Mary Frances Buckley (Molly)
 Title: Associate Professor
Adolescent/Young Adult English Education
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 327
 Phone: 216-523-7424
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 327, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Adolescent literacy, digital literacy, critical literacy, teacher education, English education
B.A., English, College of the Holy Cross, 1999
M.A., Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies, Stanford University, 2006
Ph.D., Language & Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Brief Bio:
Mary Frances (Molly) Buckley-Marudas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Adolescent/Young Adult English Education in the College of Education and Human Services. At CSU, Dr. Buckley teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including Secondary English Instruction and Assessment, Young Adult Literature, and Content Area Literacy. Dr. Buckley-Marudas also serves as faculty-in-residence at Campus International High school.

Dr. Buckley Marudas's research agenda includes adolescent literacies, new media and digital literacies, and critical inquiry. Much of her work and research has focused on how adolescents engage new media and digital technologies in their everyday lives in school and how teachers could leverage new media for productive and meaningful literacy learning in classrooms and schools. Other studies have examined the role of responding to student writing, ways of designing meaningful spaces for writing and composition in high school contexts, and pre-service teachers frameworks for literacy and adolescent literacy education during their student teaching internships. Dr. Buckley-Marudas has presented at numerous national and international professional conferences. Currently, Dr. Buckley-Marudas is involved in projects related to adolescent writing, digital literacy, English Education, and critical inquiry in university classrooms.  

Dr. Buckley-Marudas is a co-founder of the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative. The Cleveland Collaborative is an award-winning working group for research, reflection, and support for educators of all levels in Northeast Ohio. Started in May 2020 with Cleveland State University colleague Dr. Shelley E. Rose, the CTC is committed to sharing teaching and learning practices of Northeast Ohio educators from grades Pre-K through university.
Honors and Awards:
2019: The Nilsen-Donelson Award, awarded by the ALAN Review for the best article in a volume year for "Using YA Literature to Support Students as They Wrestle with Violence, Police Brutality, and Trauma: Engaging The Hate U Give." 

2019: Article of the Year. Conference on English Leadership. ¿Amplifying Voice, Facilitating Agency: Engaging Youth Participatory Action Research in an Urban Public High School¿ awarded best article of the year in English Leadership Quarterly

2018: Cleveland State University, College of Education & Human Services, Faculty Technology Award
Teaching Areas:
Secondary English Instruction and Assessment
Young Adult Literature
Content Area Literacy
Digital Literacies
Professional Affiliations:
American Educational Research Association (Division K and Writing and Literacies Special Interest Group)
Literacy Research Association
National Council of Teachers English
National Council of Teachers of English Association of Research
Literacy Research Association
University Service:
College of Education and Human Services Technology Committee
College of Education and Human Services Teacher Education Council
Professional Service:
WVIZ Ideastream Education Advisory Council
Research Grants:
2020: Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Grant: "Youth Participatory Action Research as Behavioral and Academic Intervention." Co-Primary Investigator, Funded for $1,388,037.00 over 4 years. Funded. Started July 1, 2020. Co-PI

2020: Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Youth Participatory Action Research. PI. Funded for $27,148 for one year. Started June 20, 2020. PI.

2019: Ohio Department of Education. Dean¿s Compact on Exceptional Children. "Literacy Partnership Initiative."Funded $30,000 for 1 year (with 1year extension due to Covid-19). Began November 2019. Co-PI.

2019: The National Writing Project (NWP) 2019 LRNG Innovators Challenge: From Passion to Purpose. "The City is Our Campus." Funded $20,000 for 1 year (with 1 year Covid-19 extension). In progress. PI

2020: Covid-19 Research Grant: Cleveland Digital Teaching Toolkit for Remote Learning: Research, Reflection and
Retooling for 2020-21.  College of Education & Human Services and Department of Teacher Education. Funded 2,977. In progress. PI.

2020: Faculty Innovative Research & Engagement (FIRE): "Applying stress-process and life-course models to understand the negative effects of the school-to-prison pipeline among youth who reside in a disadvantaged neighborhood." Awarded $19,991 for one year. In process. Co-PI

2020: Undergraduate Student Research Award, CSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Making sense of youth sense-making: An inquiry into how youth perspectives are centered in youth-led research. Funded $4,8538.30 In progress. PI.

2019: Collaborative Action Research Grant, Funded, Complete

2019: Collaborative Action Research Grant, Funded  Complete

2018: Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant: "Amplifying Voice, Facilitating Action: An Inquiry into the Possibilities and Challenges of Youth Participatory Action Research in High School." Project Funded, Complete.

2017: Collaborative Action Research Grant, Project Funded  Completed

2016: Civic Engagement Grant, Project Funded Completed