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Jackie Eunjung Relyea

Assistant Professor, Literacy Education

Poe Hall 310D

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Jackie Eunjung Relyea, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education and University of Houston. She currently serves as a Co-Director of The Literacy Space and a Director of The CLICK Lab (CLICK: Cultivating Literacy, Inquiry, and Content Knowledge) at NC State University and a Faculty Associate at READS Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been named as the 2021 NC State Impact Scholar.

Her primary research interests center on the development and evaluation of evidence-based literacy interventions that enhance learning opportunities for elementary-grade multilingual students, particularly English learners, to improve their English reading comprehension and writing outcomes. Her research projects have been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), American Educational Research Association-National Science Foundation (AERA-NSF), Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), NC State Outreach and Engagement, and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her scholarly work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Educational Psychology, Child Development, Educational Psychology Review, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading and Writing, Reading Psychology, and The Reading Teacher.

Honors and Awards

  • 2024 Editorial Fellowship, Journal of Educational Psychology
  • 2022 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 2022 NC State University Outstanding Engagement Award
  • 2021 NC State University Chancellor’s Creating Community Award for Outstanding Faculty Nominee
  • 2021 NC State University Impact Scholar Award
  • 2021 Michael Salwen Scholarship Award, Korean-American Educational Research Association
  • 2019 Harvard University Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development
  • 2017 & 2018 University of Houston Postdoctoral Fellow Research Award

Courses Taught

  • ECI 709 Developing Language and Literacy for Multilingual Students
  • ECI 645 Supervised Practicum in Literacy
  • ECI 541 Content Area Literacy
  • ECI 540 Reading in Elementary School
  • ECI 509 Special Problems in Curriculum and Instruction: Teachers as Writers

Selected Scholarly Publications

Mozer, R., Miratrix, L., Relyea, J. E., & Kim, J. S. (2023). Combining human and automated scoring methods in experimental assessments of writing: A case study tutorial. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.

Ju, U., Cho, E., Relyea, J. E., & Choi, I. (2023). Effects of parents’ early home language use on English reading growth of emergent bilinguals. Journal of Educational Psychology, 115(3), 405–426. 

Kim, J. S., Burkhauser, M. A., Relyea, J. E., Gilbert, J. B., Scherer, E., Fitzgerald, J., Mosher, D., & McIntyre, S. (2023). A longitudinal randomized trial of a sustained content literacy intervention from first to second grade: transfer effects on students’ reading comprehension outcomes. Journal of Educational Psychology 115(1), 73–98.

Zhang, J., Wui, G., Relyea, J. E., Wong, S. S., & Nam, R. (2022). Improving argumentative writing of sixth-grade adolescents through dialogic inquiry of socio-scientific issues. Journal of Writing Research.

Relyea, J. E., Rich, P., Kim, J. S., & Gilbert, J. B. (2022). The COVID-19 impact on reading achievement growth of grade 3-5 students in a U.S. urban school district: Variation across student characteristics and instructional modalities. Reading and Writing.

Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Relyea, J. E., Wui, G., Yan, Y., Nam, R., Enriquez, A., & Kharabi-Yamato, L. (2022). Orthographic facilitation in upper elementary students: Does attention to morphology of complex words enhance the effects? Annals of Dyslexia.

Relyea, J. E., Cho, E., & Zagata, E. (2022). First-grade multilingual students’ executive function profiles and links to English reading achievement and difficulties: A person-centered latent profile analysis. Annals of Dyslexia.

Relyea, J. E., Rich, P., Kim, J. S., & Gilbert, J. B. (2022). The COVID-19 Impact on Reading Achievement Growth of Grade 3-5 Students in a U.S. Urban School District: Variation across Student Characteristics and Instructional Modalities. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-646). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

Relyea, J. E., Kim, J. S., & Rich, P. (2022). Effectiveness of Tier 1 content-integrated literacy intervention on early elementary English learners’ reading comprehension and writing: Evidence from randomized controlled trial. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-606). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

Zhang, J., Lee, G., Iluore, A. C., Relyea, J. E., & Wui, G. L. (2022). Fostering civic reasoning through disciplinary literacy in multilingual learners. The Reading Teacher.

Fitzgerald, J., Relyea, J. E., & Elmore, J., (2022). Academic vocabulary volume in elementary grades disciplinary textbooks. Journal of Educational Psychology.

Relyea, J. E., Zhang, J., Wong, S. S., Samuelson, C., & Wui, Ma. G. L. (2022). Academic vocabulary instruction and socio-scientific issue discussion in urban sixth-grade classrooms. The Journal of Educational Research.

Mozer, R., Miratrix, L., Relyea, J. E., & Kim, J. (2021). Bridging human and machine scoring in experimental assessments of writing: Tools, tips, and lessons learned from a field trial in education. (EdWorkingPaper: 21-493). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: 

Wui, Ma. G. L., Zhang, J., Relyea, J. E., Wong, S. S., & Nam, R. (2021). The intersection of perceptions of classroom openness with civic engagement among young urban adolescents in science classroom. Applied Developmental Science.

Davis, D. Samuelson, C., Griefenhagen, J., Delaco, R., & Relyea, J. E. (2021). Getting KnERDI with language: Examining teachers’ knowledge for supporting reading development. Reading Research Quarterly.

Kim, J. S., Relyea, J. E., Burkhauser, M. A., Scherer, E., & Rich, P. (2021). Improving elementary grade students’ science and social studies vocabulary knowledge depth, reading comprehension, and argumentative writing: A conceptual replication. Educational Psychology Review.

Lee, C.C., Dufresne, K., & Relyea, J. E. (2021). They are Doers: Writing to advocate with immigrant youth in community-based organizations. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 64(5), 497– 509.

Fitzgerald, J., Relyea, J. E., Elmore, J., & Hiebert, E. H. (2021). Has the presence of first-grade core reading program academic vocabulary changed across six decades? Reading Research Quarterly.

Fitzgerald, J., Elmore, J., & Relyea, J. E. (2021). Academic vocabulary networks matter for students’ disciplinary learning. The Reading Teacher, 74(5), 569-579.

Kim, J. S., Burkhauser, M. A., Mesite, L. M., Asher, C. A., Relyea, J. E., Fitzgerald, J., & Elmore, J. (2021). Improving reading comprehension, science domain knowledge, and reading engagement through a first-grade content literacy intervention. Journal of Educational Psychology, 113(1), 3-26.

Fitzgerald, J., Elmore, J., Relyea, J. E., & Stenner, A. J. (2020). Domain-specific academic vocabulary network development in elementary grades core disciplinary textbooks. Journal of Educational Psychology, 12(5), 855-879.

Relyea, J. E., & Amendum, S. (2020). English reading growth in Spanish-speaking bilingual students: Moderating effect of English proficiency on cross-linguistic influence. Child Development, 91(4), 1150-1165.

Relyea, J. E., Zhang, J., Liu, Y., & Wui, Ma. G. L. (2019). Contribution of home language and literacy environment to English reading comprehension for emergent bilinguals: Sequential mediation model analyses. Reading Research Quarterly, 55(0), 473-492.

Relyea, J. E., & Fitzgerald, J. (2018). Relationship between early word reading and long-term comprehension growth for language-minority learners compared to native-English-speaking students. Reading Psychology, 39(6), 499-536.

Zhang, J. Wong, S., Relyea, J. E., & Wui, Ma. G. L. (2017). Designing a socio-scientific issue curriculum on space exploration: Dialogic inquiry approach for English learners. English in Texas, 47(2), 7-12.

Fitzgerald, J., Elmore, J., Relyea, J. E., Hiebert, E. H., & Stenner, A. S. (2016). Has first-grade core-reading-program text complexity changed across six decades? Reading Research Quarterly, 51(1), 1-22.

Fitzgerald, J., Amendum, S. J., Relyea, J. E., & Garcia, S. (2015). Is overall oral-English ability related to young Latinos’ English-reading trajectory? Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 31(1), 68–95.

Fitzgerald, J., Hiebert, E. H., Bowen, K. E., Relyea, J. E., Kung, M., & Elmore, J. (2014). Text complexity: Primary teachers’ views. Literacy Research and Instruction, 53(5), 1–26.

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Research in Reading
  • Editorial Board Member, Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Editorial Board Member, Applied Psycholinguistics
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Reading Horizon


Ph.D. Literacy Education The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area(s) of Expertise

Elementary-Grade Reading/Literacy Education
Multilingual/English Language Learners
Teacher Education
Quantitative Research Methods