Dr. Leah Katherine Saal is an Assistant Professor of Literacy at Loyola University Maryland, School of Education. She teaches graduate courses in literacy education and research. Saal is informed by her ongoing experiences teaching literacy to adults and older students in and out of school settings in urban communities. Leah Katherine’s research agenda focuses on the intersectionality of literacy and social justice within community literacies, and her recent research assessed the clarity of U.S. government food assistance applications post Plain Writing Act. Saal serves on several international and national editorial review boards for adult and adolescent literacy/learning journals. This year, she serves as the co-editor of Literacy & Social Responsibility, a journal of the International Literacy Association.