S. Adam Crawley (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. His research, teaching, and service focus on the use of literacy and literature to foster socially just, critical, and inclusive learning spaces. Specifically, he explores depictions within, approaches to the teaching of, and stakeholders' responses to LGBTQ-inclusive texts in elementary schools.
Before becoming faculty at UT-Austin, Dr. Crawley was an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University (2018-2021) and completed his graduate study at the University of Georgia, earning a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education along with a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in 2018. During his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Crawley worked for four years with the Georgia Children's Book Awards, annual children's literature conference, and statewide reading bowl. Prior to the doctorate, Dr. Crawley was an elementary public school teacher in Georgia for twelve years, became a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project, facilitated annual reading and writing professional development in Georgia's largest public school district, and was certified as a Teacher Support Specialist. Dr. Crawley also has study abroad experience - both as a pre-service teacher and teacher educator - in Australia and Greece.
Dr. Crawley is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English, Literacy Research Association, and American Educational Research Association among other organizations. He also serves as an advisory board member and contributor for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education (in press; K. K. Strunk & S. A. Shelton, Editors).