Fawn Canady

Assistant Professor

Fawn Canady
Fawn Canady




Stevenson 3029

Office Hours

10:30-12:30 and Wednesdays by appointment

I never set out to become a teacher, but later found it was always “in” me. Teaching creates opportunities for continual change and growth. I was drawn to teaching and learning with digital media early in my career– it’s like a form of cultural studies as well as a study of literacies. I have diverse experience in education, ranging from high school English teacher at a Career and Technical Academy, Project Facilitator for a large, urban district, and active engagement in the Writing Project (since 2007). I love travel, food, and people. When I have time, I enjoy spending it hiking, boating, or just generally being outside with my family.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Canady, F. & Hicks, T. (2019). Reconsidering Student Inquiry through Digital Narrative Nonfiction. English Journal, 108(6), 25-31.
  • Canady, F., & Hicks, T. (2019, March). Telling True Stories: Adventures in Multimedia Nonfiction Narrative. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1240-1248). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • 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. *Text was selected as a 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.

Recent Presentations

  • Rumohr-Voskuil, G., Canady, F., Toliver, S. R., Saldana, R., Bickmore, S., & Dorrity, R. (2019). Choose carefully: First literature choices in high school English classes. at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD.
  • Dávila, D., Lee, P., Lee, J. J., Ladd, S., Melilli, A., Canady, F., Cherniak, S. (2019). Changing climates: Inquiries into food literacy with new diverse children’s books. at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD.
  • Canady, F..  ( 2019). What’s the story? Using narrative to guide multimedia research. A roundtable for SLAM 2019: The Power of Authentic Inquiry in Literacies and Multimedia. at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD.
  • Canady, F., Rimbach-Jones, D., & Scott, C.E. (2018). Teaching the canon in 21st century classrooms; Paper: “This ain’t got nuttin’ to do with my life”: Art and imitation in Romeo and Juliet. Annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Dallas, TX.