The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Amy Price Azano, an assistant professor of adolescent literacy in the School of Education of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her studies of adolescent literacy and rural education.
Azano is also an affiliate faculty member with the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, serving on the steering committee and leading the education research core.
With colleagues at the University of Virginia, she is the co-principal investigator of a $1.9 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education grant titled, “Promoting PLACE (Place, Literacy, Achievement, Community, and Engagement) in Rural Schools.”
“Promoting PLACE” seeks to advance the language-arts achievements of students in high-poverty, rural schools.
Among the objectives are to increase the numbers of students in gifted education services, create high quality, place-based language arts units, make interventions that encourage a growth mindset, and increase student engagement.
The project is an example of Azano’s scholarship, which focuses on rural literacies, place-based pedagogy, and the literacy needs of special populations, particularly those in rural communities. She also does extensive community service, professional development, and advocacy work in the field of autism.
She has received a research grant and teaching award from Virginia Tech and won a curriculum award from the National Association for Gifted Children.
She has several chapters, a forthcoming book, and regularly publishes in national and international peer-reviewed journals, such as English Education, Journal of Research in Rural Education, Journal of Advanced Academics, and Teaching Exceptional Children.
In addition to research and teaching, Azano is active in professional activities, reviews for the Journal of Research in Rural Education and other journals, presents at national and international conferences, and was the invited keynote at the Power of Place Summit in Jackson, Wyoming.
She received a doctoral degree in English education from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University.
Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Azano taught high school English and creative writing in Virginia public schools. Her previous academic appointment was at the University of Virginia’s National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, where she worked as a research scientist and project manager on two federally funded grants.