a Digital Age.

This award recognizes the most outstanding publication during the past two years. Mary’s winning publication was a co-edited work, Virtual and augmented reality in English language arts education (Lexington Books/Roman & Littlefield, 2021).

The Initiative for Literacy in a Digital Age, established in 2014, recognizes the importance of literacies in a digital age and those who diverge from traditional pedagogies and research approaches; it also honors the indelible contributions of educators and scholars who have dedicated their careers to the theoretical and practical study of 21st century literacies.

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"We received a record number of nominees for the 2022 class. The educators, librarians, community organizers, college and career leaders, and students honored by this recognition are paving the way for equity, diversity, inclusivity, and access to texts and tools for all learners," shared Dr. Shelbie Witte, founding director of the Initiative.

Honorees will be sharing their work as part of the Literacy in a Digital Age lecture series in April 2022.

Mary F. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at the University of New Mexico. She teaches writing pedagogy, digital literacies, literacy assessment, and literacy leadership courses in the department of Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies. Her scholarship uses interdisciplinary approaches and Materialist/New Materialist lenses to study the literacies and identities of online teachers and learners. Mary was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. She is also an Online Learning Consortium Emerging Scholar (2018) and a Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute fellow (since 2016). In 2020, Mary was part of the team that received the Creative Works Award for Innovative Scholarship. Her book Adolescent Boys’ Literate Identity (Emerald Press, 2011) was named Publication of the Year by the Narrative SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Mary taught junior high English language arts, ESL, and reading support classes and was a Teaching English Language Learner licensure program instructor before becoming a professor.