Dr Jen Scott Curwood
BA(Wis), BS(Wis), MS(Wis), PhD(Wis)
Senior Lecturer, English Education and Media Studies
Curriculum Coordinator, Secondary English
Program Director, Study Abroad and General Electives
A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney
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Jen Scott Curwood is a senior lecturer in English education and media studies at the University of Sydney, where she is a member of the Academic Board, chair of the Humanities Ethics Committee, and on the management team of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. Within the School of Education and Social Work, she is the Program Director of Study Abroad and General Electives as well as the English Curriculum Coordinator for the Secondary Combined Degree. She recently received the Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Australian Teacher Education Association and Teachers Mutual Bank.
Jen's research focuses on literacy, technology, and teacher professional development. In 2015, Jen spent a semester as a visiting scholar in the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction lab at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Education, E-Learning and Digital Media, and Learning, Media, and Technology. She has published a co-authored book, Conducting Qualitative Research of Learning in Online Spaces.
Jen completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA. Her major area of emphasis was Literacy Studies, with minors in Composition and Rhetoric and Educational Psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jen was a public school teacher. She taught middle school and high school English, and she is accredited as a K-12 reading specialist. Since coming to Australia, Jen has established a partnership with the Compass Program, within the University of Sydney's Social Inclusion Unit, and provides literacy workshops for high school students in western and southwestern Sydney as well as rural areas of New South Wales.
Visit her website for her CV and more information about her work.
- Literacy and literature
- Learning technologies and new media
- Teacher education and professional learning
Teaching and supervision
- Program Director: Study Abroad and General Electives
- English Curriculum Coordinator: Secondary Combined Degree (B.Ed./B.A.)
- Unit Coordinator: EDSE3044 - Teaching English 1, EDSE3062 - Teaching English 2, EDSE4027 - Teaching English 3, EDUF3034 - Australian Theatre, Film, and Learning
- Senior Tutor: Sancta Sophia College
Current Research Projects:
- Speak out: Fostering intercultural dialogue and social transformation through spoken word poetry. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Grant, AU$15,000.
- Words make things happen: Transforming Shakespeare in the English curriculum, with Huw Griffiths and Alison O'Grady (University of Sydney). University of Sydney Education Innovation Grant, AU$25,180.
Prior Research Projects:
- Ask Charlie: A participatory mobile website for resource-based academic professional development, with Kate Thomson and Martin Tomitsch (University of Sydney) and Matthias Hank Haeusler (University of New South Wales). Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Extension Grant, AU$28,400.
- Professional development for academics: Evaluating a personalised mobile website for learning from student feedback, with Martin Tomitsch, Graham Hendry, and Kate Thomson (University of Sydney). Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Grant, AU$50,000.
- Adolescent literacy practices and online affinity spaces. International Program Development Fund Grant, AU$6,375.
- The role of teacher professional development in shaping students' writing motivation. Centre for Excellence Grant, AU$26,600.
- Collaborating with middle school teachers to promote students' literacy achievement, with Mary Louise Gomez (University of Wisconsin). Partner School Network Grant, US$10,000.
- Digital tools, social identities, and cultural models in teacher professional development. Wisconsin State Reading Association Grant, US$500.
- Editorial Board, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English in Australia, and Sense Publishers' Gaming Ecologies and Pedagogies Series
- Reviewer for the English Journal and the Literacy Research Association Yearbook as well as the American Educational Research Association, International Society of the Learning Sciences, Literacy Research Association, and Games, Learning, and Society conferences
- Humanities Ethics Committee; Undergraduate and Pre-Service Studies Committee, and International Committee, Sydney School of Education and Social Work; Consultant, Compass Program, Social Inclusion Unit
Awards and honours
- Teacher Educator of the Year Award, Australian Teacher Education Association and Teachers Mutual Bank, 2016
- Taylor and Francis Prize for Best Paper by a New Researcher, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference, 2016
- Research in Literacy Education Award Finalist, United Kingdom Literacy Association and Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 and 2016
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education and Social Work, 2013
- Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award Finalist, International Reading Association, 2012
- Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Literacy Research, 2012
- Carrie R. Barton Memorial Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, 2010 to 2011
- Fellowship, Wisconsin Spencer Doctoral Research Program, 2008 to 2010
- Pat Bricker Research Award, Wisconsin State Reading Association, 2010
- Netzer-Wendt Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, 2008 to 2009
- Initiative of Education Equity Award, American Association of University Women, 2006
In the media
- Students' Motivation and Engagement in Writing in Education Matters
- A Writer's Craft: A Conversation with Melina Marchetta in The Conversation
- Adolescent Writing in Online Fanfiction Spaces in Reading Today
- Australian Schools Must Promote LGBT-Inclusive Education in The Conversation
- A Life Lesson in Teaching in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Literacy and Technology in Literacy Daily
- Australia's Digital Education Revolution in Reading Today
- Is Technology Helpful or Harmful to Children? in the Sydney Morning Herald
- Learning in Online Affinity Spaces in Reading Today
- Internet Nurtures Literacy Development in ComputerWorld
- Speak out: Fostering intercultural dialogue and social transformation through spoken word poetry; Curwood J; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Federal)/Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program.
- Ask Charlie: A participatory mobile website for resource-based academic professional development; Thomson K, Tomitsch M, Curwood J, Haeusler M; Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)/OLT Grants.
- Professional development for academics: Evaluating a personalised mobile website for learning from student feedback; Tomitsch M, Curwood J, Hendry G, Thomson K; Office of Learning and Teaching, Australian Government/OLT Grants Research - Seed Projects.
- Adolescent literacy practices and online affinity spaces; Curwood J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
- The role of teacher professional development in shaping students' writing motivation; Curwood J; Epping Boys High School/Research Support.