Dr. Damiana G. Pyles

Damiana Gibbons Pyles is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. Her research interests focus on media production, identity, and media literacy practices in order to understand the intersections of the visual, the spoken, the written, and the performed in digital and print literacies. She created an analytic methodology called multimodal microanalysis to understand the media products young people create, and her past scholarship focused on how to think through an ethics of youth media production, especially in marginalized groups. She currently teaches courses for preservice and practicing teachers to learn how to integrate media and technology for teaching and learning. She also teaches Media Studies students from across campus to learn how to analyze identities across media, such as race/gender/sexualities in streaming media and comics, and how to create their own media in response through games, blogs, audio documentary, and other media. Her most recent projects include exploring literacy and science learning through YouTube and YouTube Kids and other multimodal tools in kindergarten classrooms, understanding how rurality plays a part in early literacies, and exploring concepts of space and place around Instagram and local organic farming.

Academic Specialty:
Literacies, New Literacy Studies, Multimodality, New Media, Youth Media, Technologies and Learning

CI 2010: Narrative, New Media, and Gaming
CI 2300: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
CI 2350: Critical Media Literacy and/as Civic Engagement
CI 2350: Critical Media Literacy as Civic Engagement
CI 3545: Digital Literacies for Educators
CI 4830: Media Literacy
CI 4940/5940: Media: Image and Influence
CI 5310: New Media Literacies
CI 4835/5835: Media: Image, Influence, and Identity
CI 5310: New Media Literacies
CI 5630: Instructional Technology
CI 5643: Advanced Production and Portfolio
CI 5940: Media: Image, Influence, and Identity
RE 3070: Media for Young People
WRC 2001: Days in the Life

B.A., English/English Education, University of Wyoming
M.A., English--Literary Studies, University of Wyoming
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction--Literacies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications:
Pyles, D., Buchholz, B., Hash, P., Hagaman, K. (In Press, 2019). Teacher Curatorship: Fostering Literacies with Kindergartners Using YouTube Videos. In: Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology With Literacy Pedagogies. Sullivan, P.M., Lantz, J.L., Sullivan, B.A. (Eds.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Buchholz, B. & Gibbons Pyles, D. (2018). Scientific Literacy in the Wild: Using Multimodal Texts In & Out of School. Reading Teacher, 0 (0): 1-10. doi:10.1002/trtr.1678.

Gibbons Pyles, D. (2016). Rural Media Literacy: Rural Youth Filmmaking as a Media Literacy Practice. Journal of Research on Rural Education, 31(7): 1-15.

Gibbons Pyles, D. (2015). A multimodal mapping of voice in youth media: The pitch in youth video production. Learning, Media, & Technology. DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2016.1095209.

Gibbons, D. & Redmond, T. (2014). Investigating cultural models of technology and literacy integration in pre-service teacher education. In: Literacy Enrichment and Technology Integration in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Keengwe, J., Onchwari, G., & Hucks, D. (Eds.) Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 75-90. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4924-8

Gibbons, D. (2012). Developing an ethics of youth media production using media literacy, identity, & modality. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 4(3): 256-265.

Gibbons, D., Drift, T., & Drift, D. (2011). Whose story is it? Being Native and American: Crossing borders, hyphenated selves." International Perspectives on Youth Media: Cultures of Production & Education. Ed. Fisherkeller, JoEllen. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, Inc. 172-191.

Gibbons, D. O: The Oprah Magazine's contradictory self-help messages. (2007). In The Oprah Phenomenon. Watson, Elwood. & Harris, Jennifer. (Eds.) Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. 277-292.

Title: Associate Professor of Media Studies
Department: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Media Literacy Program

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2277

Fax: (828) 262-2686

Office address
220C College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037