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Elizabeth (Betsy) VanDeusen, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Elizabeth (Betsy) VanDeusen, PhD Elizabeth (Betsy) VanDeusen, PhD

Director, Augusta University Literacy Center | Augusta University



Areas of Expertise (3)

Interdisciplinary Instruction

Communities of Practice


Accomplishments (6)

CMU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Internal Grant, New Research Initiative Grant, “Using Authentic Collaborative Projects to Support Technology Integration"

2013 - 2014

CEHS Faculty Scholarship Grant, “Facilitating a Teacher-in-Residence Program”

2012 - 2013

CMU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Internal Grant, Early Career Investigator, “Understanding the Work of Technical Assistance Providers”

2011 - 2012

CMU Faculty Excellence Recognition in Research, with Dr. Kathryn Dirkin


President’s and Provost Innovation Award ($50,000) with Communication & Speech Disorders and TEPD, Structured Literacy and Language Intervention Certificate


CEHS Innovation Award ($100,000) in support of The Literacy Center Initiative

2015 - 2019

Education (3)

Oakland University: Ph.D., Reading Education, Instructional Technology 2009

Eastern Michigan University: B.S., Emotional Impairment

Eastern Michigan University: M.A., Learning Disabilities

Affiliations (4)

  • International Literacy Association : Member
  • The Reading League : Member
  • National School Reform Faculty : Member
  • American Educational Research Association : Member

Media Appearances (5)

HUB for Community Innovation announces two day opening event

WFXG  tv


After over a year of construction and hard work The Hub for community innovation is getting ready to open it’s doors to the community. The Hub consists of two buildings, with the first being a multi resource center for 4 non-profits, including Augusta Locally Grown, Augusta University Literacy Center, Harrisburg Family Health Care, and Rise Augusta. “We ourselves provide fresh food access to the community, We have farmers markets where we double SNAP and EBT, we have an online market and we’re also going to have a shared kitchen space,” said Executive Director of Augusta Locally Grown, Rebecca Van Loenen. “We provide free, high quality, evidence based literacy instruction for children, adolescence, and adults who want to learn how to read and who want to get better at reading for a purpose they might have, a job that they might want to apply for or help their students at home,” explained the director of the Augusta University Literacy Center Betsy Van Deusen.

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Here’s how the HUB for Community Innovation is filling the gaps in Augusta

WRDW  tv


The HUB for Community Innovation held its grand opening Friday. The home for local nonprofits and the Boys and Girls Club promises fresh food, health care, education, and mental health services. Here’s how the HUB will be a game-changer for the Laney Walker and Harrisburg neighborhoods. Friday was about more than cutting the ribbon on two of the amazing buildings; it was about the four cornerstones in the building that makes it special.

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Chronic absenteeism seen with Richmond County students

WRDW  tv


The ITEAM’s recent series on the faces of homelessness in Augusta highlighted a lack of stability at home or no home at all – plus transportation struggles to even get to school – crippled a growing number of students from making it to class. “The amount of students who are chronically absent has more than tripled across the U.S.” Dr. Betsy VanDeusen is the Literacy Center Director at Augusta University. She has studied the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students across the country and at home.

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HUB for Community Innovation opens little libraries for little kids

WRDW  tv


The HUB for Community Innovation hopes to be a central place for learning, food resources, and health care for the Laney Walker and Harrisburg neighborhoods. Their newest addition is a free little library for young kids. Here’s how it could make a big difference for the next generation. “Folks will be able to take a book to read,” said Augusta University Literacy Center Director Betsy Vandeusen.

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AU hopes to improve literacy rates with new center

WRDW  tv


A day after Augusta University opened its new literacy center at the HUB for Community Innovation, we’re learning more about how it’s going to help local students. According to data from AU, only about 30 percent of kids in Richmond County are reading on grade level by the end of their 3rd-grade year. They have books, computer areas, and even courses to help improve literacy throughout the community. These resources aren’t just for students; adults can also use them.

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Articles (3)

Using a group process map to synthesize learning

Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas


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Change agents at work: Brokering boundaries

Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Five tips for launching an online writing group

The Scholarly Teacher


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