Dr. Hiller Spires currently serves as the Executive Director of the Friday Institute and an Associate Dean in the College of Education. She was also the founding Director of the Friday Institute. 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 has also received several awards at NC State, including 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, and 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 with diverse populations. A current research focus is PBI Global, where students and teachers collaborate on inquiry projects across time, space and culture. She directs the New Literacies Collaborative and New Literacies & Global Learning master’s program, including the K-12 Literacy Cohort. Dr. Spires serves as honorary principal at Suzhou North America High School, which she helped create in 2016. Learn more about Dr. Spires.
Hiller A. Spires Named Executive Director of Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Associate Dean
Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D., will serve as executive director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, effective Wednesday, Nov. 20.
NSF Grant Will Broaden Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global to Include STEM Learning Through An NC Rural/Urban School Partnership
Hiller Spires and Erin Krupa have been awarded a two-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand Project Based Inquiry (PBI) Global to address STEM learning.
Professor Hiller Spires Helps Students Cultivate Relationships on 1st Study Abroad Trip to China
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Hiller Spires, Ph.D., has been to China more than a dozen times, but a study abroad course this spring gave her a new perspective as students learned about education and cultivated relationships during the 3-city tour.