International Innovative Community Group


  • To increase awareness of international literacy, research, activities, and ideas. 
  • To encourage contacts and collaboration between LRA and its members and literacy organizations and individuals from other nations. 

  • To increase availability of information about LRA to international members. 
  • To encourage international membership and participation in LRA.

Term Information:

The International ICG has a chair, and 2 co-chairs (first Co-chair and second Co-chair), with 3-year terms. The second co-chair organizes the application process for the travel award. The first Co-chair works with the Chair in the business of the ICG and takes over as Chair the following year. 


Chair - 2018 - 2021
Bettina Buch
University College Absalon, Denmark
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Liaison - 2020 - 2023
Patriann Smith
University of South Florida
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Incoming Co-Chair - 2020 - 2023
Lina Trigos Carrillo
Universidad de La Sabana
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Co-Chair - 2019 - 2022
Raúl Mora
Literacies in Second Languages Project, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
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Committee Members: International ICG Steering Committee

Xiaoming Liu, 
Towson University
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Jessica Rubin
University of Waikato
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Hitomi Kambara
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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Ran Hu
East Carolina University

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Lijun Jin
Towson University

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Katina Zammit
Western Sydney University

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Committee Members: Former Chairs and Steering Committee, active members

Lori Assaf
Texas State University
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Patience Sowa
RTI International
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Chinwe Ikpeze
St. John Fisher College
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Poonam Arya
Wayne State University

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Carol Janish
Texas Technical University

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Janet Gaffney
University of Auckland
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