Limerick lecturer named on international literacy leaders ‘30 under 30’ list

Jess Casey

Reporter:

Jess Casey

Patrick Burke, lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at Mary Immaculate College

Patrick Burke, lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at Mary Immaculate College

A LIMERICK lecturer has been named as one of the top 30 literacy leaders under the age of 30 on an international list celebrating influential people in the field.

Patrick Burke, a lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) features on the International Literacy Association’s 2019 30 Under 30 list for his research on disciplinary literacy and literacy integration. 

Representing 13 countries, this year’s list of honorees includes educators, school administrators, nonprofit leaders, authors, volunteers, researchers and social entrepreneurs. 

Mr Burke, who credits being introduced to the Harry Potter series at a young age as inspiring his lifelong love of literacy, completed a  year-long stint at the Children’s Literature Centre at Frostburg State University in Maryland during his Masters. 

The award-winning researcher is currently working toward a PhD at Dublin City University.

“The individuals on this list are solving critical issues, issues many of them have faced on their own paths to success,” says ILA executive director Marcie Craig Post.

“Their contributions are paving the way to more accessible and equitable literacy learning in their schools, communities and beyond. It’s an honour to recognise these young leaders whose vision and tenacity are transforming our world.”