Mary Alice Barksdale

Mary Alice Barksdale, SE

Mary Alice Barksdale

Mary Alice Barksdale

Associate Professor


307 War Memorial Hall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-3166


Department Membership

School of Education


  • Literacy studies at the elementary level
  • Literacy teacher education
  • Literacy education in developing countries
  • Literacy studies for minority students

Professional Activities

  • SOE Program Priorities Committee


  • Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, Virginia Tech, 1988
  • MED Reading, Clemson University, 1979
  • B.A. Elementary Education, Clemson University, 1976

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    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 Education8(2), 112-136. DOI: 10.1108/JME-01-2014-0003

    Additional Information

    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.