[learning sciences program]
“you don’t just give up / you don’t just let things happen / you make a stand / you say no //”
Doctoral student, Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University (expected 2014)
- Areas of interest: queer studies, gender studies, literacy studies, postructuralist theory, Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, equity and social justice in public schooling, researcher-as-activist / educator-as-activist
Master of Fine Arts, English (Creative Writing / Poetry Emphasis), Colorado State University (May 2005)
- Areas of focus: film studies, discontinuous narrative, foreign languages and literatures
B.A., English, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (1999)
- Areas of focus: colonial literatures, gay and lesbian literatures, memoir, French language and literatures
Massachusetts Educator’s License, English 8-12 (2007)
2011-present: Research Associate, StudentNet Project, Indiana University. (Faculty advisor: Joshua Danish.) Participated in drafting literature review and grant proposal; developed research and interview protocol; drafted and submitted IRB application; organized data collection in high school English classroom; collaborated with participating teacher on development of curricular materials.
2009-2011: Graduate Research Associate, Participatory Assessment Project, Indiana University. (Faculty advisor: Daniel T. Hickey.) Participated in data collection; collaborated with participating teachers on development of curricular materials; participated in writing papers and delivering presentations; helped to develop interactive websites to showcase project work.
2009-2010: Research Consultant, SociaLens, Bloomington, IN. Completed and presented a case study of social media use of a local co-operative supermarket. Developed assessment measures to interpret employee proficiency with and aptitude for social media tools.
2007-2009: Researcher and Curriculum Specialist, Project New Media Literacies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Principal Investigator: Henry Jenkins.) Led development of a curriculum for use in the high school English classroom; conducted observations and collected field notes from seven schools piloting material from this curriculum; collaborated with members of Harvard’s GoodPlay Project on design and development of an Ethics Casebook for use in junior high and high school classrooms.
books, book chapters, and journal publications
McWilliams, J. (2013, in press). Queering educational research and the politics of ‘Conservatively Queer’: Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love tailored dress shirts. Manuscript accepted for publication in Gerald Walton (ed.), The Gay Agenda: Creating Space, Identity, and Justice. Peter Lang.
Jenkins, H., & Kelley, W., with Clinton, K., McWilliams, J., & Reilly, E. (2013, in press). Reading in a Participatory Culture. New York: Teachers College Press.
McWilliams, J., Hickey, D.T., Hines, M., Conner, J.M., & Bishop, S.C. (2011). Using Collaborative Writing Tools for Literary Analysis: Twitter, Fan Fiction and The Crucible in the Secondary English Classroom. Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:3, 238 – 245.
Hickey, D.T., Honeyford, M.A., & McWilliams, J. (in press). Reading Moby-Dick in a Participatory Culture: Organizing Assessment for Engagement in a New Media Era. For Journal of Educational Computing Research, Special Issue: Young people, Learning and Social Media.
Hickey, D. T., Honeyford, M. A., Clinton, K. A., & McWilliams, J. (2010). Participatory assessment of 21st century proficiencies. In V. Shute & B. Becker (Eds.), Innovative assessment in the 21st century: supporting educational needs. New York: Springer.
McWilliams, J. (2012, in press). Review of Decoding liberation: The promise of free and open source software, by Samir Chopra and Scott Dexter. Information Society.
McWilliams, J. (2011, May 16). The Kids are Alright: a review of Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with new media, by Mizuko Ito, Sonja Baumer, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Rachel Cody, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Heather A. Horst, Patricia G. Lange, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Z. Martinez, C. J. Pascoe, Dan Perkel, Laura Robinson, Christo Sims, and Lisa Tripp. Mind, Culture, and Activity.
McWilliams, J. Book Review: ‘Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology,’ by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson. eLearn Magazine. November 17, 2009. Published online at http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=reviews&article=11-1.
McWilliams, J. Book review: Teaching the New Writing: Technology, change, and assessment in the 21st-century classroom. THEN: Technologies, Humanities, Education, Narrative. June 15, 2009. Published online at http://thenjournal.org/review/234/.
blogs and online writing
2010: HASTAC Scholar forum host, “Openness in Academia” (http://www.hastac.org/forums/hastac-scholars-discussions/openness-academia).
July 2010-present: making edible playdough is hegemonic: notes toward resistance (http://jennamcwilliams.com). key topics: civic engagement, social justice, politics, human rights, gender politics, education, public schools.
May 2009-August 2009 featured blogger: The Guardian / Comment is Free. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jenna-mcwilliams).
February 2009-July 2010: sleeping alone and starting out early (http://jennamcwilliams.blogspot.com), an occasional blog on culture, education, new media, and the social revolution. key topics: education, new media, participatory cultures, social justice, journalism, open education, film and book reviews, popular culture, the social revolution.
INTERVIEWS & PRESENTATIONS
Interview with CBCradio: Spark (March 28, 2010). Computers are hard. Who’s to blame? Available at http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2010/03/spark-107-march-28-30-2010/.
Interview with CBCradio: Spark (November 19, 2009). On New Media Literacy: Practical strategies for equipping young learners in a new media age. Available at http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/11/full-interview-jenna-mcwilliams-on-new-media-literacy/.
Interview with the BBC: BBC News Hour (May 8, 2009). On Rupert Murdoch, the news pay wall, and the future of print journalism: a conversation with Joshua Benton. Available at http://www.joshuabenton.com/bbcworldservice050809.mp3.
McWilliams, J. (April 2012) Silence at the Intersection: Essentialism and Truncation of Experience. AERA Annual Meeting 2012, Vancouver, BC.
McWilliams, J. “(March 2012). I would just stop that shit”: When kids question the world of the story they’ve been written into. Thoughts from DML’s Emerging Scholars: Findings and Insights from Early Career Researchers, Developers, and Practitioners. Digital Media & Learning Conference 2012, San Francisco, CA.
Hickey, D.T., McWilliams, J., Bishop, S., & Soylu, F. (April 2011). Participatory Assessment for Engagement, Understanding, and Achievement in Online Learning Contexts. AERA Annual Meeting 2011, New Orleans, LA.
McWilliams, J. (March 2011). on the question of democracy and empowerment. Presentation for symposium: Participatory Culture Reconsidered: Moving Beyond Rainbows, Unicorns and Butterflies. Digital Media & Learning Conference, Long Beach, CA.
Hickey, D.T., McWilliams, J., & Bishop, S. (Nov. 2010). Participatory Assessment for Engagement, Understanding, and Achievement. Presentation for Faculty Research Seminar, Office of Research and Development, Indiana University School of Education.
McWilliams, J. (Oct. 28 2010). When we tell kids they can make a difference…and they’re wrong. Disembodied citizens and communities: How new technologies are changing how students learn, collaborate and construct civic identities, panel for the International Association for Research of Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
McWilliams, J., Baechtold, T., & Finn, G. (Oct. 8, 2010.)Today’s writing is social, collaborative, and multimodal—so how do we grade it? Roundtable discussion for the Indiana Teachers of Writing Annual Conference.
Clinton, K.A., & McWilliams, J (2010, April). A Model for Reading in a Participatory Culture. AERA Presentation.
Hickey, D.T., Honeyford, M.A., & McWilliams, J. (2010, April). Participatory Assessment: Remediating Curriculum and Testing for the 21st Century. AERA Presentation.
Honeyford, M., Rupert, R., & McWilliams, J. (2009, Nov. 18). What is Assessment for? Creating Participatory Classrooms for Readers and Writers. National Writing Project Convening: Digital Is…., Philadelphia, PA.
Honeyford, M., Rupert, R., McWilliams, J., & Sykes, L. (November 20, 2009). Reading in a Participatory Culture: New Media Literacy Practices and Discursive Assessment Strategies for Critical and Creative Engagement with Classic Texts. National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
McWilliams, J. (Oct. 24, 2009). Participatory Assessment for New & Traditional Literacies: Positioning Assessment to Support Participation. Home, Inc., Biennial Media Literacy Conference, Boston, MA.
Honeyford, M., Rupert, R., & McWilliams, J., The “Rise of Writing”: Meeting the Challenges of Researching, Teaching, and Assessing Writing in a Participatory Culture (October 9, 2009).
McWilliams, J (May 2009). Opening Keynote: Project NML’s Teachers’ Strategy Guide: What We’ve Learned. Project NML Spring Conference: Learning in a Participatory Culture, Cambridge, MA.
Reilly, E., & McWilliams, J. (August 2008). Roundtable Discussion. Salzburg Academy: Salzburg, Austria.
McWilliams, J. (August 2008). Multimedia Presentation: An Overview of Project New Media Literacies’ Teachers’ Strategy Guide. Project NML Teacher Workshop: Cambridge, MA.
McWilliams, J. (May 2005). Same as it Ever Was: Class, race, and gender in Romero’s Living Dead trilogy. Colorado State University Graduate Student Conference, Fort Collins, CO.
McWilliams, J.M., Hickey, D.T., & Conner, J.M. (April 2011). Closing the Participation Gap: Using Participatory Assessment to Support Digital Literacy. Poster for roundtable session: New Tools, New Times, New Learning: Using Digital Environments and Assessments to Promote Sustainable Learning, AERA Annual Meeting 2011.
McWilliams, J. (November 2008). Media Gallery: What is Reading in a Participatory Culture? NCTE Annual Convention: San Antonio, TX.
McWilliams, J. (Oct. 2007). Poster Session: Introducing Project New Media Literacies. Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, Nashua, NH.
* indicates a course of my own design
Fall 2011-Present: Associate Instructor, Indiana University
EDUC-P251: Educational Psychology for Elementary Education Majors (taught 3 sections). This survey of learning theories, motivational research, assessment and classroom designed includes an early field experience and is intended to prepare preservice teachers for courses in their major.
*EDUC-P250: General Educational Psychology (taught 1 section). This class is designed as an overview for non-education majors of the key components of educational psychology. The course focused on the question: What makes someone smart in one context and dumb in another?
Fall 2005-Spring 2007: Senior Lecturer, Suffolk University
C101, College Composition (6 sections)
C103 American Literature (3 sections)
Fall 2006-Spring 2007: Lecturer, Bridgewater State College
COMP102, Advanced Composition (3 sections)
COMP101, Basic Composition (1 section)
Fall 2005-Summer 2006: Lecturer, Newbury College
C99, Basic Composition (1 section)
C100, College Composition (2 sections)
C115, Business Communications (1 section)
C120, Literature & Interpretation (1 section)
Fall 2003-Spring 2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University
COCC150, College Composition (4 sections)
E210, Introduction to Creative Writing (1 section)
Fall 2002-Spring 2004: Apprentice Poet, Literacy Through Poetry Program
Taught creative writing workshops to at-risk elementary school students throughout the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, CO.
Fall 2002-Spring 2003: Writing Consultant, Colorado State University
Served as a writing tutor helping undergraduate, graduate-level, and foreign and ESL students and non-students develop, organize, and focus academic, creative, and professional writing.
SERVICE AND RECENT AWARDS
April 2012-April 2013: Communications Chair, Cultural-Historical Special Interest Group, AERA
Jan. 2011-present: Panelist, Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Speaker Series, Indiana University
2011-2012: Student representative to Learning Sciences faculty, Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association, Indiana University
2010-2011: HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technology Advanced Collaborative) Scholar
2010-2011: President, Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association, Indiana University
2010-2011: Recruitment Chair, Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association, Indiana University
Feb.-April 2010: Web administrator, coordinator, Save Aurora School organization
Jan. 2010-present: Web administrator, LSGSA website (http://www.indiana.edu/~lsgsa/index.html).
2009-2010: Secretary, Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association, Indiana University
2009-2010: Professional Development Chair, Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association, Indiana University
2009-present: Social co-chair, Learning Sciences World Domination Task Force
Curriculum Specialist, Project New Media Literacies (March 2008-June 2009)
Education Outreach Coordinator, Project New Media Literacies (September 2007-March 2008)
Administrative Assistant, Mary Crow—Colorado Poet Laureate (Fall 2002-Spring 2004)
Reporter, Holly Herald/Fenton Independent, Spinal Column Newsweekly (2000-2002)
Assistant Director, Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (1999-2000)
2005 First Place: CSU Outstanding Literary Essay Award
2005 Honorable Mention: Academy of American Poets College and University Prize
2004 Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award
2003 Academy of American Poets College and University Prize
2003 Honorable Mention: Ruth Lilly Prize
1999 Outstanding English Student Award
1999 Honorable Mention: Oldenburg Award (Poetry)
1998 First Place: Oldenburg Award (Poetry)