- Literacy studies at the elementary level
- Literacy teacher education
- Literacy education in developing countries
- Literacy studies for minority students
- SOE Program Priorities Committee
- Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, Virginia Tech, 1988
- MED Reading, Clemson University, 1979
- B.A. Elementary Education, Clemson University, 1976
Triplett, C., & Barksdale, M. A. (2015). Preservice teachers’ perceptions of struggling readers. Journal of Reading Education.
Stack, M., Moorefield-Lang, H., & Barksdale, M. A. (2015). ABLE: An instrument for assessing elementary students’ perceptions of access to books, beliefs, and literacy environment Reading Psychology,DOI: 10.1080/02702711.2014.893275
Woods, D., Barksdale, M.A., Triplett, C.F. & Potts, A. (2014). The teacher in me: Exploring preservice teacher identity through self-portraits. Journal for Multicultural Education, 8(2), 112-136. DOI: 10.1108/JME-01-2014-0003
Mary Alice Barksdale is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. She earned her Ed.D. from Virginia Tech in 1988, was an assistant professor for 6 years at West Virginia University, and was an associate professor for 7 years at the University of South Florida. Dr. Barksdale is currently in her 15th year as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, where she is Program Area Leader for Elementary Education (an initial licensure program at the Master’s level). She also works with doctoral and reading specialist students. Dr. Barksdale’s research interests include: (a) literacy teacher education, (b) literacy teaching in developing countries, and (e) children and literacy acquisition. She has published in publications such as: the Elementary School Journal, theNational Reading Conference Yearbook, the Journal of Higher Education,the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Literacy Research, and the Reading Teacher.