Dr. Joyce Many serves as the associate dean of undergraduate studies and educator preparation in the College of Education at Georgia State University. She joined the language and literacy education faculty at GSU in 1994, and served as chair of the Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology (MSIT) before becoming an associate dean. Prior to her time at Georgia State, she served as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and a research scholar at Northern University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dr. Many’s research has concentrated on understanding children’s literacy processes and the classroom contexts that shape those processes, on describing the scaffolding processes teachers and peers use to support student learning, and, most recently, exploring factors impacting teacher education students’ performance and subsequent retention in the classroom. She has published more than 60 journal articles and authored and contributed to multiple books on literacy and on teacher education, including Clinical teacher education: Reflections from an Urban Professional Development School Network and the Handbook of Instructional Practices for Literacy Teacher Educators. She served as center director for the University System of Georgia Reading Consortium for 10 years and has received multiple awards for her work, including the National Reading Conference Early Career Achievement Award, the GSU Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and the COE Faculty Research Award.
In addition to her research and scholarship, Dr. Many has served as a dissertation chair for more than 35 COE doctoral students and works with current and former students on her publications and presentations. She also works with undergraduate students enrolled in the college’s research internship course, which gives participants the chance to work with COE faculty on their research and gain a better understanding of research methodologies and outcomes.