Dr. Brad Biggs’ love of language and learning has fueled his teaching for over 26 years, first with high school students from various socioeconomic communities in a rural Indiana university town, and later with majority Latino students in an urban setting in Tucson, Arizona. Listening to students as they shared their stories and their challenges, Brad was convinced he could best support democratic, empowering learning by pursuing doctoral studies. During his Ph.D. studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Brad learned more about education policy and online as he designed and taught online and seat classes in disciplinary literacy. His learning was enhanced with practical interactions with teachers and students at the elementary level in the PRESS program for early literacy, and with work with middle school and high school teachers and underserved students across Minnesota and the Ready or not Reading program.
Brad teaches an undergraduate course (Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing), and is course custodian for two graduate courses, offered online and as blended courses (Research in Literacy Education and Reading in the Academic Disciplines). Fascinated by how disciplinary literacy expertise is gained and shared, Brad researches disciplinary expertise and instruction. Brad collaborates with CSU colleagues in Southern California on research from a critical perspective on postsecondary teaching with technology, and in program development, teacher development, and research with literacy education colleagues at Buena Park High School. Brad’s intention is to draw from these research streams to consider the instruction of critical thinking in terms of both cognitive psychology and critical multiliteracies, and to implement findings from his research in his courses.
Education and Experience
- Ph.D. Literacy Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Graduate Instructor Courses in Disciplinary Literacy Instruction for Preservice Teachers and Disciplinary Literacy Practicum, University of Minnesota
- Secondary teacher, Spanish and English, 17 years, Greencastle, IN and Tucson, AZ
- Graduate Certificate Secondary Education, Indiana University Bloomington
- B.A. Spanish Language and Literacy, Indiana University Bloomington
Scholarly and Creative Activities
- Biggs, B.A., Bowers, E., & Bartle-Angus, K. (2016). A university and community college partnership: Building teaching capacity to increased underserved student success. Unpublished manuscript submitted for publication.
- Biggs, B.A. (2016). Ready or Not Reading: Preparation for underserved students in college reading, English/language arts, history, mathematics, and science. Minnesota State Community and Technical Colleges. Ready or not Reading (Design, audio and video media, evaluation study, revision 2008-2013)
Professional Service and Community Engagement
- SOAR Advisory Committee, California State University.
- Editorial Board, Journal of College Reading and Learning
- Mentor, Graduate Student Mentor Program, California State University