Amy Price Azano

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

Amy Price Azano

Amy Price Azano

Associate Professor


303 War Memorial Hall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-8889


Department Membership

School of Education


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

Professional Activities

  • Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research
    Steering Committee Member
    Education Research Core Director
    Affiliate Faculty
  • Director, SAFE: Supporting Autism Friendly Environments
  • AERA Rural Education SIG
  • AERA Writing & Literacies SIG 


  • 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
    • Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech, 2013

    Selected Publications


    • 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.


    • 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. (2015). Addressing the rural context in literacies research: A call to action. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 59(3), 267-269.
    • Azano, A. P., & Stewart, T. T. (2015). Exploring place and practicing justice: Preparing preservice teachers for success in rural schools. Journal of Research in Rural Education, (30)9, 1-12.
    • 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. 

    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.

    Global Partnership Grant ($6000)
    Grant awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to foster partnerships with Australian colleagues at the University of Canberra and Queensland University of Technology to examine global perspectives on common challenges in rural teacher education in rural Appalachia and rural Australia.

    Additional Information

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