Amy Price Azano

Amy Price Azano, Teaching and Learning, School of Education, CLAHS

Amy Price Azano

Amy Price Azano

Associate Professor


Public Safety Bldg, Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-8889




  • Rural Education
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Place-based Pedagogy
  • Special Populations in Rural Communities

Professional Activities

  • Leadership Team, Rural School-Community Partnership Research Consortium
  • Director, SAFE (Supporting Autism Friendly Environments) Program 
  • Steering Committee, Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Literacy Research Association 
  • National Rural Education Association


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.Ed. Old Dominion University
  • B.A. Louisiana State University 

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Curriculum Awards, “Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Learning the Art of Persuasion” (2016) and “Poetry of Everyday Things” (2012), National Association for Gifted Children
    • Scholar of the Week, Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, 2014

    Selected Publications


    Eppley, K., Azano, A. P., Brenner, D., & Shannon, P. (2018). What counts as evidence in rural schools?: Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence for diverse settings. The Rural Educator, 39(2), 33-37.  

    Azano, A. P., & Tackett, M. E. (2017). Perceptions of teachers and parents on the educational experiences of students with autism in a remote rural community. The Rural Educator, 38(3), 39-54

    Biddle, C., & Azano, A. P. (2016). Constructing and reconstructing the “rural school problem”: A century of rurality and rural education research. Review of Research in Education, 40, 298-325. 

    Azano, A. P. (2014) Rural: The other neglected 'R': Making space for place in school libraries. Knowledge Quest, 43(1), 60-65

    Azano, A. P. (2011). The possibility of place: One teacher’s use of place-based instruction for English students in a rural high school. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 26(10), 1-12.

    Book Chapters

    Azano, A. P. (2019, In press). My father’s place in the mountains: An education elsewhere. In J. Pontius, D. Greenwood, & M. Mueller (Eds.). Hunting, gathering, and fishing for food: Place-based learning for the plate. Environmental Discourses in Science Education Book Series. New York: Springer.

    Callahan, C. M., & Azano, A. P. (2019, In press). Place-based gifted education in rural schools. In S. Smith (Ed.) International handbook of Giftedness & Talent Development in the Australasian-Pacific. New York: Springer. 

    Azano, A. P., Tackett, M. E., Missett, T. C., & Callahan, C. M. (2017). The CLEAR curriculum model. In C. Callahan & H. L. Hertberg-Davis (Eds.). Fundamentals of gifted education: Considering multiple perspectives (2nd ed., pp. 293-309). New York: Routledge.  

    Azano, A. P. (2014). Gifted rural students. In J. Plucker & C. Callahan (Eds.). Critical issues in gifted education: What the research says (2nd ed., pp. 297-304)Waco, TX: Prufrock Press. 


    Callahan, C. M., Missett, T. C., Azano, A. P., Caughey, M., Brodersen, A., & Tackett, M. (2017). Fiction and non-fiction: Language arts units for gifted students in grade 4. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

    Azano, A. P., Missett, T. C., & Callahan, C. M. (2015). Poetry and fairy tales: Language arts units for gifted students in grade 3. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

    Missett, T. C., Azano, A. P., & Callahan, C. M. (2015). Research and rhetoric: Language arts units for gifted students in grade 5. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

    Sponsored Research

    Promoting PLACE in Rural Schools. (2014 – 2019) Co-Principal Investigator. (1.9 million dollars) 
    Five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits grant program seeking to increase gifted education services, identification processes, and place-based gifted curricula in economically disadvantaged rural school districts.

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