Dr. Jennifer Rowsell

Professor (PhD), Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Department of Teacher Education

Available for Graduate Advisement

Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, Faculty of Education, Brock University

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 373
905 688 5550 x6121

My research examines ways of broadening notions of literacy as a multimodal, embodied practice.

Approaching literacy as participatory, design-based, and about social inclusion, my current research initiatives include: partnering professionals in creative arts and design sectors with teachers to teach communicational and literacy skills to K-12 students; using visual methods to conduct longitudinal work with families about their literacy practices; and, research on digital, haptically driven literacy practices.

Hauge, C., Rowsell, J., Raby, R., & Turner, J. (2017). Child and Youth Engagement, Civic Literacies and Digital Ecologies. Social Justice Research Institute Annual Thematic Symposium. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. October 10-11th 2017.

Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies with Dr. Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415816243

Co-Editor of the Routledge Expanding Literacies in Education Series with Dr. Cynthia Lewis, University of Minnesota:  https://www.routledge.com/education/series/ELIE

Research Coordinator: Jennifer Turner

2016 – 2018. European Commission H2020 Programme: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange. Maker Spaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy and Creativity (MakEY). Principal Investigator: Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield. International Partner: Jennifer Rowsell and larger European Team.

2016 – 2018. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. Poor Kids and the Digital Zoo: What Cultural and Digital Mobilities Exist for Children and Young People in Two Post-Industrial Urban Locations? Principal Investigator: Diane Collier. Co-Investigator: Mia Perry. Collaborator: Jennifer Rowsell

2015 – 2020. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. 21st Century Literacies: Research and Development of a ‘Cloud Curriculum’. Principal Investigator: Kathy Hibbert, Western University. Co-Applicants & Partners: Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, and Jennifer Rowsell.

2014 – 2019. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant. Making/Re-Making Families: A Visual, Longitudinal and Cross-Cultural exploration of Family Practices, Family Photographs, and Stories. Principal Investigator: Andrea Doucet. Co-Investigators: Diane Collier and Jennifer Rowsell.

Authored Book

Pahl, K. & Rowsell, J. (In Process). Living Literacies. Boston, MA: MIT Press.

Edited Book

Kucirkova, N., Rowsell, J., & Falloon, G. (Eds.). (In Preparation). The Routledge International Handbook of Learning with Technology in Early Childhood. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Bloome, D., Leung, C, Castanheira, M. L., & Rowsell, J. (Eds.). (In Preparation). Re-Theorizing Literacy Practices: Complex Social and Cultural Contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Zaidi, R. & Rowsell, J. (Eds). (2017). Literacy Lives in Transcultural Times. In the Expanding Literacies in Education Series. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Special Issues

Doucet, A., Cook, N. & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) (In Preparation). Visual Research and Social Justice. Studies in Social Justice11(2). December 2017.
Abrams, S. S., Rowsell, J., & Merchant, G. (Eds.) (In Press). Virtual Convergence: Creating Synergies between Research on Virtual Worlds and Videogames. Teachers College Record, November 2017

Kuby, C. & Rowsell, J. (Eds.) (2017). Special Issue on Early Literacy and The Posthuman: Pedagogies and Methodologies. Volume 17, Number 3, September 2017

Rowsell, J. (Ed.) (2017). Special Issue: The Art and Craft of Literacy Pedagogy: Profiling Community Arts Zone. Volume 12: No. 1. pp. 1-42.

Journal Articles

Rowsell, J., Morrell, E., & Alvermann, D. (In Press). Confronting the Digital Divide: Debunking Brave New World Discourses. The Reading Teacher.

Rowsell, J. (2017). Passing Through: Reflecting on the Journey through Community Arts Zone. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 12(1), 1-3.

Rowsell, J., & McQueen-Fuentes, G. (2017). Moving Parts in Imagined Spaces: Community Arts Zone’s Movement Project. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 12(1), 74-89.

Rowsell, J. & Vietgen, P. (2017). Embracing the Unknown in Community Arts Zone Visual Arts. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 12(1), 90-107.

Rowsell, J., & Wohlwend, K. E. (2016). Free Play or Tight Spaces? Mapping Participatory Literacies in Apps. The Reading Teacher, 70(2), 197-205.

Rowsell, J., Burke, A., Flewitt, R., Liao, H-T., Lin, A., Marsh, J., Mills, K., Prinsloo, M., Rowe, D., & Wohlwend, K. (2016). Humanizing digital literacies: A road trip in search of wisdom and insight. Digital Literacy Column. The Reading Teacher, 70(1), 121-129.