Studying in a graduate program while working a demanding job is no small undertaking. Add the demands of becoming a first-time father, and for many students, that would be a recipe for disaster. But, not for Matt Pearl.
I obtained a Ph.D. in Reading from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to joining the UGA family, I taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral-level courses at American University, Trinity College, Howard University, and Georgia State University.
My research interests include family literacy, digital literacies, and multimodalities. My work delves into critical perspectives on how agency, identity, and power among African American families and adolescents are construed as they use digital texts and tools to make sense of their lives.
I am passionate about the research possibilities in literacy and teaching. Online courses allow collaborative learning environments for students across geographical borders. Within the online-learning classroom, I can tailor specific course materials to student’s academic and personal goals for learning. The convenience and flexibility to communicate with students through digital platforms creates endless opportunities for continued learning.