Dr. Barbara O’Byrne

Director of CWVWP
Dr. Barbara O’Byrne is a program director of the Literacy Education Program and the Central West Virginia Writing Project at Marshall University. Her professional interests focus on writing and literacy, and in particular on the role of engagement in literacy and learning and multimodal literacy. She is published in numerous national and international journals. An active member of a writing group, she has had stories published in Perigee Publication for the Arts, The Citron Review, and Flash Fiction Magazine. She is currently working on a collection of stories about the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.


Dr. Stephanie Burdette

Co-Director of CWVWP
Dr. Stephanie Burdette has worked in the field of public and higher education for over two decades. Prior to entering higher education, she worked as a reading specialist and school administrator. Presently, she is employed as an assistant professor/assessment coordinator and serves as the co-director of the CWVWP. She also  serves as a member of WV Commission for Professional Teaching Standards.  She is deeply interested in literacy leadership, a topic which served as the framework for her doctoral studies as well as the topic for several of her state and national conference presentations.


Dr. Donna Atwood

Co-Director of CWVWP

Dr. Donna Atwood is a Coordinator at The West Virginia Department of Education in Adult Education. She has experience as a reading specialist, elementary education teacher, and instructor in the literacy department at Marshall University. Donna currently works with teachers who are providing instruction to adult learners. Her professional interests are literacy-focused family engagement, play-based curriculum, and integrating purposeful technology in the classroom.


Dr. Maggie Luma

Co-Director of CWVWP

Dr. Maggie Luma is the chief of staff at Marshall University’s June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research. Maggie is also an adjunct professor in the Literacy Education Program at Marshall University and has experience working as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and literacy coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education. Her professional interests include early childhood education, literacy, and, particularly, writing. She has presented nationally on evidence-based writing practices and continues to conduct professional development for teachers locally and nationally.