Lisa Kervin

Position: Associate Professor in Language and Literacy
Phone: (02) 4221 3968


Lisa Kervin is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Lisa is an experienced primary school teacher and has held literacy consultancy roles. At UOW, Lisa is an active member of the Early Start Research Institute. Lisa’s current research interests are focused on young children and how they engage with literate practices and she is currently involved in research projects funded by the Australian Research Council focused on Digital Play (DP140100328) and the development and implementation of the Australian English Curriculum (DP1093826). She has researched her own teaching and has collaborative research partnerships with teachers and students in tertiary and primary classrooms and prior-to-school settings. Lisa has received a number of research awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research in 2011 and the International Literacy Research Fellowship for work in digital literacies from the International Reading Association in 2006. Lisa is currently the NSW Director for the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association.

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Competitive Grants 

  • International Reading Association: Children's reading comprehension of online advertising 2011
  • ARC Discovery: The National English Curriculum: Understanding the development, interpretation and implementation of disciplinary knowledge (Harris, P., Chen, H., Derewianka, B., Kervin, L. K., McKenzie, B., Turbill, J. B., Fitzsimmons, P.) 2010-2013
  • ARC Discovery: Measuring children's responsiveness to food advertising (Jones, S. & Kervin, L) 2009-2011
  • ARC Discovery: Towards defining a literacy research agenda: Investigating the relationship between literacy teaching, research and policy (Harris, P., Derewianka, B., Chen, H., Fitzsimmons, P., Kervin, L., Turbill, J., Cambourne, B., Cruickshank, K., McKenzie, B. & Konza, D.) 2007 - 2009
  • Cancer Council: Cancer Council Sun Smart Program: Resource development for parents with low literacy levels 2009
  • Apple University Development Fund: iPod Pedagogy: Using the technology of millennial learners in education (Reid, D. & Kervin, L.) 2008
  • NSW DET: An evaluative inquiry into the sustainability of Professional Learning through school-based action learning (Hoban, G., Herrington, A. & Kervin, L.) 2006

University Research Grants 

  • University Research Grant: Imaging university: identifying the place of university in the lives and aspirations of indigenous school students 2011-2012
  • Faculty Research Grant: Investigating synergies between literacy, technology and classroom practice 2010-2011
  • University Research Grant: Teaching in the `digital revolution¿: re-examining the literacy session (Kervin, L. & Jones, P.) 2009
  • Faculty Research Grant: Literacy Relationships and Transitions in the Prior-to-School and Early School Years (Harris, P., Kervin, L., McKenzie, B. & Turbill, J.) 2009-2010
  • TALR small grant: Digital stories as a transition tool as children move from pre-school to Kindergarten (Kervin, L. & Mantei, J.)

Professional Activities

Lisa Kervin is the NSW Director of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA). She co-edits the journal "Practically Primary" and in 2012 she will convene the National ALEA Conference in Sydney.


  • Vice Chancellor's award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research. Awarded: 2011
  • International Reading / Literacy Research Fellowship. (International Reading Association, IRA) Awarded: Chicago, May 2 2006
  • Commercialisation and Innovation Trailblazer Award. (University of Wollongong) Awarded: June 15, 2006
  • NSW IER Thesis Award. Awarded: 2005

Outstanding Paper Awards

  • Ferry, B., Hedberg, J., Kervin, L., Turbill, J., Cambourne, B., Jonassen, D. (2004). The use of an on-line classroom simulation to enhance the decision making skills of beginning teachers. 2004 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lugano, Switzerland.
  • Carrington, L., Kervin, L. & Ferry, B. (2008). Enhancing the development of pre-service teacher professional identity through the use of a virtual learning environment. In I. Gibson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 1402-1409). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Nomination received for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning at the University of Wollongong (2004, 2005, 2010)


Research Students

  • Chloe Gordon
  • Margarita Fajardo
  • Susan Byers
  • Kylie Lipsombe
  • Jan Hutton
  • Adrina Joseph
  • Debra Williams
  • Lulwah Almushaileh
  • Lynette Cronin
  • Suellen Denny
  • Sophie McIntosh
  • Jane Tanner
Last reviewed: 8 January, 2015