Kathy Harris teaches teacher education courses and conducts research on learning and teaching in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University, where she is a member of the Literacy, Language, and Technology Research group.As part of the research team working to support the development of digital literacy in vulnerable populations, she collaborated in the development of learning materials to help low-skilled adults access and use their eHealth portal. Kathy also co-authored an extensive set of learning plans for literacy tutors, many of whom work with adults in library-based programs.
Kathy is especially interested in helping adult educators learn how to integrate digital literacy into their instruction and served as a subject matter expert creating materials for teachers as part of LINCS ESL Pro project. She also teaches adult ESL, including digital literacy and English as a second language to adult learners with limited or interrupted formal education. Kathy received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Northwestern University.