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Audra Slocum, Ph.D.
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies


Research Interests:

  • Adolescent Literacies
  • Social Justice
  • English Education
  • Appalachian Studies
  • Critical Place-Conscious Education
  • Multicultural Teacher Education

Current Research Project:

I am currently working with Brandi Weekley, a doctoral candidate, on West Virginian teacher candidates’ perceptions of how our teacher preparation program attends to issues relating to Appalachia.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Audra at

Research Grants:

Hazen, K., and Slocum, A. 2017. Community Studies of Sociolinguistic Change in Appalachia. National Science Foundation. 2017-2021.

Slocum, A. 2014. Derrick Teacher Education Research Grant. 


Slocum, A., Hayes, S. Kibler, K., King, C., Lane, M. Lough, J.  Becoming Response-able Teachers: How Sustained Inquiry Mediated Prospective Teachers' (Re)Authoring of Self. American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX: April 2017.

Slocum, A. "The Power of Community-based Research in the Appalachian Studies Classroom" Roundtable. Appalachian Studies Annual Conference. Blacksburg, VA: March 2017.

Slocum, A. "'Too Country' or 'Too Proper'? Teen Literacy Practices of Monitoring Usage of Appalachian Dialect Features". Modern Language Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA: January 2017.

Slocum, A.  Exploring Community Through Literature and Life: Adolescents’ Identity Positioning in Rural Appalachia. American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL: April 2015.

Slocum, A. and Kibler, K. Dual Placements in Student Teaching. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention. National Harbor, MD: November 2014

Slocum, A.  Dialogic Discourse, Critical Awareness, and Identity: (Re)Inventing Approaches to Social Justice and the ELA Classroom. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention. Boston, MA: November 2013

Slocum, A. and Weekley, Brandi. From Where I Stand: Rural Appalachian adolescents claim epistemic privilege. Appalachian Studies Association, Annual Conference. Boone, NC: March 2013

Bernstein, B.,  Slocum, A., Weekley, B.S. Narratives of Action and Resilience: Documenting Stories of Appalachian Adolescents. Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference. Boone, NC: March 20-22, 2013


Sherfinski, M., Weekley, B.S., and  Slocum A., (2016). After Arthurdale: Place-­‐‑based education and early childhood in West Virginia. Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy 13(2), 164-­‐‑183. 

Rish, R. and  Slocum, A. (2015). Video mediated teacher inquiry with pre-service English teachers. In E. Ortlieb, L. Shanahan, and M. McVee (Editors), Video as a Tool for Reflection in Literacy Education and Research. UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Slocum, A. (2014). Look What They Said About Us: Social Positioning of Adolescent Appalachians in English Class. English Teaching: Practice and Critique 13(3) 191-209.