Cindy M. Bird, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Education-Literacy
Office: TH E 296 Phone: (716) 673-4756
Dr. Bird is a tenured Associate Professor of Education in the Literacy Program, with specialization at the adolescent level. She has served as Reading Clinic Supervisor and Literacy Programs Coordinator. Her main teaching areas are theory and research. Dr. Bird is also an NCATE SPA Reviewer for the International Reading Association (IRA), and has been a proposal reviewer for the IRA National Conference for several years. She also reviews regularly for several professional journals.
Dr. Bird’s professional interests include viewing literacy as a social practice and exploring the comprehension of socially embedded texts through transactive means by considering all semiotic components of a text as contributing to its meaning.
Dr. Bird’s teaching interests are in training reading specialists for the elementary and high school levels, and in the professional development of all educators as literacy teachers through increased reflection and meta-cognitive growth. Dr. Bird also regularly selects outstanding graduate students as nominees for the College of Education Professionalism Award and to work with her to present at state and national conferences.
Dr. Bird’s research interests include developing strategies for using young adult literature (YAL) in the content areas, and increasing comprehension through incorporating the semiotic and visual components of a text. She is also enthusiastic about assisting teachers to incorporate elements of students' non-school literacies (including technology-based multi-modal texts and popular culture) into the classroom for use as reading intervention tactics with struggling readers.
- Bird, C. M., & Kindberg, M. (2009). Reader’s Guide for Gail Jarrow’s Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor.
- Bird, C. M., & Kindberg, M. (2009). Teacher's Guide for Gail Jarrow's Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor.
- Magiera, K., Bird, C. M., Simmons, R., Geraci-Crandall, L., Beier, C., & Moon Ro, J. (2010). Undergraduate teacher candidate beliefs and knowledge about reading: Does tutoring in an after-school program make a difference? Exceptional Individuals (New York State Council for Exceptional Children).
- Bird, C. M. (2007). The impact of the expansion of literacy on the teaching of reading: The meta-linguistic technique for proficiency. Forum on Public Policy: Literacy: The Public Imperative, 3(1), 1-12. (peer-reviewed).
- Bird, C. M. (2005). When cultures meet, what's a teacher to do? Highlighting the 'cultural' in 'literacy as a socio-cultural tool.' Language and Literacy Spectrum: New York State Reading Journal, 15, 40-52. Online edition
- Bird, C. M. (2005). How I stopped dreading and learned to love transcription. Qualitative Inquiry 11(2), 226-248.
- Bird, C. M. (2004). Sinking in a CM-C: A graduate student's experience of learning through asynchronous computer-mediated communication. Reflective Practice 5(2). 253-63.
- Bird, C. M. (2002). Phenomenological realities or "Quinntown" life in a cyber community. Journal of American Culture, 25(1-2), 32-37.
- Bird, C. M., Gray, A., & Weber N. (2011). Book Trailers: Connecting audio and visual literacies with writing technology. Workshop presentation at the Annual Convention of the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA), April 3-5, 2011, Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Bird, C. M., Schaffer, A., & Garvin, J. (2009). Teaching math and science with Junie B. Jones and Diary of a Worm. Workshop presentation at the Annual Convention of the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA), March, 2009, Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Marshall, J., & Bird, C. M. (2009). Beyond the horizon of the past: Reading historical primary documents in diverse elementary classrooms. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Reading Association (IRA), February 21-24, 2009, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Bird, C. M., & Thibodeau, A. (2007). Activating prior knowledge: How to incorporate diverse literacies into pre-reading strategies. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers for English (NCTE), Nov. 18, 2007, New York City.
- Bird, C. M., Chen, X., Fraccica, A., & Brachmann, C. (2007). The path to developing student expository voice. Workshop presentation at the Annual Convention of the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA), Nov. 8, 2007, Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Bird, C. M. (2007). Fanfiction writing: An empowering alternative to "Write about yourself." Workshop presented at the SUNY Fredonia Professional Development Writing Conference by the College of Education, October 27, 2007, at SUNY Fredonia.
- Bird, C. M. (2006). The impact of the expansion of literacy on the teaching of reading: The meta-linguistic technique for proficiency. Invited presentation for the Oxford Round Table on Literacy, at the Lady Margaret Hall College of Oxford University, England, July 23-28, 2006.
- Bird, C. M., Nenno, C., & McNamara, R. (2006). Reading the pictures: Visual literacy as critical literacy. Workshop presentation at the Annual Convention of the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA), Nov. 9, 2006, Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Bird, C. M., Fallon, C., & Arney, M. (2005). Buds to Blossoms: Growing Literacy Concepts in Beginning Reading Specialists. Research poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA), May 2-5, 2005, San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Bird holds a Ph.D. in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) Canada. Her thesis title is, Adolescent Understanding of Narrative Television. She earned her M.A. in English (Literary Criticism) from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with her thesis entitled, An Application of Reader Response Critical Theory to 18th century Poetry. In addition, Dr. Bird holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Secondary English from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS.) from the Canadian Bible College in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.