University at Buffalo

Mary McVee

Mary McVee

Director, Center for Literacy & Reading Instruction
Organizing Committee Member, 2022 Positioning Theory Conference



Specialty/Research Focus

Engineering Education; Diversity; Digital Media and Learning; Design Experiments; Literacy; Discourse analysis; Reading Instruction; Ethnography; Race, Inequality, and Education; Linguistic, Discourse, and Sociocultural Context; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Contact Information
581 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-2458

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Michigan State University (1999)
  • MA, Michigan State University (1994)
  • BA, University of Montana, Missoula (1988)
Awards and Honors:
  • 2022-2023 UB Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award; University at Buffalo, SUNY; 2023-02-09;
  • Invited Member of National Technology Leadership Summit, Washington DC (2016, 2017, 2018).; National Technology Leadership Summit; 2016-09-28;
  • Mid-Career Award; AERA Division K: Teaching & Teacher Education; 2007-04-10;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • McVee, M. B., Schucker, K. A., Cun, A. (2023). Posthumanism and Positioning Theory: Explorations of embodiment and affect from a critical perspective. International Encyclopedia of Education 4th ed.
  • McVee, M. B., *Schucker, K., *Jarmark, C., & Shanahan, L. (2022). Disciplinary literacies and engineering habits of mind. Pedagogies: An International Journal.
  • McVee, M. B., Silvestri, K. N., Schucker, K. A., & Cun, A. (2021). Positioning Theory, embodiment, and the moral orders of objects in social dynamics: How Positioning Theory has neglected the body and artifactual knowing. Special Issue in honor of Rom HarrĂ©, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
  • Silvestri, K., Jordan, M., Paugh, P., McVee, M. B., Schallert, D. (2021). Intersecting engineering and literacies: A review of the literature on communicative literacies in K-12 engineering education. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research
Book Chapter:
  • Cun, A. & McVee, M. B. (2022). Listening to the stories of refugee children from Burma: A positioning and multimodal study. In S. Brown & L. Hao (Eds.), Multimodal literacies in young emergent bilinguals: Speaking back to print-centric practices. Multilingual Matters Publishing.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • McVee, M. B. (December 3, 2022). Racial Positioning and Emotion in Stories of Literacy Educators: Transgressing Boundaries and Borders. Mary McVee, University at Buffalo, SUNY. Integrated Research Review Panelist Plenary Session of the 2022 Literacy Research Association Conference;
  • McVee, M. B. (July, 2022). Using Positioning Theory and Critical Narrative Analysis in Exploration of Racial Positions. A Keynote talk for the 2022 Positioning Theory Conference. University at Buffalo, SUNY. Buffalo, NY.;
  • McVee, M. B. (September 15, 2021). Positioning Theory, Multimodality, and Embodiment. A talk for the 2021-2022 Positioning Theory Virtual Talk Series.;
  • McVee, M. B. (July 20, 2020). Beyond the sign post: Using positioning theory as a foundational framework in research studies. 2020 Positioning Theory One-Day Virtual Symposium. Hosted by University of Buffalo, SUNY and Center for Literacy & Reading Instruction.;
  • McVee, M. B. (December, 2021). Organizer and Presenter Alternative Format Session: Future-forming Conversations: Creating Spaces for Educators and Researchers to Consider Anti-racist Work With/Through/Across Texts. Literacy Research Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. McVee, M.B., Brock, C., Glazier, J., & Turner, J. (December, 2021). More than a Bookclub: Forming an Anti-racist Reading Collective (ARRC) for Justice in Colleges, Schools, or Communities. An alternative format session at the Literacy Research Association Conference. Atlanta, GA.;
Recent Grants:
  • Elementary Teacher Professional Learning in Equitable Engineering Pedagogies for Multilingual Students; Federal; NSF; Awarded; (07/01/2023-06/30/2026)
  • Elementary Teacher Professional Learning in Equitable Engineering Pedagogies for Multilingual Students; Federal; NSF; Awarded; (07/01/2023-06/30/2026)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Literacy Research
  • Guest Editor Themed Issue: Disciplinary Literacies and Engineering and Equity. M. B. McVee, L. E. Shanahan, & K. English (Eds.)
Professional Service:
  • AERA Chair, Semiotics in Education SIG
  • 2022 Positioning Theory Conference Chair
  • Advisory Board Literacy Research Center and Clinic, University of Wyoming

Contact Information

581 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-2458