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Dr. Hiller Spires

Senior Research Fellow and Professor

Dr. Spires was the founding director for the Friday Institute and has served as Senior Research Fellow since 2006. She joined NC State University’s College of Education in 1987 after receiving her Ph.D. in Literacy Education from the University of South Carolina.  For her cumulative work in the area of literacy and technology, Dr. Spires received the International Reading Association Award for Outstanding Writing in the Field of College Reading. She received NC State’s Outstanding Alumni Award in Outreach and Service  for providing professional development seminars for teachers. In 2011, she received the Jackson A. Rigney International Service Award; in 2012 she received NC State’s Alumni Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Spires studies the integration of emerging technologies in order to illustrate research-based, best practices for digital literacy learning. She conducts research in the area of game-based literacies and learning on the NSF-funded project, Crystal Island, and co-directs the Friday Institute’s New Literacies Collaborative (see newlit.org).  See hillerspires.weebly.com to view Dr. Spires homepage.