Heather Casey
Associate Professor Email: hcasey@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5646
Office Location:
102M Memorial Hall

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Associate Professor
Email: 
hcasey@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5646
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
102M Memorial Hall

Education

  • 2006: Ph.D. in Education - Literacy concentration
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
    Dissertation title: Making room for the middle: Understanding effective middle school teachers and their work with struggling readers and writers
    Advisor: Dr. Lesley Mandel Morrow
  • 2000: Ed.M. in Reading Education with Reading Specialist concentration
    Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
    Thesis title: The language arts block: From research to practice
  • 1995: B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education
    Rutgers College, General Honors Program, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Graduated with Highest Honors

Certifications

  • Secondary English Educator
  • Elementary Educator
  • Reading Specialist
  • Supervisor

Teaching Experience

University Level

  • 2012 – present    Associate Professor – Literacy – Rider University, Department of Teacher Education
    • Sole responsibility for planning and teaching two to three courses per semester to advanced undergraduate students
    • Preparation of graduate course – beginning 2013
    • Supervise student teachers
    • Advise students
    • Participate in university department meetings
    • Assist in coordination of literacy program
    • Active contributor to course design and redesign with literacy colleagues
  • 2007 - 2012    Assistant Professor – Literacy - Rider University, Department of Teacher Education
    • Sole responsibility for planning and teaching two to three courses per semester to advanced undergraduate students
    • Supervise student teachers
    • Advise students
    • Participate in university department meetings
    • Assist in coordination of literacy program
    • Active contributor to course design and redesign with literacy colleagues
  • 2006 - 2007        Full Time Instructor Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
    • Sole responsibility for planning and teaching three courses per semester to advanced undergraduate and graduate students
    • Advise students
    • Assist in coordination of literacy program committee work
  • 2005 - 2006        Part - Time Lecturer Rutgers University Graduate school of Education
    • Sole responsibility for planning and teaching two courses per semester to advanced undergraduate and graduate students
  • 2002 - 2005        Teaching Assistant Rutgers University Graduate School of Education
    • Sole responsibility for planning and teaching three courses per year to advanced undergraduate and graduate students
    • Practicum Supervisor: Early Childhood/Elementary Education certification students

Courses Taught at Rider University

  • Content Area Literacy
  • Emergent Literacy - grade level focus: P - 3
  • Fostering Language and Literacy - grade level focus: 3 - 5
  • Literacy Learning in the Middle Grades - grade level focus: 6 – 8
  • Student Teaching Supervision
  • Seminar in Student Teaching
  • Supervised 2 Supervised Studies
  • Supervised 2 Independent Studies

Courses Taught At Rutgers University

  • Literacy Development in the Early Years - grade level focus: birth - 3
  • Literacy Development in the Elementary and Middle School - grade level focus: 4 - 8
  • Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (graduate level) - grade level focus: 4 - 8
  • Differentiation of Instruction in the English/Language Arts - grade level focus: 7 - 12
  • Language and Linguistics - grade level focus: 7 - 12
  • Clinical Reading Lab (graduate level) - grade level focus: K - 12

Related Experience

  • 2004- present        New Jersey Professional Development Provider
    • Conduct a variety of workshops and mini-courses in area schools to support teachers’ (K - 12) professional development in the area of literacy
  • 2005            Head Teaching Assistant
    Rutgers, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
    • Completed classroom observations of teaching assistants
    • Met periodically with teaching assistants to offer constructive feedback on teaching activities
    • Developed and organized workshops
    • Provided teaching resources for teaching assistants

K - 12 Teaching Experience

  • 1995 - 2002        Language Arts Teacher - seventh grade
    Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, Manalapan, NJ
    • Taught integrated language arts in a block schedule
    • Piloted and implemented integrated language arts program
    • Curriculum committee member
    • Mentored field experience teachers
  • 1999   Reading Clinic Instructor - second grade
    New Brunswick, NJ
    • Worked with primary grade struggling readers to support literacy development
  • 1995 & 1997        Creative Writing Instructor - fourth - eighth grade
    Rutgers Preparatory School, Somerset, NJ
    • Developed enrichment programs for intermediate and middle school grades

Publications

  • Casey, H., Lenski, S., Hryniuk-Adamov, C (Eds). (2014 – in production). Literacy practices that adolescents deserve: An IRA E-ssentials series. International Reading Association: Delaware.
  • Casey, H. (2012, November). Multimodal learning clubs. Middle School Journal, 44, 39-48.
  • Casey, H (2012, December). Learning clubs: a framework for using literacy to learn. Journal of Reading  Education.
  • Casey, H, Garrett, T., Massett M. (in review). Jennifer’s professional journey: A continuum of change.  
  • Casey, H. (2012, January). If you value collaboration-hold students accountable for collaborative group work. In D. Lapp & B. Moss (Eds.),  Exemplary Instruction in the Middle Grades: Teaching that Supports Engagement and Rigorous Learning. New York: Guilford.
  • Casey, H. (2011). Virtual constructions: Developing a teacher identity in the 21st century. In S. Abrams & J. Rowsell (Eds.), Rethinking Identity and Literacy Education in the 21st Century. National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, 110 (1), 173 – 199.
  • Casey, H. (2010). Book review. (Re)Imagining content area literacies. Roni Jo Draper, Paul Broomhead, Amy Petersen Jensen, Jeffery D. Nokes, and Daniel Siebert (eds.) Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 13, 2010 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16258, Date Accessed: 1/26/2011 1:22:37 PM
  • Garret, T. & Casey, H. (2010). Chart your own PD path. New Jersey Education Association Review, November, 24-25.
  • Casey, H. (2010). Engaging the disengaged: Using learning clubs to motivate struggling adolescent readers and writers (reprint). In R. Bean, N. Heisey and C. Roller (Eds.). Preparing Reading Professionals. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Rowsell, J. & Casey, H. (2009, December). Shifting frames: inside the pathways and obstacles of two teachers’ literacy instruction. Linguistics and Education, 20,  311 - 327.
  • Casey, H. (2009, December). Intersections and interactions: A case study of a seventh grade teacher’s  practices with struggling readers and writers. Journal of School Connections, 2,  23 – 47.
  • Casey, H. & Gespass, S. (2009) Learning clubs: Blogging to learn. Lesson publication – readwritethink.org.
  • Reutzel, R., Morrow, L.M., & Casey, H. (2009). Organization and management of the language arts program with children from diverse backgrounds. In L. Morrow, D. Lapp & R. Rueda (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Literacy Instruction: Issues of Diversity, Policy, and Equity. New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Casey, H.K. (2008/2009). Engaging the disengaged: Using learning clubs to motivate struggling adolescent readers and writers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52,  284 – 294.
  • Morrow, L.M., Casey, H.K., & Gambrell, L. (2008). Enhancing the role of professional development for continuing teachers of reading in urban settings. In L. Wilkinson, L. Morrow, & V. Chou (Eds.), Improving the Preparation of Teachers of Reading in Urban Settings: Policy, Practice, Pedagogy. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Casey, H.K. (2007). High stakes teaching in an era of high stakes testing. The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 1, 14 – 30.
  • Morrow, L.M., Reutzel, D.R. & Casey, H. (2006). Organization and management of exemplary language arts teaching: Classroom environments, grouping practices, and exemplary instruction. In C. Evertson & C. Weinstein (Eds.), Handbook of Classroom Management (pp. 559 - 581). Mahwah, NJ: Larry Erlbaum Associates.
  • Casey, H.K. (2004). Using QARs to Motivate Middle School Comprehension. Lesson publication – ReadWriteThink.org.
  • Morrow, L.M. & Casey, H.K. (2004). A professional development project with early literacy teachers: Partners in change. The Reading Teacher, 57, 662 - 669.
  • Morrow, L.M., Casey, H. & Haworth, C. (2003). Staff development for early literacy teachers: A plan to facilitate change. In D.M. Barone and L.M. Morrow Literacy and young Children, (pp. 13 – 22). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Morrow, L.M. & Casey, H. K. (2003). A comparison of exemplary literacy instruction in first and fourth grade. California Reading Journal, 36, 5 - 17.
  • Morrow, L.M. (2003) Organizing and Managing the Language Arts Block. (assisted in developing activities and plans for chapters focusing on grades 3 – 6).

Research Presentations

  • Casey, H. & Hryniuk-Adamov, C. ( May 9, 2014 – accepted). Adolescent Literacy Moving Forward: An IRA Institute. International Reading Association annual conference, New Orleans. Co-Chairs and Organizers of the Invitational Institute.
  • Casey, H., Hryniuk-Adamov, C. & Lenski, S. (May 9, 2014). Understanding and Implementing the IRA Adolescent Literacy Position  Statement: Putting the Paper into Practice. Paper presented at the International Reading Association annual conference, New Orleans.
  • Casey, H. (April, 2014 - accepted). Learning clubs: A multimodal learning journey. Paper to be presented at the AERA annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Casey, H. & Hryunik-Adamov, C. (May, 2013). Co-Chairs of IRA Adolescent Literacy Institute. Full day institute presented at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, Texas, April 19,  2013.
  • Casey, H. (May, 2013). Multimodal learning clubs: A tool for understanding disciplinary literacy. Paper to be presented at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, Texas, April 21, 2013.
  • Casey, H. & McKool, S. (2012, April). The 21st century teacher: Using multimodal tools to support pre-service teachers’ understanding of literacy instruction. Paper to be presented at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, Chicago, May 2012.
  • Gespass, S., Paris, C., Casey, H. & McKool, S. (2012, February). Discursive pathways: Understanding how language influences the agency and identity of student teachers and their children.Paper presented at American Association of Council of Teacher Educators, February, 2012.
  • Casey, H. (2010, December). Reflective conversations. Paper presented as part of a symposium With Morrow, L.M., Tracey, D., & Beatty, J. at the Literacy Research Association (formerly National Reading Conference), Texas.
  • Casey, H. & Garrett T. (2010, November). “Changing times, changing practices: Jennifer’s Journey.” Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Casey, H. (2009, December). “Virtual constructions: Developing a teacher voice in the 21st century.” Paper presented at the National Reading Conference’s annual conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Casey, H., Gespass, S., & McKool, S. (2009, May) “Collaborative learning communities.” Research presentation at the International Reading Association’s annual spring conference.
  • Shanahan, C., Brown, L., Rozzelle, J., Casey, H., Raphael, T., Knoell, D. (2009, February). “Adolescent literacy 20/20 agenda: An open discussion about the direction of adolescent literacy research, practice, and policy.” International Reading Associations annual convention, Phoenix, Az.
  • Casey, H.  & Rowsell, J.(2008, December). “The discursive space of practice.” Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Orlando, Fla.
  • Casey, H. (2008, July). “The adolescent literacy puzzle: Negotiating policy, practice, and pedagogy.” Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Literacies for All Institute. Tucson, Arizona.
  • Casey, H. (2007, November.) “Systems that work: Organizing and managing literacy instruction in the middle school.” Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention, New York, New York.
  • Casey, H. & Morrow, L.M. (2007, November.) Session Chair & Organizer, “Situating teaching: Investigating the organization and management systems of language arts classrooms.” Panel prepared for the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention, New York, New York. Panel Participants: Heather Casey, Rider University; Tracey Garrett, Rider University; Jennifer Rowsell, Rutgers University & Lesley Morrow, Rutgers University.
  • Casey, H. (2007, November.) “The ties that bind: Adolescent literacy practices inside and outside the classroom space.” Paper presented at the National Reading Conference annual meeting, Austin, Texas.
  • Morrow, L, Casey, H. & Gambrell, L. (2007, November.) “Professional development for continuing teachers of reading in urban settings.” Paper presented as part of a Symposium Improving the Preparation of Teachers of Reading in Urban Settings: A Project of the International Reading Association, LLUTE (Literacy Leaders for Urban Teacher Education at the National Reading Conference annual meeting, Austin, Texas.
  • Casey, H. (2007, May). “Engaging the disengaged. Using book clubs to motivate struggling adolescent readers.” Paper presented at the International Reading Association’s annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
  • Casey, H. (2006, November). “Conceptualizing the organization and management systems of effective seventh grade language arts teachers across contexts.”  Paper presented at the National Reading Conference’s annual conference, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Casey, H. (2006, April). Poster session: “Intersections and interactions: Middle school struggling readers and writers.” Poster presented at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, research showcase, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2006, February). “Considering context: Understanding effective middle school teachers and their work with struggling readers and writers.” Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Casey, H. (2005, April). Poster session: “Considering context: Understanding effective middle school teachers.” Poster presented at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, research showcase. New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Morrow, L.M. & Casey, H. (2005, April). “A focus on literacy research.” Poster session for Rutgers Day in Washington: A Showcase of Innovative Research. Session and discussion for members of congress, staff, and alumni. Washington, DC.

Presentations for State Professional Organizations

  • Casey, H. & Kenyon, B. (2011, November). “Technology tools to support dynamic literacy instruction.” New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2010, November). “Learning clubs: Using literacy to learn across the content areas.” New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2009, November). “Global constructions: What does literacy have to do with it?” New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention, Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2008, November). “Content area literacy learning.” New Jersey Education Association’s annual conference Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2008, April). “Considering content: Literacy across the content areas.” Workshop presented at the New Jersey Reading Association’s spring conference. Basking Ridge, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2008, March). “Motivating adolescent readers and writers in the 21st century.: Workshop presented at the New Jersey Council of English Teachers annual conference. Montclair, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2007, April). “Engaging information: Navigating informational text.” New Jersey Reading Association’s annual convention, Edison, NJ.
  • Casey, H. (2003, February). “Using children’s literature to motivate middle school literacy.” Workshop presented at the New Jersey Reading Association’s Annual Conference. Eatontown, NJ.

Invited Presentations

  • Rutgers University Children’s Literature Day 7/9/14 - Session title: “Informational text” (with authors Brian Pinkney and Seymour Simon)
  • Rutgers University Children’s Literature Institute 6/24/13 - Workshop title: “Disciplinary literacy: Engaging children with non-fiction”
  • Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference – 4/19/13 - Workshop title: Content Area Literacy Instruction: Looking inside the disciplines
  • Kennilworth School District 3/12/12 - Workshop title: “Supporting middle school readers and writers”
  • Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference – 4/1/11 - Workshop title: Organizing and managing literacy instruction 4-8.
  • Trenton Area Writing Project - 7/26/10 - Session title: “Learning Clubs in the Classroom”
  • Asbury Park School District Professional Development Project – 1/09 – 5/10 - Project title: “Developing Effective Literacy Programs in grades 3 – 5”
  • Little Silver Public Schools – Professional Development Day – 2/12/10 - Workshop title: Building a balanced literacy program.
  • Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference –  4/3/09 - Workshop title (am): Organizing and managing literacy instruction 4 – 8 - Workshop title (pm): Strategies for Supporting Word Study in grades 4 - 8
  • Little Silver Public Schools – Professional Development Day – 2/13/09 - Workshop title: Planning for Effective Lessons K - 8
  • Bound Brook Middle School Project (1/14/09; 3/16/09; 6/3/09) - Workshop series title: “Literacy Learning in the Middle Grades: Building Readers and Writers”
  • Trenton Area Writing Project, Rider University  – (June 25, 2008). - Workshop title: “Navigating the web of meaning: Motivating writers and readers to write and read.”
  • New Jersey Association for Curriculum Development/Center for Innovative Education – School Improvement Project – (June 9, 2008, 1/6/2009, 3/16/2009) - Workshop series title: “Making a difference: Middle school literacy instruction that motivates adolescent readers and writers.”
  • Trenton Area Writing Project – Speaker at Continuity Meeting. – (February, 2008) - Presentation title: “Literacy across the content areas.”
  • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District (January, 2008) - Workshop title: “Supporting readers and writers in the middle school”
  • Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers University, NJ (August, 2007) - Workshop title: What Am I Doing in September? Strategies that Work from the Start
  • Piscataway Public Schools, Piscataway, NJ – (May, 2007) - Workshop title: Differentiating instruction in the language arts: Considering the content, processes, products and assessments that support literacy development among middle     school students.
  • Fort Lee Public Schools, Fort Lee, NJ – (May, 2007) - Workshop title: “Reading to Learn and Learning to Read: Literacy Across the Content Areas”
  • Center for Innovative Education, Kean University, NJ – (March, 2007) - Workshop title: “Motivating literacy development in the middle school”
  • Somerville Public Schools, Somerville Middle School, Somerville, NJ – (February, 2007) - Workshop title: “Reading and the Adolescent Learner.”
  • Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers University, NJ – (February, 2007) - Workshop Title: “We’re all teachers of reading: Literacy across the content areas.”
  • Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers University, NJ – (January, 2007) - Full day workshop title: “Making room for the middle: Strategies for motivating literacy development among middle school students.”
  • Rutgers Summer Literacy Institute, Graduate School of Education – June 27, 2006 - Title: “Building children’s literacy through children’s literature.”
  • Rutgers Reading Conference, Graduate School of Education,  – March 31, 2006 - Title (am):  “Building the literacy block: Strategies for differentiating instruction in the upper grades.” - Title (pm): “The wonder of words: motivating word study in the upper grades”
  • Center for Effective School Practices – Rutgers University -  January 9, 2006 - Full day workshop title: “Making room for the middle: Motivating middle school literacy development.”
  • Carteret Public Schools, Carteret, NJ – November 18, 2005 - Full day workshop title: “Literacy across the curriculum: Structures to support student learning.”
  • Carteret Public Schools, Carteret, NJ – October 17, 2005 - Full day workshop title: “Blurring the lines: Literacy instruction throughout the content areas.”
  • Little Silver Public Schools, Little Silver, NJ – October 14, 2005 - Title (am): “The dynamic literacy program: Strategies for motivating literacy development in the primary grades.” - Title (pm): Making room for the grade 4 – 8 audience: Strategies to motivate readers and writers.”
  • Rutgers Teaching Assistant Project, Rutgers University, NJ – September 28, 2005 - Title: “Constructing a syllabus.”
  • Rutgers University Teaching Assistant Orientation, Rutgers University, NJ – August 25, 2005. Title: “Constructing a syllabus.”
  • Rutgers Summer Literacy Institute, Graduate School of Education, NJ – June 23, 2005 Title: “Critical literacies: Motivating student engagement with informational text.”
  • New Brunswick Public Schools – May 12, 19, 26,  June 3 2005 - Workshop Series Title: “Effective middle school literacy instruction.”
  • Rutgers Reading and Writing Conference , Graduate School of Education– April 8, 2005. Title (am): “Working with words: Approaches to word study in the middle grades.” Title (pm): “Putting the puzzle together: Strategies for organizing and managing literacy instruction in the middle grades.”
  • St. Joseph’s the Carpenter School, Roselle, NJ – November 5, 2004. Title: “Multiple literacy strategies for differentiation of instruction - K  -8.”
  • St. Joseph’s the Carpenter School, Roselle, NJ – October 1, 2004. Title: “Blurring the lines: Literacy instruction throughout the disciplines - 4 – 8.”
  • St. Joseph’s the Carpenter School, Roselle, NJ – September 10, 2004. Title: “Guided reading as a means for differentiation of instruction - K-3.”
  • Middlesex Public Schools, Middlesex, NJ – February 17th, 2004. Title: “Differentiating literacy instruction to meet the needs of all learners.”
  • Middlesex Public Schools, Middlesex, NJ – January 20th, 2004. Title: “Implementing guided reading and writing.” 
  • Middlesex Public Schools, Middlesex, NJ – October 30th, 2003. Title: “Implementing the IEP in the regular education classroom while meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind.” (K – 5)
  • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools, Manalapan, NJ – April 6, 2001. Title: “Differentiating literacy instruction – grades 4 –8.”
  • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools, Manalapan, NJ – May 1999, February 2000. Title: “Implementing literature circles in the K-8 classroom.”
  • Voorhees School District, Voorhees, NJ – June 1998. Title: “Moving towards integrated language arts at the middle school.”
  • Matawan-Aberdeen Schools, Matawan, NJ – Fall 1995. Title: “Working as a community.”

Reviewing Responsibilities

  • 2012-present    Reviewer – The English Journal
  • 2012- present    Editorial review board – Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
  • 2011 – 2012    Guest reviewer – Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
  • 2010    Reviewer – Teachers College Record
  • 2010    Guest Reviewer - Research in the Teaching of English
  • 2010    Reviewer for Teachers College Record annual yearbook
  • 2010    Review for National Reading Conference proposals
  • 2008    International Reading Association – reviewed proposals for 2009 conference
  • 2008 - present    English Journal – Guest Reviewer
  • 2007 - present        Journal of Literacy Research – Editorial Review Board
  • 2007 - present    National Reading Conference – reviewed proposals for 2007, 2008, and 2009 conferences
  • 2006            Educational Text Reviewer – Guilford Publications, New York, NY
  • 2003 – 2005        Member of IRA’s Subcommitee on Poetry and Prose Awards

Value

  • 2013-present    SEAPOC Vice-Chair
  • 2013-2015    SEAPOC representative
  • 2013 – present    Faculty grade review panel - alternate
  • 2012 – present    Director – National Writing Project@Rider University
  • 2011 – present    Co-Chair, International Reading Association Adolescent Literacy Task Force
  • 2012-present    Representative – Rider University promotion and tenure committee
  • 2011-  present    Assessment Committee
  • 2011 - 2013        Chair, Literacy Committee, Rider School of Education
  • 2011 - 2013        Member of schoolwide technology committee
  • 2010 – 2012    Member of department technology committee
  • 2011            Member of Building Enhancement Committee
  • 2011 & 2010        Workshop presenter – Rider@NJEA “Global Literacies”
  • 2009 – present    NJ Field Council Representative – Literacy Research Association (Formerly National Reading Conference)
  • 2007 – present        Leader – Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society, Rider University
  • 2010 - present    University Assessment Committee member
  • 2010    Participant in WAC – Writing Across the Curriculum
  • 2009 - 2011    Member of URSA – Undergraduate Research Scholar Award committee – Rider University
  • 2010 – April    Representative at Rider’s Open House
  • 2010 – March    Representative and speaker at Admitted Students Day
  • 2010    Developed department PowerPoint for use at Admitted Students Day
  • 2010 - January    Representative at Rider’s Scholarship Brunch
  • 2009     Consultant – McGraw Hill Publications
  • 2008 – 2010    Invited member of the International Reading Association’s Adolescent Literacy Committee
  • 2008 – 2011    Member of Curriculum Committee – Rider University, Department of Teacher Education
  • 2009   (March)    Panel presenter to prospective student and families at “Admitted Students Day”
  • 2008 – 2009    Department Representative, Assessment Committee – Rider University, School of Education
  • 2008 – 2010    Member of Rider University’s Athletic Council
  • 2009 – January    Facilitated supervisor session “Developing Reflective Teachers” for Student Teacher Orientation
  • 2008 - November    Participated in Rider University’s open house
  • 2008    Panel participant  - Sadlier Oxford – videotape for professional development
  • 2008 – 2009        Consultant - Sadlier Oxford Publishing Company
  • 2008 - 2011        Participated in new student orientation – education students
  • 2008 - present        Participated in Rider University’s “Accepted Students” events
  • 2007 – present        Participated in Rider University’s open houses
  • 2007 – 2009        New Jersey Reading Association Executive Board – Student Membership Chair

Awards and Grants

  • 2012    Teaching Grant for the Development of Online courses – Rider University
  • 2012    G.I.F.F.T grant for Technology and Teaching – Rider University
  • 2012    Summer Developmental Fellowship for the development of a hybrid online course New Literacies for New Learning.
  • 2011    Summer Research Fellowship – “Learning Clubs: A Multimodal Learning Journey” Rider University
  • 2010     Summer Research Fellowship – “Literacy Learning in the 21st Century” Rider University
  • 2010    Reimbursement for Scholarly Expenses – “Literacy Learning in the 21st Century” Rider University
  • 2009    Summer Research Fellowship – “Learning Clubs” Rider University
  • 2009     Advisor Appreciation Award  - Rider University
  • 2008    Advisor Appreciation Award – Rider University
  • 2008    Featured in “Cross Section” – magazine article describing dissertation research
  • 2007    Recipient of the Evelyn Headley Award for Outstanding Dissertation, Rutgers University
  • 2006    Part-Time Lecturer Professional Activities Fund Award
  • 2006    Graduate School of Education Conference Travel Award
  • 2005    Graduate School of Education Conference Travel Award
  • 2001    Reinvest in Rutgers award
  • 2001    Edward Fry Reading Award (for a doctoral student identified as exhibiting promise in the areas of literacy teaching and research)

Professional Organizations/ Affiliations

  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • OTER – Organization of Teacher Educators of Reading
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Middle School Association
  • New Jersey Council of Teachers of English
  • New Jersey Reading Association
  • New Jersey Middle School Association