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K. Journey Swafford

Associate Project Director    

B.S. in Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1992
M.Ed. in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2000
Ph.D. in Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2015


Reading education
Teacher professional development
Struggling readers
Reading intervention


Journey Swafford is the associate project director of the Pathways to Literacy Initiatives (Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, Successful Start, Comprehensive Intervention Model and Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy) in Georgia State University’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Her areas of interest include teacher professional development, reading education, reading interventions, qualitative research and discourse analysis. She holds three degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville: a B.A. in Psychology (1992), a M.S. in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education (2000), and a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies (2015). Dr. Swafford has worked as a reading specialist, a district literacy coordinator, an intermediate literacy coach, a Reading Recovery teacher leader and a classroom teacher. Lastly, she is a volunteer at Macassar Primary in Cape Town, South Africa.