Message From The Directors

With the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy Georgia State University has launched  a major effort in the development of basic and applied research and education in the areas of language and literacy acquisition.  A primary goal of the Center is to expand the interdisciplinary research activity and the educational opportunities here at the university.

The Center initiative offers a unique structure of cross college, cross departmental interaction within the university.  The Center initiative incorporates the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education & Human Development with 10 academic departments and more than 40 faculty members from these units.  The faculty’s nationally recognized programs of research are supported by external grants.  These faculty participate in the Center activities serving on is working groups, hosting invited scholars on campus.

We have hosted more than 80 Distinguished Lectures, hosted four visiting scholars, supported 33 seed grants for faculty research initiatives, conducted three successful faculty searches, awarded 6 post doctoral fellowships, 80 doctoral fellowships, and supported 56 undergraduate students with research assistantships. Our collective efforts have earned approximately 30 million dollars in external grant funding in the past two years alone.

For the current year, we will continue to develop the Center, as we search for additional faculty and develop additional coursework and training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

We look forward to another exciting and highly productive year.


Dr. Rose Sevcik, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology

Dr. Daphne Greenberg, College of Education & Human Development, Department of Learning Sciences