Associate Professor
Kathy Mills

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Personal details


multimodal literacy, digital writing and literacies, literacy theories, text production, pedagogy and curriculum, reading comprehension strategies, critical ethnography, Indigenous language practices, power relations in institutions and society, learning spaces for digital communication


Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Master of Education (Christian Heritage College)
  • Graduate Diploma Christian Studies (Australian College of Theology)
  • Grad Cert Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Bachelor of Education (Christian Heritage College)

Professional memberships and associations

Executive Leadership of Learned Societies

•   American Educational Research Association, Writing & Literacies Dr Mills is serving a term of 8 years on the Executive Committee of the American Educational Research Association (Washington DC), Writing and Literacies SIG, connecting key literacy educators worldwide.

Journal Editor

•    Australian Educational Researcher, IF 0.102 (Assoc Editor, 2014-) International Journal Editorial Review Boards

•    Journal of Literacy Research, Arizona IF 0.39  (Editorial Review Board)

•    The Reading Teacher, New Jersey IF 0.355 (Review Board, -2013)

Membership of Learned Societies

•    Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

•    American Educational Research Association, Washington DC

•    International Reading Association, New Jersey

•    Australian Literacy Educators' Association, South Australia

Reviewing for International Editorial Boards, Books, and Grant Foundations

•    Australian Educational Researcher

•    Czech Science Foundation

•    Routledge

•    The Reading Teacher

•    Ethnography and Education

•    Language and Education

•    Australian Journal of Literacy Education

•    Pedagogies: An International Journal

•    Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association

•    Teaching Education 

Research Keywords: literacy, digital media, education research paradigms, critical sociology, ethnography, classroom observation, discourse analysis, multimodal analysis

Website: Facebook:

TV: A/Prof Mills on Chanel 9 News, NAPLAN:

Radio: Dr Mills on ABC's Speaking Out program:

            NAPLAN testing (Radio 5AA Adelaide):

Keynote Address: Colorado 

Newspaper and News Media

Large schools, Brisbane Times:;

Large schools, Courier Mail:

A/Prof Kathy Mills' Indigenous Literacy Research (Australian Research Council):

Prof Mills on Microblogging Technology in Higher Education (QUT media)

QUT Media


A/Prof Kathy Mills began lecturing in higher education in the year 2000 in the following teaching and research areas:

  • Multimodal literacies
  • Multliteracies
  • Critical literacy
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • English and literacy pedagogy, curriculum and assessment

A/Prof Mills is an experienced higher degrees by research supervisor, with PhD and M Ed student completions as both Principal and Associate Supervisor.


Selected publications

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Research projects