Marva Cappello, Ph.D.

Marva Cappello, Ph.D.
  • Professor & Director, JDP & Center for Visual Literacies
  • School of Teacher Education


Marva Cappello, Ph.D. is a Professor of Teacher Education and the Director/Founder of the Center for Literacies at San Diego State University where her work focuses on visual-based methods as equitable and inclusive practice for literacy pedagogy and qualitative research. The Center is an international community for teachers and scholars and recently hosted the well-attended symposium Voices of Women of Color: Visual-Based Research Methods on campus. Recent publications of her visual-based research have been published in the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Literacy Research: Theory Methods and Practice, Issues in Teacher Education, and The Reading Teacher highlighting studies she has completed near the US/Mexico border, Samoa, and Belize. Dr. Cappello teaches courses in literacy methods and assessment as well as qualitative research methods at the credential, masters, and doctoral levels.

  • Cappello, M. & Walker, N. (2020). Talking Drawings: A multimodal pathway for demonstrating learning. The Reading Teacher 00(0), 1-12.
  • Cappello, M., Turner, J., & Wiseman, A. (2019). Framing equitable classroom practices: Potentials of critical multimodal literacy research. Literacy Research: Theory Methods and Practice, 68.
  • Cappello, M. & Walker, N. (2019). Get the Picture! Visual Based Literacy Strategies across the curriculum. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials.
  • Cappello, M. (2019). Creating multimodal compositions: Young Belizean campers dialogue across cultures. The Reading Teacher, 73(2), pp. 239-246.
  • Cappello, M. (2019). Reflections of identity in multimodal projects: Teacher education in the Pacific. Issues in Teacher Education, 28 (1). 6-20.
  • Casassa, K., Cappello, M., Bedau, D., & Cirino, P. (2018). Tweeting at Dr. Faustus: #sdsufaustus. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 19(6). Retrieved from
  • Cappello, M. (2017). Considering visual text complexity: A guide for teachers. The Reading Teacher, 70 (6), 733-739.
  • Cappello, M., Kendig, J., Bedau, D., & Hopkins, D.J. (2016). In.Love: Analyzing participatory photographic data. Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts, 3 (2), 8-38.
  • Cappello, M. & Walker, N. (2016). Visual thinking Strategies: Teachers' reflections on closely reading complex visual texts within the disciplines. The Reading Teacher, 70 (3), 317-325.

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