Maria Perpetua U. Liwanag

Associate Professor

Maria Perpetua U. Liwanag

Contact Info

Hawkins Hall, Room 107F


Ph.D., Language, Reading and Culture, University of Arizona, 2006

M.Ed., Educational Administration, University of the Philippines, 1995

BS Ed., Social Studies, University of the Philippines, 1991

Areas of Expertise

Miscue Analysis

Eye Movement Miscue Analysis (EMMA)

Digital Literacies

Critical Literacy

Children’s Literature


Maria Perpetua “Perpie” Liwanag earned her doctoral degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Arizona in 2006. Her research interests include miscue and eye movement miscue analysis, digital literacies, critical literacy, and children's literature. Her current research examines how eye movement miscue analysis (EMMA) can be utilized as a pedagogical tool for enhancing pre-service and in-service teachers’ understanding of the reading process.

Selected Publications

Liwanag, M., Fahrenbruck, M. & Kim, K. (2015). Using Reading Strategy Rulers to Help Readers Become Critically Aware of Multiple Reading Strategies. Childhood Education Journal. 91 (1), 65-68, DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2015.1001677.

Kim, K., Liwanag, M., Henderson, V., & Duckett, P. (2014). Critical dialogues about the reading process with in-service teachers and children. Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research. 16(2).

Liwanag, M., Yorio, S.* & Shepard, T.* (2013). Learning to support a first grader’s reading development through miscue analysis: A case for personalizing reading instruction. The International Journal of Literacies, 19 (3), 121-130. (*co-author with students)

Liwanag, M., Kim, K., & Duckett, P. (2013). Children revaluing themselves as readers and learners: Critical dialogues in children’s literature exploring identities.  WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom. 4 (6), 4.

Liwanag, M., Dresbach, S. & Costello, M. (2012). Collaborations in teaching technology in literacy. Academic Exchange Quarterly. 16 (4), 96-101.

Liwanag, M. & Dresbach, S. (2012). Reading multimodally: Designing and developing multimedia literacy projects through an understanding of eye movement miscue analysis (EMMA). Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Issue 1, Spring 2012.

Liwanag, M. & Kim, K. (2011). Pre-service teachers as kidwatchers: Learning to observe and document how children read. Talking Points. 22 (2), 15-21.

Selected Service and Leadership

Co-Director, Eye Movement Miscue Analysis (EMMA) Laboratory Center, Towson University 

Board Member, Whole Language Umbrella, 2014-2017

Board Member, Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking, 2013-2016