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Sarah C. Lohnes Watulak
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Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Technology & Literacy
Towson University
slohneswatulak AT towson DOT edu


Education
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Ed.D., Communication and Education, 2003-2008
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Dissertation Title: Being Net Gen: Exploring the role of technology in college students' social identity enactment on campus
Advisor: Charles Kinzer, Ph.D.
 
M.A., Communication and Education, 2006
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
 
B.A., French, 1996-2000
Connecticut College, New London, CT

 



Professional Experience
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Assistant Professor, 2008-present
Department of Educational Technology and Literacy
Towson University, Towson, MD
Adjunct Instructor, Fall 2007
Department of Math, Science, and Technology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Course title: Social and Communicative Aspects of Internet Communication Technologies
Research Assistant, Integrated Curriculum Project, 2006-2008
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Project Directors: Dr. Charles K. Kinzer (Teachers College, Columbia), Dr. Herbert Rieth (University of Texas – Austin). Funded by USDOE/OSEP: $1,500,000.
Teaching Assistant, Summer 2007
Department of Math, Science, and Technology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Course title: Technologies and Literacies
Research Assistant, Case Technology to Enhance Literacy Learning Project, 2003-2006
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Project Directors: Dr. Charles K. Kinzer, Dr. Linda Labbo, Dr. Donald Leu, Dr.William Teale. Funded by IERI/NSF: $5,551,059.
Consultant, The Brearely School, Spring, 2004
New York, NY
Consultant, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, 2003-2006
Ann Arbor, MI

 

Teaching at Towson
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ISTC 201 Using Information Effectively
ISTC 301 Integrating Instructional Technology
ISTC 541 Foundations in Instructional Technology
ISTC 667 Instructional Design and Development
ISTC 695 Independent Study in ISTC
ISTC 705 Advanced Web Applications in Education

 



Scholarship, Publications, and Related Activities
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a. Articles and Book Chapters
Lohnes Watulak, S. (in press). "I'm not a computer person:" Negotiating participation in academic Discourses. British Journal of Educational Technology.
Lohnes Watulak, S., Laster, B.P, Liu, X., & LERN. (in press). Technology stalled: Exploring the new digital divide in one urban school. Journal of Language and Literacy Education.
Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010). "You should be reading not texting": Understanding classroom text messaging in the constant contact society. Digital Culture & Education, 2(2), 171-192. Retrieved from http://www.digitalcultureandeducation.com/uncategorized/dce1032_watulak_html/
Lohnes, S., Wilber, D., & Kinzer, C.K. (2008). A brave new world: Understanding the Net Generation through their eyes. Educational Technology: The Magazine for Managers of Change in Education, 48(1), 21-27.
Lohnes, S., & Kinzer, C.K. (2007). Questioning assumptions about students’ expectations for technology in college classrooms. Innovate 3(5). Available http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=431
Wilber, D., Kinzer, C.K., Lohnes, S. (2007). Preservice Teacher Education Through a Case-Based Online Learning Environment. In Kinzer & Verhoeven, (Eds.). Interactive Literacy Education: Facilitating Literacy Environments Through Technology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Kinzer, C. K., Kapur, M., Cammack, D. W., & Lohnes, S. (2006). Assessing conceptual change in an anchored, case-based environment. In Barab, S., Hay, K., Songer, N., & Hickey, D. (Eds.), Making a Difference: Volume I and II. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Conference of the Learning Sciences. Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Kinzer, C. K., Kapur, M., Lohnes, S., Cammack, D. W., Hoffman, D., Kontovourki, S., & Turkay, S. (2006). Assessing preservice teachers' conceptual change in an internet-based, case instructional environment. In Sun, R., & Miyake, N. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society/5th International Conference on Cognitive Science. Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Lohnes, S. (2006). What do Net Gen students have to teach us? Stories from the connected classroom. Transformations. Available http://nitle.org/index.php/nitle/transformations
Lohnes, S. (2006). Using blogs in a college classroom: What’s authenticity got to do with it? In Blogs for Learning (What’s New?). Available http://blogsforlearning.msu.edu/articles/view.php?id=7
Lohnes, S. (Winter 2004). Managing information with RSS. The NITLE News, 3(1). Available http://newsletter.nitle.org/v3_n1_winter2004/features_rss.php
:: Lohnes, S. (Winter 2003). Weblogs in education: Bringing the world to the liberal arts classroom. The NITLE News, 2(1). Available http://www.nitle.org/newsletter/v2_n1_winter2003/features_weblogs.php

b. Book Reviews
Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010). [Review of The socially networked classroom: Teaching in the new media age]. Teachers College Record. Available from http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=15964
c. Scholarly Presentations
Lohnes Watulak, S. (2011, April). Beyond technology skills: Toward a framework for critical digital literacies in pre-service technology education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
Lohnes Watulak, S. (2011, March). Preparing digital citizens for a participatory culture: Critical digital literacies in pre-service education. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Nashville, TN.

Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010, December). Reflection in action: Using inquiry groups to explore critical digital literacy with pre-service teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference/Literacy Researchers' Association, Ft. Worth, TX.

Song, L., Lohnes Watulak, S., Kritskaya, O., & Elmendorf, D. (2010, March). Understanding undergraduate students' use of and beliefs about technology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010, February). "I'm not a computer person": Negotiating participation in academic Discourses. Paper presented at the first annual meeting of the Digital Media & Learning Conference, San Diego, CA.

Lohnes Watulak, S. (2009, December). "You should be reading not texting": Understanding classroom texting in the constant contact society. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Jin, L., Lohnes Watulak, S., & McCarthy, P. (2009, December). Current definitions of 21st century literacy in an urban school and community. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Lohnes, S., & Mittell, J. (2009, April). Using media to critique media: Media literacy in the college classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Lohnes, S. (2008, December). Exploring the academic literacy practices of Net Gen students within and beyond disciplinary contexts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Kinzer, C.K., Lohnes, S., Hoffman, D., & Turkay, S. (2008, December). Cases for conceptual change in pre-service technology and literacy instruction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Lohnes, S. (November 2007).  Cultural models of students' new literacies in the first-year college classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Lohnes, S. (April 2007).  Situating the Net Gen: Exploring the role of technology in the social identity of college students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. [download handout]

Kinzer, C. K., Lohnes, S., Kapur, M., Kontouvourki, S., Hoffman, D., & Turkay , S. (April 2007).   Tracking Engagement: How Pre-service Students Use and Learn From a Complex, Multimedia, Online Case Environment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Kinzer, C. K., Labbo, L., Lohnes, S., Love, M., & Wilber, D. (April 2007).  Looking Back to the Future: Implications for Creating, Implementing, and Researching Multimedia Cases in Pre-service Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Lohnes, S. (November 2006).  To IM or not: Exploring the contexts of undergraduates’ literate engagement with technology on campus. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA. [view presentation]

Kinzer, C.K., Kapur, M., Lohnes, S., Wilber-Cammack, D., Turkay, S., Hoffman, D. (November 2006). Assessing change in pre-service teachers’ knowledge structure and elaboration through concept webs and narrative assessments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Kinzer, C.K., Lohnes, S., Kapur, M., Hoffman, D., Kontovourki, S., Turkay, S. (November 2006). Paths to conceptual change in an Internet-based, case instructional environment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Kinzer, C. K., Kapur, M., Lohnes, S., Cammack, D. W., Hoffman, D., Kontovourki, S., & Turkay, S. (July 2006). Assessing preservice teachers' conceptual change in an internet-based, case instructional environment. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society/5th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Vancouver, Canada.
Kinzer, C. K., Kapur, M., Cammack, D. W., & Lohnes, S. (June 2006). Assessing conceptual change in an anchored, case-based environment. Presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Conference of the Learning Sciences, Bloomington, IN.
Lohnes, S. (April 2006). (De)Constructing the NetGen. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S. (February 2006). The Tech-Savvy Students are Coming!. Presented at the annual meeting of the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S. (December 2005). Blogging Within the System: Exploring Undergraduate Literacy Practices in School-Sanctioned Blogs. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Miami, FL. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S., & Kinzer, C. (May 2005). Using Weblogs and Wikis to Develop "Old" and "New" Literacies. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, TX. [view presentation blog]
Lohnes, S. (December 2004). What in the World is a Weblog? A Feature Analysis of Weblogs and Websites. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S. (October 2004). A Study of the Technology Practices of Liberal Arts College Students: Thoughts on Process and Preliminary Results. Paper presented at the Teachers College Computing, Communication, and Technoglogy in Education conference on research in technology and education, New York, NY.
Cammack, D. W., Kinzer, C. K., Cammack, S., Lohnes, S., Andrews, G., & Tilmanis, L. (April, 2004). The Effectiveness of Web-Based, Case Technologies as Shown by Preservice Teachers' Breadth and Depth of Conceptual Understanding. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Lohnes, S., Ganley, B., Wright, C., Mozes, S. (March 2003). Interactive Writing Spaces: Using Weblogs in the Writing Classroom. Presented at the North East Regional Computer Program Annual Conference, Worcester, MA. [view presentation]
Vila, H., Ganley, B., Wright, C., Lohnes, S. (July 2002). Collaborative Re-Groupings of Traditional Teaching and Support Roles: Re-Inventing Course Development for the Technology Classroom. Presented at the 8th International Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Writing Special Interest Group, Stafford, UK. [view presentation]
d. Scholarship in Progress
Lohnes Watulak, S., Song, L., Kritskaya, O., & Elmendorf, D. (submitted). Understanding Millennials: Undergraduate students' skills, comfort, and perceived benefit of technology in college classrooms. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.
Lohnes Watulak, S., Laster, B. P., & Liu, X. (in preparation). The new digital divide: Challenges and opportunities for using technology to develop 21st century literacies in urban schools. In N. Shelton & B. Altwerger (Eds.), How public policies impact 21st century literacies in U.S. schools. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

 

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Workshops and Presentations
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Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010, October). Best practices in conducting effective online instruction. Presentation for Faculty Development Workshop Series, College of Education, Towson, MD.
Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010, March). “I’m not a computer person”: Negotiating participation in academic Discourses. Invited presentation for ISTC Doctoral Seminar, Towson University, Towson, MD.
Song, L., & Lohnes Watulak, S. (2010, June). PD 360 and Student Voice for Assessment. Presentation for College of Education Technology Day, Towson University, Towson, MD.
Lohnes, S. (2008, July). Anchoring literacy instruction through multimedia cases. Invited presentation for TSSIRT students, Towson University, Towson, MD.
Lohnes, S. (October 2005). Using the spatial turn to explore undergraduate technology-related literacy practices. Presented at the Digital Language Learning Roundtable, Teachers College, New York.
Lohnes, S. (2005, May). Co-chair, program committee, Social Software in the Academy Workshop. Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Lohnes, S. (May 2005). The more things change...? Thoughts on a social software research agenda. Presented at the Social Software in the Academy Workshop, Los Angeles, CA. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S. (May 2005) Introduction to weblogs in literacy education. Invited presentation for ELL class at the City College of New York, New York, NY.
Lohnes, S. (November 2004). Social Software and the Liberal Arts College. Presented at second annual conference of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, Chicago, IL. [view presentation]
Invited participant in Social Software in the Academy Workshop (October 2004). Held at the Annenberg Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Lohnes, S. (April 2004). Weblogs, Wikis, and RSS, Oh My! An Introduction to Social Software in Education. Presentation at the North East Regional Computer Program Instructional Technology Special Interest Group, Middlebury, VT.
Lohnes, S. (Fall 2001). The Online Module Project: Self-Paced Learning and Technology. Presented at the New England Regional Association of Language Lab Directors meeting, Boston, MA. [view presentation]
Lohnes, S. (Fall 2000). The Language Lab Online. Presented at the New England Regional Association of Language Lab Directors meeting, Worcester, MA. [view presentation]

 

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
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Research Fellowship, College of Graduate Studies and Research, Towson University. 2010-2012. $3,000.

France-Merrick Scholar Award, Office of the Dean, College of Education, Towson University. 2008-2009. $3,000.

Online Course Development Initiative, co-developer, Towson University. 2009. $3,000.

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Office of Policy and Research, Teachers College, Columbia University. 2007-2008. $6,000.

 

Professional, Public, and University Service
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a. University, College, and Department Committees
University Information and Instructional Technology Committee. Spring 2010-present.
University Learning Management System Evaluation. Spring 2010.
Towson Academic Plan, COE Representative. Spring 2010.
College of Education Instructional Technology Committee. Spring 2010-present.
College of Education Strategic Planning-Technology Group. Fall 2010.
Department Merit Committee. Fall 2009-present.
Doctoral Admission Committee. Fall 2009-present.
Faculty Search Committee, December 2010-present.
ISTC 201/Towson Seminar Curriculum Revision. Fall 2009-Spring 2010.

b. External or Discipline Based
Reviewer of conference proposals, Division 12: Other Topics, National Reading Conference. 2005-present.
Reviewer of conference proposals, Division J – Postsecondary Education, Section 1: College Student Learning and Development, American Educational Research Association. 2008-2009.
Reviewer of conference proposals, Division C - Learning and Instruction, Section 5: Learning Environments, American Educational Research Association. 2007-2009.


Professional Memberships
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American Educational Research Association, Writing and Literacies SIG, Instructional Technology SIG
Literacy Researchers Association/National Reading Conference