Dr. Alicia A. Stewart is an Assistant Professor in the Reading and Elementary Education
Department. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Special Education and Interventions at Central Connecticut State University. Dr. Stewart
earned her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on learning
disabilities and behavioral disorders. Before earning her Ph.D., she served as a middle and high
school special education teacher in California, where she worked collaboratively with content
area teachers across disciplines. Her research interests involve effective reading instruction for
students with behaviors that interfere with learning, specifically students with high levels of
inattention. In addition, she is interested in identifying ways to support pre-service and in-
service teachers in developing the skills needed to implement effective reading practices across
content areas with the goal of improving students’ reading comprehension. Dr. Stewart has
experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in reading methods and
assessment. You can find Dr. Stewart’s latest CV here.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2019
M.A. in Special Education, California State University Channel Islands
B.A. in Sociology, California State University Channel Islands
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise
Teacher professional development, reading comprehension, reading instruction for students
Awards & Honors
2021 Honor Roll Faculty Award
Central Connecticut State University
2020 Graduate Capstone Advisor of the Year for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Central Connecticut State University
2015-2019 Office of Special Education Programming Doctoral Fellowship University of Texas at Austin
Stewart, A. A., Vaughn, S., Scammacca, N. K., & Swanson, E. (2022). Evidence-based instruction on the
reading outcomes of students with inattention: A pilot study. Remedial and Special Education.
Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/07419325221117292
Stewart, A. A., & Swanson, E. A. (2022). Supporting reading comprehension for students with
inattention. TEACHING Exceptional Children. Advance online publication.
Swanson, E., Vaughn, S., Fall, A.-M., Stevens, E. A., Stewart, A. A., Capin, P., Roberts, G. (2021). The
differential efficacy of a professional development model on reading outcomes for students
with and without disabilities. Exceptional Children. Advance online publication.