Grad Caucus Member Bios
is a Ph.D student in the Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e della Formazione, at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. She is an educator, an expert in family education, and she has taught in the Media Education laboratories at the Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione. Maria’s research area is media education, with particular interest in the relationship between families and media. Her research areas include school activities with particular interest in Whiteboard.
is an ICT Specialist in a K-8 school, a middle school social studies teacher, a PhD grad student, and technology geek. Her professional and research interests Include: Educational Technology, Web 2.0 tools and Social Network Services, Professional Development, Media Literacy, and Digital Video. She anticipates completing her PhD in December 2011.
is a doctoral student in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. (Mass Communication track). He received a B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College, and an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. His research revolves around the psychological moderators of media influence, with emphasis on entertainment media and the role of evaluative processes. He has been a Teach for America corps member and grant-recipient to conduct research in London, England.
is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Media & Technology Program at Boston University. For the past three years, she has instructed undergraduate students in the School of Education’s Technology Lab, facilitating the integration of educational technology and multimedia into web-based teaching and learning. Theresa’s research interests include educational media and technology integration in K-12 school-based settings and in teacher preparation. Specifically, Theresa is interested in the intersections between media literacy education and twenty-first century skills. Her dissertation research focuses on media literacy integration at the middle school level. Theresa was recently hired as a Media Studies Instructor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
is a doctoral candidate in social psychology at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), with an emphasis in evaluation and applied research. Her research pertains to individual and contextual moderators of media literacy processes. Specifically, her dissertation research examines potential motivational barriers to media literacy, as well as constraints on the ability to thoroughly process media messages. She also consults as a program evaluator and quantitative analyst on a variety of projects in the areas of education, health, and child welfare. She has a B.A. in psychobiology from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in psychology from CGU, and anticipates completing her Ph.D. in spring 2012.
recently received a BA in Documentary Studies & Production from Ithaca College. She is strongly interested in media literacy and plans to attend graduate school to pursue her studies in the field. She has worked on media curriculum development with organizations such as Project Look Sharp and Green Living Project. Last year she worked at the Squeaky Wheel Buffalo Media Resources, as a media production instructor and program developer. She is currently working with Renee Hobbs at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island as an instructor in media literacy for the First Star URI Academy.