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Angela Wiseman

Associate Professor, Literacy Education


Poe Hall 317C


Angela Wiseman is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at NC State University and has an appointment as a scholar of multiliteracies research at the University of Tampere, Finland, and is affiliated faculty of the Center for Visual Literacies at San Diego State University. Her research focus is connected to responding, understanding, and analyzing children’s literature through interdisciplinary projects that incorporate trauma-informed approaches, visual research methods, classroom learning, and community engagement that are grounded in social justice. A key aspect of her scholarship involves using qualitative visual and multimodal research methodologies for analyzing illustrations in children’s picturebooks as well as visual responses and artifacts (i.e., sketches, digital images), usually in response to children’s literature.

Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Literature Assembly which is a professional community of children’s literature scholars within the organization of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Angela is the co-PI of the grant Cultural Investigation and Digital Representation for Educators (CIDRE), which is a professional development program for inservice teachers that uses technology tools and literacy approaches in international contexts. CIDRE is funded by the Triangle Community Foundation’s Borchardt Fund.

Recent Publications:

Skrlac Lo, R. & Wiseman, A. M. (online, 2022). ‘That’s my dumb husband’: Wild things, battle bears, and heteronormative responses in an afterschool reading club. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Oliver, K. M., Wiseman, A. M., & Greer-Banks, C., (2021). Preparing teachers for culturally-responsive teaching through technical cultural representations. Journal of Applied Instructional Design.20(4).

Wiseman, A. M., Turner, J. D. & Cappello, M. (2021). “I drew myself right there”: Third grade girls restorying for visual justice. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 20 (4), 549-562. 

Wiseman, A. M., Atkinson, A. A., & Cryer-Coupet, Q. R. (2020). “As we talk about this more, a box opens up ”: Family literacy programs for fathers in treatment for substance use disorder, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, 64(4), 441-448.

Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Wiseman, A. M., Atkinson, A. A., Gibson, S., & Hoo, A. M. (2020). Teaching Note—Drawn Together: Collaboration Between Social Work and Education to Address Family Trauma. Journal of Social Work Education. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2020.1764890

Area(s) of Expertise

children's literature, qualitative research, visual research methods, international/global partnerships


Date: 11/01/19 - 12/31/24
Amount: $294,948.00
Funding Agencies: Triangle Community Foundation

Cultural Investigations and Digital Representations for Educators (CIDRE) is a professional development program for K-12 teachers and administrators. The goal of the program is to prepare these educators to better integrate cultural lessons into teaching through the aid of media and technology to ultimately build greater cultural understanding among students in their classroom or institution. The program is funded by the Triangle Community Foundation's Borchardt Fund which underwrites costs for approximately 15 Triangle-area educators per year (Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties) to participate in professional development and two weeks of international travel in a designated host country. Approximately three Saturday classes are held at NC State before and after traveling abroad. Further work time, planned group excursions, and free time in the host country, allow educators to conduct investigations into cultural themes of personal interest, practice digital representations of those themes (e.g., multimedia maps, AR/VR, writing, documentary, analytics), and reflect on effective approaches to teaching culture with their peers. The $60k annual award will cover a minimal amount of faculty effort and summer salary, lodging in a host country (the largest expense), airfare for instructors only, some travel expenses for participants, transportation costs (city transit passes, coach reservations), ticket costs for cultural attractions, and a minimal amount of food for classes. The PI and Co-PI will: plan and teach class activities; arrange food for classes; maintain a web site and portfolio pages for participants (; schedule a two-week trip abroad for participants including reservations for hotel, transportation, and cultural attractions; and prepare an annual report to the foundation due each September 15th.

Date: 07/01/15 - 6/30/16
Amount: $10,000.00
Funding Agencies: NCSU Office of Extension & Engagement & Economic Development

??A???a?sA???a???!Communities United for Success in Family Literacy is a family literacy program designed to support formerly incarcerated adults and their children. This program features interactive sessions that promote reading at home to build academic growth while fostering positive relationships. Literacy sessions will be held at a local residential center where the majority of the adults have recently completed time in prison or jail. Sessions will be designed and facilitated by experts with experience in implementing educational programs for inmates. Programs will also be held at the public library in order to connect families with relevant community resources and support. In the United States, 1.7 million children have a family member in prison, yet the process of transitioning out of incarceration has received very little attention from educators, researchers, and policy makers (Schlafer, 2013). Communities United for Success in Family Literacy responds to this important societal need with a family-centered approach. This program targets formerly incarcerated adults and their children in the following ways: 1) Building literacy skills through informational sessions; 2) Connecting resources such as NC State, public libraries, community agencies, and non-profit organizations and; 3) Facilitating positive interactions and support among families during a time of transition.

Date: 07/01/10 - 6/30/11
Amount: $4,000.00
Funding Agencies: NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund

This request for funding is to support and extend qualitative data analysis for an ethnographic study of a third grade classroom that incorporates visual and multimodal learning strategies. I collected data in this classroom on average twice a week from October 2008 to June 2009. This request for funding would support the second phase of research, which would involve collaborative data analysis, between the classroom teacher and me, with computer assisted video analysis software. Computer assisted qualitative data analysis software will be utilized to gain a deeper understanding of the students learning opportunities, the classroom context, and the instructional approach of the classroom teacher. The results of this study will further research methodologies explicating how computer assisted technology can assist in video data analysis by exploring and analyzing methodologies and computer programs that support researchers in this work. Furthermore, the integration of technology and collaborative analysis will support and extend the findings of my research, enhancing the credibility and scope of this project.

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