Fawn Canady

Associate Professor

Fawn Canady
Fawn Canady


Stevenson 2201

Office Hours

11:00-13:00 and by appointment

Dr. Fawn Canady is an Assistant Professor of Adolescent and Digital Literacies. In the Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education department, she serves as the graduate advisor for the MA in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Dr. Canady teaches a range of courses including the educational technology area of emphasis, secondary English Education, and literacy K-12. Her interdisciplinary research interests include adolescent literacies and digital multimodal writing, Young Adult Literature, media literacy, and Teacher Education. She recently earned a certification in Practice-Based Teacher Education from the University of Michigan’s TeachingWorks which focuses on justice-oriented approaches. She was recently awarded the 2021 English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) National Technology Leadership Fellowship Award. Prior to SSU, Dr. Canady was a high school English teacher for 7 years, including experience at a Career and Technical Academy. She worked in various district-level positions in the Clark County School District, the 5th largest and one of the most diverse school districts in the nation. Dr. Canady also enjoys her new role as an SSU Osborn Preserve Naturalist.

  • PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, 2017, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, 2006 UNLV
  • Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts–English, 2003, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Academic Interests

Digital writing, multimodality, visual culture, digital and media literacies, and cinematic research methods.

  • Secondary English Education
  • Digital and Media Literacies
  • Teacher Education
  • 2019-Present, Assistant Professor, Adolescent & Digital Literacies, Sonoma State University, Department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education (CSSE)
  • 2017-2019, Visiting Assistant Professor, Literacy Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • 2015-2017, Graduate Assistant, Department of Teaching and Learning, UNLV
  • 2007-2014, Adjunct Professor, Secondary English Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, UNLV
  • 2011-2012 & 2013-2105, Project Facilitator, Clark County School District
  • 2006-2012, High School English Teacher, including Career and Technical Academy
Selected Publications & Presentations

Selected Recent Publications

  • Canady, F. (In press). Augmented Reading for hyperconnected youth: A multimedia approach to young adult literature. In S. T. Bickmore et al. (forthcoming), How Young Adult Literature Gets Taught. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Canady, F., Scott, C. E., Jackson, M. (In press). Curriculum Equity and Pedagogy. In M.T. Winn & L. T. Winn (Eds.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Social Justice in Education. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing (US).
  • Canady, F. (2022). “Class, Take Out Your Phones!”: Augmented Reading in the High School English Classroom.*  LearnTechLib. *Outstanding Paper Award NTLI
  • Canady, F., & Nagelhout, E. (2022). Not Going it Alone: Multi-Something Frameworks for Collaborative Faculty Development in Multimodal Composition. In S. Pandey & S. Khadka, Professionalizing multimodal composition. Routledge.
  • Canady, F., Scott, C. E., & Hicks, T. (2020). “Walking a Thin Line”: Exploring the tensions between composition curriculum and students’ lives as digital writers. Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE), 16(2), 1-20. 
  • Canady, F., & Nagelhout, E. (2020). Game Design as Literacy-First Activity: Digital Tools with/in Literacy Instruction. In Handbook on Integrating Digital Technology with Literacy Pedagogies. IGI Global. Peer-reviewed. Advisory Board.
  • Canady, F., & Hicks, T. (2019). Reconsidering Student Inquiry through Digital Narrative Nonfiction. English Journal, 108(6), 25-31. 
  • Canady, F., Martin, K., & Scott, C. E. (2018). Song of Myself: A digital unit of study remixed. In J. S. Dail, S. Witte, & S. T. Bickmore (Eds). Toward a more visual literacy: Shifting the paradigm with digital tools and young adult literature.* (pp. 101-118). New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. *Recipient of the 2019 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies http://www.initiativefor21research.org/ 
  • Canady, F., & Scott, C. E. (2018). “This Ain’t Got Nuttin’ to do with my Life”: Art and imitation in Romeo and Juliet. In M. Macaluso & K. Macaluso (Eds.), Teaching the Canon in 21st Century Classrooms: Challenging Genres, Sense Publishers’ Critical Literacy Series.

Selected Recent Presentations

  • Canady, F. (April 2022). “Class, Take Out Your Phones!”: Augmented Reading in the High School Classroom. From Choosing Equity and Inquiry: Starting the Year in H.S. English with Augmented Reading. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 33rd International Conference in San Diego, California, April 11-15, 2022. *NTLI Award presentation keynotes. 
  • Canady, F. (2022). Sites of Possibility: Figured Worlds of Identity and Agency in Academic Writing through Digital Multimodality. Submitted to American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Division G, Section 3: Languages, Literacies, and Representations. iPresentation link.
  • Rumohr, G., Bickmore, S. T., Canady, F., Dorrity, R., Saldana, R., and Ribay, R. (2021). Choosing Equity and Inquiry: What to Read First in High School English. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, Nov. 18-21, 2021.
  • Baleria, G., & Canady, F. (2021). Achieving Social Justice through collaborative & creative digital media literacy. National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Media Literacy + Social Justice, July 16-18, 2021.
  • Canady, F., & Baleria, G. (2021). Sowing the seeds of change: An interdisciplinary certification to cultivate DML in news deserts and underserved communities. Creative Showcase. 43rd Annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) Conference 2021, Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Navigating Between Generosity and Rigor. Southern Utah University (online). 
  • Rimbach-Jones, D., Johnson, J., Canady, F., & Zeanah, T. (June 2021). Remixing Poetry as a Call to Action: Tupac and a Demand for Black Linguistic Justice. The UNLV 2021 Summit on the Research and Teaching of YA Literature, June 10-12, 2021.
  • Baleria, G. & Canady, F. (Nov.  2020). Critical Crisis Response: Social Media as a Counter-Narrative Tool. The 2020 Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas. Virtual.
  • Baleria, G., & Canady, F. (Nov. 2020). Navigating Information and Mis-Information During Immediate and Ongoing Crises. 2020 AIS Mini-Conference for Interdisciplinary Responses to the Pandemic: An International Forum as part of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Scott, C. E., Washburn, E. K., & Canady, F. (2018 November). Teacher candidates: Do they really know the difference between content area and disciplinary literacy? Paper presentation at the 2018 annual meeting for the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Louisville, KY.