JENIFER JASINSKI SCHNEIDER— ANALYZING STUDENT-MADE FILMS
Jenifer Jasinski Schneider, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Literacy Studies program at USF. Jenifer’s research focuses on arts-based approaches to literacy education in which aspects of process drama and children’s literature support children’s symbolic development and meaning-making strategies. She also examines the ways in which digital tools affect literate practices. Jenifer is the Director of the CLICK Conference (an annual literature conference for children), the Coordinator of the doctoral program in Literacy Studies, and the faculty mentor for the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Graduate Student Organization at USF.
SUSAN CONSTABLE— ANALYZING DRAMATURGICAL TEXTS
Susan Constable is a Professor of Literacy at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Her research interests include early literacy acquisition and teacher education. As reflected in the current project, the type of research that most effectively highlights these pedagogical paths requires multiple modes of examining the unique contexts in which acts of literacy and literacy pedagogy occur. Susan is interested in examining and developing approaches that best support struggling readers, and ways to most effectively prepare teachers.
CARRIE BLOSSER SCHECKELHOFF— ANALYZING DRAMATURGICAL TEXTS
Carrie Blosser Scheckelhoff is an Associate Professor of Literacy at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She is invested in helping children learn to read and preparing teachers for that task. She explores reading and the teaching of reading through print-based modes, digital tools, and dramaturgical frames.
LINDSAY PERSOHN— CURATING ILLUSTRATIONS
Lindsay Persohn is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She has studied children’s literature, art history, library science, and literacy education. The project described here stems from her dissertation work, an analysis of themes in illustration from all Wonderland editions. She currently serves as the coordinator of school libraries in Polk County, Florida. She likes to read, travel, cook, and laugh with her wonderful family and friends.
JAMES L. WELSH— EXAMINING CHILDREN’S WEBSITES
James Welsh, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. James teaches classroom technology integration to students at the University of South Florida and professional development courses to educators through USF’s iTeach Professional Learning. James is the project leader for the Technology Integration Matrix Evaluation tools and has worked with many districts and states on educational technology initiatives. He directs the Tampa Theatre Film Camp, a digital filmmaking summer camp. His research interests include evaluation of educational technology, multimodal genres, and critical media literacy.
ANNE W. ANDERSON— INTERPRETING EDITORIAL CARTOONS
Anne W. Anderson, a doctoral candidate in Literacy Studies at USF, is also the Director of Blended and Online Learning for Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners. Her backgrounds in creative writing, journalism, business, and education contribute to her interdisciplinary approach to research. In addition to developing a method for studying cross-modal texts, she probes the ideologies in children’s and YA literature, studies newspapers as distance learning texts, and uses drama and poetry to summarize and express data and to engage groups in discussion. Learn more at awanderson.weebly.com.