PhD English: Composition and TESOL, December 2016
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Dissertation: Recontextualizations of families of linguistic and cultural diversity in educational e-discourse: A discourse analysis of representation, accessibility, and ideological values in parent involvement. Advisor: Dr. Lilia Savova; Committee: Dr. Beatrice Fennimore, Dr. Usree Bhattacharya
MA Applied Linguistics, May 2009
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia
BS Elementary Education, December 1998, summa cum laude
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Teaching and research interests:
English language development
Culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogies
Pre-service teacher training
Technology and learning
Courses taught (undergraduate and graduate levels):
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Second Language Acquisition (with practicum)
Supporting Literacy for ELLs (with practicum)
Teaching ESL: Issues in Theory and Practice (with practicum)
Professionalism and Program Development for ELLs
Newman, J. (2017). Understanding others’ stories to find our own: Helping linguistically diverse students analyze, create, and evaluate digital literacy narratives. In The Archive as Classroom. Available online (2017) and currently in-press (2019).
Improving home school partnerships with English language learning families. Presented at the IUP Graduate Scholars Forum, Indiana, PA, April 2013.
Stories in the multilingual classroom: The literacy narrative and beyond. Presented at the 2013 Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2013.
Composition and technology in first year writing. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Boston, MA, November 2013.
Bridging the gap: Moving from TOEFL essays to freshman writing assignments. Presented at the 2014 Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2014.
Representations of families of linguistic and cultural diversity in parent involvement educational e-discourse. Presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, March 2015.
“My archive”: A semester project for freshman writers. Presented at the Student Success in Writing Conference, Savannah, GA, April 2015.
Rising to the challenge: Guiding multilingual writers in freshman writing. Presented at the Student Success in Writing Conference, Savannah, GA, March 2016.
My language journey: A never-ending pursuit of codebreaking. Presented at the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Erie, PA, May 2016. Invited Talk.
Creative peer tutoring with language learners. Presented at the PSMLA Fall Conference 2016, Erie, PA, October 2016.
Utilizing memes with international English learning students: Cultivating explorations in language and popular culture. Poster presented at the 2017 CCCC Annual Convention, Portland, OR, March 2017.
Capitalizing on the local: The journey of a university/community partnership. Presented at the PSMLA Fall Conference 2017, Harrisburg, PA, October 2017.
Practice as performance: Enacting principles of culturally sustaining/responsive pedagogies in a community-based project. Forthcoming poster presented at the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2019.
Dismantling the deficit trope: What a Great Lakes school district can teach us about the "failing schools" narrative. Forthcoming presentation at the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON., April 2019
The modern country woman by modern country women: Exploring the representation of “female” in country music by female artists 2010-2017. Forthcoming presentation at the 2019 International Country Music Conference, Nashville, TN, May 2019.
IUP Graduate Scholars Forum 2013; First Place; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Presentation: Improving home school partnerships with English language learning families
IUP Graduate Awards 2016; Promising Future Research in TESOL
IUP Graduate Awards 2017; Innovative Researcher in TESOL