Clarice Moran recognized for excellence in literacy in a digital age

Appalachian State University Department of English’s Dr. Clarice Moran, assistant professor of English education was recently recognized as a recipient of the Divergent Publication Award for Excellence in Literacy in a Digital Age Research recognizing the most outstanding publications during the past two years that bring to the forefront the importance and impact of this work, given by the Initiative for Literacy in a Digital Age.

The Initiative for Literacy in a Digital Age, established in 2014, recognizes the importance of literacy in a digital age, those who diverge from traditional pedagogies and research approaches, and the indelible contributions of educators and scholars who have dedicated their careers to the theoretical and practical study of 21st-century literacies.

“We received a record number of nominees for the 2022 class. The educators, librarians, community organizers, college and career leaders and students honored by this recognition are paving the way for equity, diversity, inclusivity and access to texts and tools for all learners,” shared Dr. Shelbie Witte, founding director of the Initiative.

Honorees will be sharing their work as part of the Literacy in a Digital Age lecture series in April 2022.

Moran’s book, “Virtual and Augmented Reality in English Language Arts Education” (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington), focuses on the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the secondary English language arts (ELA) classroom. The book features lesson plans and specific strategies for implementing VR and AR in language arts education. The book was co-edited with Dr. Mary Rice, assistant professor of literacy at the University of New Mexico. 

Dr. Clarice Moran joined Appalachian in the fall of 2020 as an assistant professor in the Department of English, teaching in the English education program. Moran received her P.h.D and M.A. from North Carolina State University and B.A. from the University of Georgia.


About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at

Department of English’s Dr. Clarice Moran, assistant professor of English education. Photo submitted.
Published: May 20, 2021 3:47pm