LTCY Faculty & Staff

Michael Manderino

Michael Manderino

TITLE: Assistant Professor
Literacy Education
AREA: Faculty
OFFICE: Gabel Hall 119L
PHONE: (815) 753-7467


  • Ph.D.,   University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MEd.,   University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A.,    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

Dr. Manderino’s research interests center around the intersection of disciplinary literacy and multiliteracies at the secondary level.  His interest is to study how students process multiple texts in discipline specific contexts with multimodal texts.  He is also interested in the development of secondary literacy coaching programs. 

Selected Publications

  • Wickens, C.M. & Manderino, M., Parker, J, & Jin, J. (2015). Habits of practice: Expanding disciplinary literacy frameworks through a physical education lens. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 59(1), 75-82.
  • Manderino, M.L. & Di Domenico, P. (2015). Digitally literate youth: Supporting literacydevelopment in 1:1 environments. Journal of the Literacy Professional Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education. 4, p. 21-31. 
  • Phillips, N.C., & Manderino, M. (April, 2015). Access, equity, and empowerment:Supporting digital literacies for all learners. UIC research on urban educationpolicy initiative policy brief. Volume 4, Book 3. 
  • Wickens, C.M., Manderino, M., & Andreasen-Glover, E. (2015). Developing disciplinary literacy through classroom blogging. Voices in the Middle. 22(3), 24-32
  • Manderino, M. (2015). Reading and understanding in the digital age: A look at thecritical need for close reading of digital and multimodal texts. Reading Today. 32(4).
  • Manderino, M., & Wickens, C. M. & Andreasen-Glover, E. (2015). Classroom blogging to develop disciplinary literacy. In T. Rasinski, K. Pytash, & R. Ferdig (Eds.). Using Technology to Enhance Reading: Innovative Approaches to Literacy Instruction. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree. [Invited]
  • Manderino, M., Berglund, R. L., & Johns, J. L. (2014). Content area learning: Bridges to disciplinary literacy. 4th Ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • Manderino, M., & Ripley, L. (2014). Socially networking the past: Digital mediation of writing. In R. S. Anderson, & C. Mims (Eds.). Digital tools for writing instruction in K-12 settings: Student perception and experience. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. [Refereed]
  • Manderino, M., & Wickens, C. M. (2014). Addressing disciplinary literacy in the Common Core Standards. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 42(2), 28-39. 
  • Manderino, M. (2013). Transforming literate practice for adolescents: Intersectingdisciplinary literacy and new literacies. Literacy is Transformative: Annual Yearbook of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Werderich, D.E. & Manderino, M. (2013). The Multimedia Memoir: LeveragingMultimodalityto Facilitate the Teaching of Writing for Preservice Teachers. In R. Ferdig & K. Pytash (Eds). Exploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. [Refereed]
  • Manderino, M. (2012). Disciplinary literacy in new literacies environments: Expandingthe intersections of literate practice for adolescents. 62nd Yearbook of the LiteracyResearch Association. Oak Creek, WI: Literacy Research Association.
  • Manderino, M. (2012). Reading digitally like a historian: Using multimedia texts tofacilitate disciplinary learning. Connecticut Reading Association Journal 1(1),79-82.

Scholarly Presentations

  • Manderino, M., L’Allier, S., Di Domenico, P., & Elish-Piper, L. (2014, December). The Complexity and Challenges of Facilitating Sustained Teacher Change: ALongitudinal Examination of Disciplinary Literacy Coaching in High Schools.Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association,Marco Island, FL.
  • Wickens, C.M. & Manderino, M. (2014, December). Blogging with 7th graders:Apprenticing disciplinary literacy instruction with preservice teachers. Paperpresented at Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association, MarcoIsland, FL.
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., Berne, J., & Simon, B. (2014, December). Understandingand Enacting the Common Core ELA Standards: Outcomes of a LiteracyLeadership Academy for PK-12 School Administrators. Paper presented at AnnualConference of the Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL.
  • Werderich, D. & Manderino, M. (2014, December). Composing the Multimedia Memoir.Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association, Marco Island FL.
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., Di Domenico, P., L’Allier. (2014, November).Disciplinary Literacy Coaching in High Schools: Guiding Principles for EffectivePractice. Annual Conference of the Association of Literacy Educators andResearchers, Delray Beach, FL.
    Wilder, P. & Manderino, M. (2014, November). “Why Won’t You Just Tell Us How To Teach literacy?” Redesigning Pre-Service Content-Area Literacy Education for Disciplinary Literacy. Annual Conference of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Delray Beach, FL.
  • Werderich, D.E. & Manderino, M. (2014, May). Examining multimodal composition inteacher education. Research poster presented at the Annual Conference of theInternational Reading Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Manderino, M. (2014, January). “You’ve got more opinions to back it up”: Students’historical reading of online media texts. Paper presented at the annual conferenceof the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research, Elmhurst,IL.

Invited Presentations

  • Manderino, M. (2014, October). Close Reading of Multiple Text Types. Featured Speaker presentation at the Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL.
  • Manderino, M. & Di Domenico, P. (2014, October). Disciplinary literacy as responsive practice. The role of the teacher. Featured Speaker presentation at the Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL.
  • Johns. J., Berglund, R., & Manderino, M. (2014, October). Bridges to disciplinary literacy in the Common Core Era. Featured Speaker presentation at the Illinois Reading Conference, Springfield, IL.
  • Manderino, M. (2014, September). Disciplinary literacies in content area classrooms: Instructional design for responsive instruction. Online Webinar for the National Council of English Teachers.
  • Manderino, M. (2014, February). Close reading and multiple text types. Keynote presentation to the Will County Winter Professional Development Conference.
  • Manderino, M., Pytash, K., Wilder, P., & Di Domenico, P. (2013, November). Disciplinary literacies. Literacy Research Association Research to Practice Show.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Finalist Outstanding Dissertation Award, International Reading Association, 2013
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, 2012
  • Outstanding Student Research Award, Literacy Research Association, 2011
  • Dean’s Merit Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012

Courses Currently Teaching

  • LTRE 701:  Supervisory Problems in Reading


  • Werderich, D.E. & Manderino, M. (2014). Multimodal Composition in Teacher Education.  Elva Knight Grant. Sponsored by the International Reading Association.  $7,700.00 (Funded)