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Yang Wang, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor of Language and Literacy
Department: Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-9963
Office: Wardlaw 205
Yang Wang


Ph.D. in Literacy, University of Missouri


Yang Wang joined the Language and Literacy faculty at the University of South Carolina in August of 2014. Yang received her Ph.D. in Literacy and M.Ed. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to coming to the U.S., she taught English language and culture at a university in the Northeast of China.

Selected publications

Wang, Y., & Gilles, C. (2017). Reading in English and in Chinese: Case study of Retrospective Miscue Analysis with two adult ELs. Reading Horizons, 56(2), 64-92.

Wang, Y., & Liu, C. (2016). Cultivate Mindfulness: A case study of mindful learning in an English as a Foreign Language classroom. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 4(2), 141-155. Retrieved from

Gilles, C., Wang, Y., & Johnson, D. (2016). Drawing on what we do as readers: Discovering and embedding strategies across the disciplines. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 59(6), 675-684. doi:10.1002/jaal.489

Wang, Y., & Zheng, Y. (2015). Mirror and window: Adult ELLs read multicultural picture books. Worlds of Words Stories: Connections from the Classroom, 4(9). Retrieved from

Zheng, Y., & Wang, Y. (2015). Implications of reading miscue analysis for English as a Foreign Language teaching. China Adult Education, 24, 175-177.

Wang, Y., & Zheng, Y. (2014). “Drive my mind into thinking”: Using freewriting in an English language learning classroom. Talking Points, 26(1), 11-18.

Gilles, C., Wang, Y., Smith, J., & Johnson, D. (2013). “I’m no longer just teaching history.” Professional development for teaching common core standards for literacy in social studies. Middle School Journal, 44 (3), 34-43.

Gilles, C., Carrillo, L., Wang, Y., Stegall, J., & Bumgarner, B. (2013). “Working with my mentor is like having a second brain/hands/feet/eyes”: Perceptions of novice teachers. English Journal, 102 (3), 78-86.


Selected research studies

Collaborative Retrospective Miscue Analysis funded by The Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)

Selected awards

The Reading Hall of Fame Supporting Young Scholars (SYS) fellow, The International Reading Association, 2014 – 2018.

Reading Miscue Research Award, The Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT), 2013, 2014

Graduate Student Leader of the Year, University of Missouri, 2012 – 2013.

Wantanee Pakarandom Memorial Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012, 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014.

Dissertation study Reading in Mandarin and English: A case study of RMI & RMA of college ELL students was placed 1st in the category of Social Sciences – Qualitative Study at the 30th annual Research & Creative Activities Forum, University of Missouri, March 2013. 


EDRD 716 Literacy Assessment and Instruction

EDRD 650 Teaching through Multicultural Literature

EDRD 730 Content Area Reading and Writing

EDRD 824 Reading Miscue Analysis

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