Mary Kalantzis is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a world leader in the ‘new literacy studies’, focusing on multimodality and diversity in contemporary communications. In recent years she worked to conceptualize the nature of communication and learning in the digital age, focusing on the policy, practice and pedagogical design implications of new technologies in education, from early childhood to higher education. With Bill Cope, she is co-author or editor of: Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, 2000; New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2008/2nd edition 2012; Ubiquitous Learning, University of Illinois Press, 2009; and Literacies, Cambridge University Press, 2012. In recent years, her work research and development work has focused on developing and testing a web application supporting teachers in the pedagogical design process (the Learning by Design Project - ), and Scholar, an online, multimodal student work space, supporting intensive peer-to-peer feedback and multifaceted formative assessment -

Key Professional Appointments

DeanCollege of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

ProfessorCurriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

Executive DeanFaculty of Education, Language and Community Services, RMIT University, Melbourne, 1997 - 2003

DirectorInstitute of Interdisciplinary Studies, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia, 1994 - 1997

ProfessorEducation, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia, 1994 - 1997

DirectorNLLIA Centre for Workplace Communication & Culture, University of Technology, Sydney & James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, 1990 - 1994

DirectorCenter for Workplace Communication & Culture, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 1990 - 1993

Fulbright Scholar in ResidenceKeene State College, University of New Hampshire System, 1990 - 1991

Senior Research FellowCentre for Multicultural Studies, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, 1984 - 1990

TeacherPrimary, Secondary, & Tertiary Schools, Australian Public School System, 1979 - 1983


Ph.D., School of History, Philosophy, & Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1991

B.A., History and Linguistics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1980

Awards, Honors, Associations

Radford Award & Annual Radford LectureAustralian Association for Research in Education, 2005 - 2005

Research & Service

My academic research crosses a number of disciplines, including history, linguistics, education and sociology; and examines the varied themes of immigration, education, ethnicity, gender, culture, leadership and workplace change, professional learning and training, pedagogy and literacy learning.

My research activities in Australia have involved responsibilty for the management of, or major participant in, 116 research and development projects since 1991. I have been the recipient of ten large and four small Australian Research Council grants. A key set of projects have involved Multiliteracies research. This has been a decade long research initiative with colleagues from Australia, the United States and Britain to investigate the dual challenges for literacy teaching of cultural diversity and new communication technologies. It includes, participatory research in the area of multimodality and pedagogy working with teachers in Victoria, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales and Queensland.

My efforts on issues related to immigration have included an international comparative study conducted for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, the development and documentation of Australian national policies linking school to work, several Queensland government-funded evaluations of services for immigrant communities that include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and an Australian federally-funded project on literacy skills required for work and training.


Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2010) Towards a Semantic Web: connecting knowledge in academic research.. Woodhead: Cambridge, MA

Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2010) Ubiquitous Learning Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press

Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2009) 'Signs of epistemic disruption: transformations in the knowledge system of the academic journal.' Chandos , 13-55

Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2008) New learning: elements of a science eduction.. Cambrindge University Press: New York

Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (2007) New media, new learning International Journal of Learning 14, 75-79

Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Burrows, P., Cloonan, A., Neville, M., Haren, V., & R., e. (2005) Learning by design. Melbourne,. The Learner: Australia

Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2004) Designs for learning E-learning 1 (1), 38-92

Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., & Harvey, A. (2003) Assessing multiliteracies and the new basics Assessment in Education 10 (1), 15-26

Kalantzis, M. (2003) Immigration, multiculturalism and racism. The hawke government: A critical perspective Pluto Press: Melbourne

New London Group: Courtney Cazden, B., Norman Fairclough, J., Mary Kalantzis, G., Carmen Luke, S., Martin Nakata, ., & Kalantzis, M. (1996) A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures Harvard Education Review 66 (1), 60-92

Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., Noble, G., & Poynting, S. (1991) Cultures of schooling: Pedagogies for cultural difference and social access.. The Falmer Press: London


Member, Board of TrusteesIllinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 2007 - present

Board MemberNational Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership, 2004 - 2005

PresidentAustralia Council of Deans of Education, 2000 - 2004

Vice-PresidentCommunity Broadcasting Foundation, 2000 - 2003

Hearing CommissionerHuman Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1995 - 1997

Mary Kalantzis

Dean, Office of the Dean



110A Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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